ARC Scholarship Awards Announced
The ARC Scholarship Fund distributes over $30,000 in direct scholarships to aid students at ARC Approved™ art academy and atelier schools. As those familiar with ARC and its mission know, the organization is involved in numerous projects, all in support of a return to an appreciation of great and enduring art, to the visual expression of shared humanity, and to academic, skill-based, art education. 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.
First Place Winner
Tarkin by Aiden Baker Hill
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.

To view this year’s winners, click here.

First Place Winner
Of Earth, Heaven and Sea by Victoria Steel

Posted September 3rd, 2015

Quest for the West
The 10th Anniversary Quest for the West celebration show, sale, and auction is being held at Eiteljorg Museum, 500 W Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46204. Among the fifty artists at the show will be ARC Living Masters™ John Buxton and Joseph McGurl. Works in a diversity of styles range from historical pieces that tell stories of the early days of the West to more contemporary scenes. Wildlife, landscapes, and still life are also part of this impressive collection of all new, original works of art.
The show runs from September 11 – 13, 2015.

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

Posted September 2nd, 2015

ARC Living Master™ Nelson Shanks
ARC Living Master™ and head of Studio Incamminati Nelson Shanks passed away on Friday, August 28, 2015 from complications from cancer. Shanks became world famous for his paintings of international luminaries ranging from Pope John Paul II to Supreme Court justices. However, as much as his art, he wanted his legacy to be Studio Incamminati, School for Contemporary Realist Art, which he founded with his wife Leona. “Studio Incamminati’s purpose,” he once said, “is to produce great competence and the great painters of the next generation.” Nelson Shanks left an amazing legacy of both his own art as well as well trained artists. He will be missed.
To learn more about Nelson Shanks’s life and work, please click here.

To read the obituary in the New York Times, please click here.

Posted September 1st, 2015

New Works Added to ARC Traveling Exhibition
Three new works have been added to the list of paintings to be exhibited in the traveling exhibition for the 2014/2015 ARC Salon. Today we are adding a Rehs Contemporary Galleries Inc. Award Winner, Philippe Attie, with his painting of The Writing of Time, an Honorable Mention from the Still Life Category, Mortars, by Carlo Russo, and a finalist work from ARC Living Master™ and frequent award winner, Marina Dieul.

We have received a number of requests from artists who have been asked to participate in the live exhibition if we will provide an opportunity for them to sell their paintings. Because of this we have decided to do so. Many of the works on exhibit are also available for sale, a full list of these works can be found at the below link.

La Baigneuse
Finalist – Figurative Category
by Marina Dieul
To view newly added write-ups on these works and to see which pieces are available for purchase, please visit the page we’ve created for the exhibition by clicking here.

Posted August 28th, 2015

Classical Realism Journal News
Recently, we received a letter from an aspiring artist:

I am wondering if the Classical Realism Journal is still being published? I am retiring on August 26, and I am going to start painting again. I have always loved realism; it talks to me. I took drawing and painting classes in high school and college, but I was never taught anything about fat over lean or glazing, for example. I was taught only the wet on wet method of painting, and frequently the instructor would comment “try to be more abstract”. I have been reading everything I can, as I am going to have to learn on my own. From the examples I have seen of the Classical Realism Journal, it seems like it would be very helpful, and I would love to subscribe to it. Thank you.

Suzanne Newberry

We are republishing the full series in the months to come. To read articles from the first issue of the Classical Realism Journal on ARC, please click here.

The Epoch Times has recently published and translated into Chinese the first article of the Classical Realism Journal on their website.

To read or view the article on the Epoch Times website in Chinese, please visit the following links:

Posted August 27th, 2015

Last Chance to See Leighton’s Flaming June in NYC
At the end of his career, the British artist Frederic Leighton painted the now-iconic image of a sleeping woman in a vivid orange gown. On loan from the Museo de Arte de Ponce in Puerto Rico, Flaming June makes its first public appearance in New York City, exhibited alongside the Frick’s four full-length portraits by James McNeill Whistler, another major proponent of “art for art’s sake.”

The Frick Collection is located on 1865 Broadway at 61st Street, New York, NY 10023 and the exhibit ends September 6, 2015.

Posted August 26th, 2015

New ARC Associate Living Master™

Wildfire by Xiang Zhang
ARC is pleased to welcome Xiang Zhang as an Associate Living Master!

Born in the year of the Horse, Xiang Zhang grew up in China. After graduating from The Central Academy of Drama in Beijing, where he was strongly influenced by the 19th century Russian masters, he received his Master’s Degree in Fine Art from Tulane University in New Orleans.

