Capturing Realism 2015
Ani Art Academies are excited to announce the upcoming academy-wide exhibition, Capturing Realism 2015. 17 years since its inception, the wildly popular biennial event will bring together Ani Art Academies’ artists from multiple countries around the globe. The highly anticipated show will captivate audiences with a showcase of artwork from instructors, apprentices, and alumni of the Ani Art Academies. Capturing Realism’s opening reception will be held on July 11, 2015 at the Pauly Friedman Gallery at Misericordia University, Dallas, PA from 5:00-8:00, and runs through September 30th. Please stay tuned to Ani Art Academies News for more information.

To see a promo video of the event, please click here.

Rue by Rodney Davis

Posted June 4th, 2015

ARC Approved™ Swedish Academy of Realist Art – New Name and Location
The Swedish Academy of Realist Art (SARA), also known as Atelier Stockholm, is excited to announce that it is relocating from Stockholm to the picturesque, southern coastal town of Simrishamn, this summer.
Simrishamn is located in the southern tip of Sweden in the region of Österlen, famous for its natural beauty as well as its long established artistic culture, boasting the highest density of working artists in northern Europe. The academy will own and fully occupy an impressive, 19th century historic building, centrally located within Simrishamn. The Swedish Academy of Realist Art invites everyone to visit the new school. Look for more updates about their new location at
Students can still apply to start studying at SARA. The last application deadline for the 2015/16 academic year is June 31, 2015. To learn more about their programs and how to apply, visit their website,

The school is also hiring an instructor, administrator and art models! Learn more at

Posted June 3rd, 2015

Whistler in Paris, London, and Venice
This exhibition examines one of the most celebrated artists of the 19th century through the lens of three of his earliest and most innovative sets of etchings, the so-called French, Thames, and Venice Sets. Each set is representative of an important period in Whistler’s life: as a student in Paris, absorbing the lessons of his Realist contemporaries and the Old Masters; as an emerging artist in London, forging a name for himself as an etcher; and as a well-known artist and teacher in Venice.
The exhibition ends July 19, 2015 and is located at Yale University Art Gallery – 1111 Chapel Street, New Haven, CT.

For more information on this and other exhibits, please click here.

Posted June 2nd, 2015

Only 2 Days Left To Enter the ARC Scholaship Competition!

2013 ARC Scholarship Competition
2nd Place Winner
Teresa by Sarah Margaret Gibson
As a final reminder, we will be accepting entries for the ARC Scholarship Competition through May 31, 2015.

At ARC, we view our Scholarship program as one of the most important. In order for future generations to produce great art, we must not lose the accumulated knowledge of the last several centuries. At our ARC Approved™ atelier schools, we know these methods are still taught by some of the greatest artists alive today and the students who are the recipients of these scholarships will receive the training necessary to create great works of art and carry the knowledge to the next generation.

For an application for your students to enter the scholarship competition and for more details, please click here.

Posted May 29th, 2015

GCA Student Exhibition
The Grand Central Atelier is holding their End-of-Year Exhibition on May 29, 2015 from 6:30-9:30pm. This event is free and open to the public.
Curated by the students, the show will feature cast, portrait, figure, still life and landscape paintings, drawings and sculptures.

Selected works for sale.

Dance party will begin after 9:30p.m.

Grand Central Atelier- 46-06 11th Street, Queens, NY 11101

For more information, please click here.

Posted May 29th, 2015

ARC Approved™ LAAFA Now Accredited
ARC Approved™ Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art is now accredited by National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). International students are welcomed – SEVIS approved for M-1 and F-1 Visas. LAAFA is also approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs for Educational Benefits.

Elyse Fulcher – Fine Art Student
Students are encouraged to submit applications and documents for Fall 2015 Intensive Fundamental Art Programs, Fine Art and Entertainment Art Degree and Certificate Programs. Students who submit all their documents by June 15th will benefit by receiving: 2014/2015-tuition rate of $4900 per quarter ($800 annual saving), scholarships, work-study and financial aid opportunities. LAAFA is a rolling admissions institution and applications are accepted until all spots are taken. LAAFA accepts a limited number of students for each start group.
Click here to learn more and apply.