Upon moving to Texas, Zhang combined his love for painting horses and portraiture to develop his special style of western art.

To learn more and see Xiang Zhang’s gallery on ARC, please click here.

Posted August 25th, 2015

The Craft of Drawing and Painting: Celebrating Tradition Today
From September 1 – October 4, 2015, ARC Approved Atelier™ Lavender Hill Studios will present to the public a rare insight into the rigors of drawing and painting, as passed down by a long line of Masters and applied by realist artists today. Visitors will be able to follow detailed, step-by-step explanations and video footage, as well as view a broad body of work from within the figurative tradition.

The exhibition is being held at the Leighton House Museum, 12 Holland Park Road, London W12 8LZ, UK.

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

Posted August 24th, 2015

3 New Works Added to MEAM Exhibition
Three new works have been added to the list of paintings to be exhibited in the traveling exhibition for the 2014/2015 ARC Salon. Today we are adding the Most Ambitious Runner Up, The Scrum, by Christopher Pothier, and two Honorable Mentions, one from the Still Life Category, The Fat of The Land, by David Cheifetz, and one from the Landscape Category, Forgiveness, by Ken Salaz.
“In my painting of Forgiveness, the landscapes, which fill our world and eyes, can be perfect reflections of our inner psychology. This painting was created from studies during a violent storm off the coast of Connecticut. I painted on the shore, almost being blown away myself by the tempest. Just when I was getting ready to pack up and call it quits; the sun broke through the thick clouds and infused the whole world below with light. In many ways, that is the experience of forgiveness, when it comes, or is given, light is shone upon those standing below and the storm that rages in our hearts is quieted.”

- Ken Salaz

To view newly added write-ups on these works, please visit the page we’ve created for the exhibition by clicking here.

Posted August 21st, 2015

54th Annual Exhibition – Art and the Animal Tour
The Society of Animal Artists, an ARC Allied Organization™ focuses on capturing wild and domestic creatures, on land, sea and air, in a wide range of media and artistic styles. In their mission to promote artistic excellence in the portrayal of animals, the SAA aims to broaden appreciation for the natural world.

This exhibit is being held at The National Sporting Library and Museum – 5102 The Plains Road, Middleburg, Virginia 20118 from April 17 – August 30, 2015.

Homeland Defense by Leslie Evans
2nd Place Animal Category
2013-2014 ARC Salon

Posted August 20th, 2015

Castiglione: Lost Genius
This exhibit features 90 of the finest examples of drawings, etchings, and monotypes of the master Genoese draftsman, painter, and printmaker Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione. A forgotten master from the Italian baroque, Castiglione was a self-proclaimed genius, whose artworks entered the Royal Collection in 1762. The exhibition is being held at the Denver Art Museum – 100 W 14th Ave Pkwy, Denver, CO 80204 from August 9 – November 8, 2015.
For more information on this and other events, please click here.

Posted August 19th, 2015

Juliette Aristides Interview
Suggested Donation, an ARC Allied Organization™, has recently conducted an interview with ARC Living Master™ Juliette Aristides.

To listen to the podcast, please click here.

Touch by Juliette Aristides

Posted August 18th, 2015

IGOR Masterworks Museum Exhibition and Competition
The International Guild of Realism is holding the 10th Annual Juried Exhibition hosted by the Principle Gallery located on 208 King Street, Alexandria, VA. The show will take place from August 18 – September 18, 2015. 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 on this and other events, please click here.

Posted August 17th, 2015

Three New Works Added for Live ARC Salon
Three new works have been added to the list of paintings to be exhibited in the traveling exhibition for the 2014/2015 ARC Salon. Today we are adding the Best Trompe L’oeil Runner Up, Dragon Fruit, by Noah Layne, and two Honorable Mentions, one from the figurative category, The Purity of Imagination and Color, by Leslie Adams, and one from the animal category, Morning Rounds, by Gayla Salvati.
The Purity of Imagination and Color is a work from the solo exhibition, Leslie Adams, Drawn from Life at the Toledo Museum of Art, which coincided with the exhibition, Manet, Portraying Life. This self-portrait, in addition to being her homage to Manet’s A Bar at the Folies-Bergère, presents a treasured childhood memory. Here we encounter the unexpected juxtaposition of a young girl in an adult universe. The viewer is transported into a kaleidoscopic crayola-colored world of a 1970′s American bar. Sneaking olives from her father’s martini, she sits at the bar intently copying provocative Pop art images from cocktail napkins, as though they are Old Master drawings. She pauses and gazes into the mirror, imagining. At that moment, she reminds us, “We are such stuff as dreams are made on” – Shakespeare

To view newly added write-ups on these works, please visit the page we’ve created for the exhibition by clicking here.