Enjoy a FREE Online “Drawing the Hand” Lesson with LAAFA Faculty Rey Bustos!

Posted May 28th, 2015

The Critique of Reason: Romantic Art, 1760-1860
The first major collaborative exhibition between the Yale University Art Gallery and the Yale Center for British Art, this exhibition offers an unprecedented opportunity to display together treasured works from both museums’ collections. The show comprises paintings, sculptures, medals, watercolors, drawings, prints, and photographs by such iconic artists as William Blake, Géricault, Goya, and Turner.
The exhibit will be held at The Yale University Art Gallery – 1111 Chapel Street, New Haven, CT until July 26, 2015.

For more information, please click here to visit the events page.

Posted May 27th, 2015

Drawing Show
Curated by artist Colleen Barry, NUDE convenes twenty-five leaders of contemporary realism for a drawing show that celebrates the human form. Exhibited works will display a cross-section of styles, representing some of the world’s foremost art academies: The Gage Academy, The Florence Academy of Art, Studio Incamminati, Grand Central Atelier, The Art Students League, and the Repin Academy. Celebrating the human body as the shared origin of inspiration, these works present a dazzling synthesis of technical skill and personal vision.

The exhibition will be at Eleventh Street Arts, 46-06 11th St, Long Island City, NY 11101 from May 9 to June 6, 2015. Open Monday through Saturday by appointment only.

For more information, please visit our Events Page.

Posted May 26th, 2015

ARC Salon Catalog and DVD Pre-Order
The 2014-2015 ARC Salon Catalogue and Art Renewal Center Series DVD featuring Cesar Santos are available for pre-order in the ARC Store.
The 2013-2015 Catalogue features 789 color artworks, approximately 300 pages, an introduction to the ARC Salon and our first live exhibition including an essay on the top winners and their winning works.

The Art Renewal Center Series DVD – Figure Painting with Cesar Santos is produced by Streamline Art Video and will showcase master artist, Cesar Santos’s technique with a painting demonstration, an interview with the artist, and a profile of the artist’s oeuvre.

To pre-order both at a discounted rate, please click here.

Posted May 22nd, 2015

Congratulations to Max Ginsburg
ARC Living Master™ Max Ginsburg has recently won the Grand Prize at the Portrait Society of America Painting Competition for his painting “Pat-Shirtless”.

To read the entire Fine Art Connoisseur article about the competition, please click

Posted May 21st, 2015

MEAM Competition
The MEAM is still accepting entries for their 8th Figurativas Painting and Sculpture Competition, Figurativas 2015, through May 30th. The ARC Salon’s works for the live exhibit will be mounted at the same time the MEAM mounts its 8th Figurativas Painting and Sculpture Competition. The MEAM competition is organized by the Foundation of the Art and the Artists, which is, along with the ARC Salon, the other most important competition for representational art. The 8th Figurativas Painting and Sculpture Competition, Figurativas 2015, will run between November 17th and January 10th. The Official Awards Ceremony of ARC Salon and Figurativas 2015 winners will take place as one tremendous event on November 20th, 2015 at 19:00 hours at the European Museum of Modern Art (MEAM) in Barcelona and a Forum of American and European representational artists will take place the following day on Saturday the 21st.
Registration is free. To register and find the competition rules, click here.

Posted May 20th, 2015

Congratulations to Debra Keirce
ARC Living Artist™ Debra Keirce has won Best in Show at the 2015 Prairie Winds 16th National Annual Miniature Show for her 2.5 inch high painting titled “Vanilla”.

The work will be on display at the Prairie Winds Art Center – 112 West 3rd St., Grand Island, NE 68801 from May 1- 31, 2015.

To see more about this and other events, please click here.

Posted May 19th, 2015

TRAC Conference Early Bird Registration
The Representational Art Conference 2015 (TRAC2015) will take place from November 1 – 4th. It is the premier international art conference focused on the philosophical underpinnings of representational art in the 21st Century. This year TRAC will explore the roots and principles of representation as they emerge after postmodernity.

TRAC provides a platform for discussion. It does not aspire to establish a single monolithic aesthetic for representational art, but seeks to identify commonalities, to help to understand the unique possibilities of representational art, and perhaps provide some illumination about future directions.

To learn more and to register to attend, please click here.

Posted May 18th, 2015

ARC Living Master™ Robert Liberace Show
ARC Living Master™ Robert Liberace will be having a dual exhibit with Theresa Oaxaca.

The show runs from May 12 – June 2, 2015 at the Principal Gallery on 208 King St., Alexandria, VA 22314.

There will be two in-gallery demo nights along with the exhibition of new works. Both Teresa and Robert are to paint alla prima portraits from a live model.

Teresa’s live demo will be held at Principle Gallery on Friday, May 15, 2015 at 6:00 PM.

Robert’s live demo at Principle Gallery will be Friday, May 29, 2015 at 6:00 PM, featuring E. Hunt Burke, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Burke & Herbert Bank as model.

For more information, please click here.

Posted May 15th, 2015

James Van Fossan Exhibition
ARC Associate Living Master™ James Van Fossan will be making a grand debut of his painting entitled, Drama Magnifico, which will be accompanied with an original score written and performed by Van Fossan himself.
The exhibition, “Realism in the Raw”, will showcase works by Van Fossan and New York-based artists Brandon Soloff and Jennifer Gennari. The show will open with a reception on Thursday, May 14 from 6pm – 10pm. An additional public reception will be held Saturday, May 16 from 6 to 10pm.

The exhibition will take place at 9 Great Jones Street in New York City. Complimentary wine and cheese will be served to all the guests attending.

For more information, please click here.

Posted May 14th, 2015

Cesar Santos Exhibit
ARC Living Master™ Cesar Santos will be displaying his work at Art Miami-New York Pier94 12th Avenue at 55th Street New York, NY 10019.

His work will be on display form May 14th to the 17th at the Waltman Ortega Fine Arts booth #B3.

For more information, please click here.

Posted May 13th, 2015

Congratulations to Sergio Roffo
ARC Associate Living Master™ Sergio Roffo has recently won the Award of Merit in the Annual Juried Exhibition held by the Guild of Boston Artists.

The exhibition of works opened May 9th and will continue through June 6th , 2015 at The Guild of Boston Artists located on 162 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116.

For more information , please click here.

Posted May 12th, 2015

ARC Salon Update
The winners of the 2014-2015 International ARC Salon will be announced on May 18, 2015.

This year ARC has more competitors and more outstanding works to be shown than ever before.

Please visit us next week to view the final results of our 11th annual competition.

To preorder the 2014/2015 international ARC Salon catalogue, please click here. The price will increase once winners are announced.

Posted May 11th, 2015

ARC Scholarship Competition Reminder
The 15th Annual ARC Scholarship Competition has begun!

2013 ARC Scholarship Competition
Fourth Place Winner
The Kettle by Jake Posey
At ARC, we believe the ARC Scholarship Competition is one of the most important programs we offer. ARC scholarships have been helping some of the most talented emerging realist artists in the world continue their studies at ARC Approved Atelier and Academy Schools™.

Entries will be accepted May 1 – 31, 2015.

For complete competition rules, please click here to visit the scholarship application page.

For general scholarship questions, please visit our Scholarship FAQ page by clicking here.

Posted May 8th, 2015

IGOR Masterworks Museum Exhibition and Competition
The International Guild of Realism (IGOR), an ARC Allied Organization, is holding an exhibition scheduled from May 19 – July 26, 2015 at the prestigious R.W. Norton Art Gallery in 4747 Creswell Ave Shreveport, Louisiana.

This will be an IGOR members-only exhibition with an emphasis on museum-quality artwork. Among the artists exhibiting are ARC Living Masters™ David Bowers, Ardith Starostka, and Vala Ola and ARC Associate Living Masters™ Don Clapper, Ed Copley, and Sivananda Nyayapathi.

For more information about this and other events, please visit our Exhibition page.

Girl with Pearl Earrings by Vala Ola

Posted May 7th, 2015