Posted August 14th, 2015

Works on Paper
The Arcadia Contemporary Gallery, located on 51 Greene Street, New York, NY 10013, will display work from ARC Living Masters™ Julio Reyes, Jeremy Lipking, and Mario Robinson, as well as many other artists that have taken part in previous ARC Salons.

The show runs from August 14-31, 2015, and will have the opening reception on August 14th from 6-8pm.

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

Posted August 13th, 2015

Every Kind of a Painter: Thomas Prichard Rossiter (1818-1871)
From August 2 – November 29, 2015, Boscobel House and Gardens located on 1601 Route 9D in Garrison, NY 10524, will be displaying an exhibit on Thomas Prichard Rossiter (1818-1871). This will be the first retrospective of the work of an important American artist, long overdue for reappraisal. Rossiter was a peer and friend to many better-known Hudson River School contemporaries such as Cole and Durand.
Approximately 25 paintings and works on paper from public and private collections will demonstrate the deftness with which he approached portraits, landscapes, genre scenes and history paintings.

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

Posted August 12th, 2015

5 Day Painting Workshop with Jennifer Gennari

Study in White by Jennifer Gernnari
Paint with ARC Finalist and New York artist Jennifer Gennari Nov. 2-6, 2015, in downtown Dallas, TX, in coordination with the ARC Approved™ Texas Academy of Figurative Art. The focus of the class will be on the portrait, with an opportunity for both multiple starts with different models/costumes in the mornings and a start to finish portrait completed over 5 afternoons with the same model/pose/costume. Take the opportunity to explore capturing the mood, light, and emotion Ms. Gennari displays in her work. While you are in Dallas, visit the fabulous Dallas Museum of Art and the Meadows Museum, or the 14 acre Dallas Arboretum. The class is being sponsored by McKenna Studio Workshops. The cost is $750 including model fees.

To register and for more information, go to

Posted August 11th, 2015

Traveling Bouguereau Painting Exhibit
The Detroit Institute of Arts announced today a series of statewide programs including two traveling exhibitions a year.
A single-painting exhibition of one of the DIA’s most popular paintings, “The Nut Gatherers” (1882) by Bouguereau will be on display. The painting will be on view at the Flint Institute of Arts located on 1120 East Kearsley Street Flint, Michigan 48503 from Aug. 5 to Oct. 11 and then travel to the Midland Center for the Arts/Alden B. Dow Museum of Science and Art at 1801 St Andrews St, Midland, MI 48640 from Oct. 17-Jan. 3, 2016.

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

Posted August 10th, 2015

California Arts Club President Peter Adams Talk and Exhibit
Peter Adams, the president of the ARC Allied Organization™ the California Arts Club, will present an exclusive artist talk titled “The Ephemeral and the Ethereal,” on Wednesday, August 12, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Arroyo Chop House – 536 S. Arroyo Parkway, Pasadena, CA 91105, where a collection of his work, entitled “Luminous Paintings” is on view through September 2, 2015.
As space is limited for the lecture and light hors d-oeuvres will be served, reservations are required. To make a reservation for the lecture as well as dinner if desired, following the talk, contact Arroyo Chop House at (626) 577-7463. There is no charge for the lecture.

Posted August 7th, 2015

ARC Live Salon Update
We are happy to announce three new works have been added to the list of paintings to be exhibited in the traveling exhibition for the 2014/2015 ARC Salon. Today we are adding the Best Nude, Psalms for our Youth, by Carla Paine, Second Place in the Drawing Category, Rue, by Rodney O’Dell Davis, and the Western Art Collector Magazine Award of Excellence, The Uninvited, by John Buxton.
Detail of “Psalms for our Youth”
by Carla Paine
The exhibition will start at the MEAM Museum in Barcelona, Spain, where it will be on view from November 17th until December 28th to celebrate an intense collaboration between Europe and America for representational art. The show will then travel to New York City, where it will hang at the Salmagundi Club from January 18th to February 4th. Regular updates will be given on the exciting upcoming live exhibition including information on the additional works to be included as they are added to the list of exhibiting works.

To view the newly added write-ups on these works, please visit the page we’ve created for the exhibition by clicking here.

Posted August 6th, 2015