Traveling Exhibition of Selected Works
We are pleased to present the dates for the 12th International ARC Salon’s live exhibition, featuring many of the top placing works in the competition.
May 12 – June 1, 2017
Salmagundi Club
47 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10003
Sept 23 – Nov 27, 2017
European Museum of Modern Art (MEAM)
C/ Barra de Ferro 5
Barcelona, Spain

Posted September 26th, 2016

Part VI in Educational Series Published
The sixth in a series of 15 plus articles by ARC COO, Kara Lysandra Ross, has been published in the Epoch Times. This article focuses on European Art and the Influence of the French Academies.
“The Academy Julian has the important distinction of being the first school to accept female students, and it did so a full 30 years in advance of the École des Beaux-Arts. By 1873 Julian had men and woman studying alongside each other in the same studio, but after criticism, the suggestion of impropriety, and laws at the time that made mixed sex classes difficult, he quickly established separate schools for men and woman.”
To read the full article, click here.

Posted September 23rd, 2016

ARC Purchase Award Announced

String of Pearls by Tina Garrett
$7029.00 Purchase Award
We are pleased to announce the first purchase award for the 12th International ARC Salon. Tina Garret’s painting titled, String of Pearls, has now been added to the ARC Collection.
No. 4 in Garrett’s Vintage est Nouveau series, String of Pearls, 30″ x 40″, is a an example of an evolution of all of Tina’s works celebrating strong female personalities. A homage to Jackie Warfel, the eccentric owner of the collection of vintage clothing depicted in the series, String of Pearls is in essence a portrait of Jackie’s spirit, a woman, now in her 80′s who at her heart personifies all the women depicted in the Vintage est Nouveau series, bold, confident and comfortable in her skin. String of Pearls was a top 100 finalist in Figurativas 2015 hosted by the Foundation of the Arts and Artists at the Museum of Modern Art Europe, (MEAM), and a National Oil and Acrylic Painters’ Society 2015 Best of America, Best Oil Painting by a Signature Artist Award winner, and the People’s Choice Award winner as well. About the purchase Garrett said, ” I could not be prouder that String of Pearls will join my painting, City Blues, in ARC’s renowned collection.”

All purchase awards will be exhibited at the live exhibition for the ARC Salon which will travel from the Salmagundi Club in New York City to the MEAM museum in Barcelona in 2017. More purchase award announcements to follow.

Posted September 23rd, 2016

Part V in Educational Series Released
The fifth in a series of 15 plus articles by ARC COO, Kara Lysandra Ross, has been published in the Epoch Times. This article focuses on The Paris Salon.
“Renoir was recorded noting to his dealer, Durand-Ruel, in 1881: ‘I am going to try and explain to you why I exhibit at the salon. In Paris, there are scarcely fifteen collectors capable of liking a painter without the backing of the salon. And there are another 80,000 who won’t buy so much as a postcard unless the painter exhibits there.’”
To read the full article, click here.

Posted September 21st, 2016

The Spectacular Second Empire, 1852-1870
To celebrate its 30th anniversary in autumn 2016, the Musée d’Orsay is looking at the entertainments and festivities of the Second Empire and at the different “stages” at which our modernity was invented. The exhibition’s thematic lay-out, with paintings, sculptures, photographs, architectural drawings, objets d’art and jewellery side by side, creates a portrait of this prolific and brilliant era, so rich in contradictions.

The Musée d’Orsay is located on 1 Rue de la Légion d’Honneur, 75007 Paris, France and the exhibition runs from September 27, 2016 – January 16, 2017.

For more information, please visit our events page.

Posted September 20th, 2016

56th 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.
The exhibition is being held at The Houston Museum of Natural Science located on 5555 Hermann Park Dr., Houston, Texas 77030 running from September 23, 2016 – January 1, 2017.

Posted September 19th, 2016

IX Preview Weekend Pop-Up Exhibition
Contemporary Imaginative Realist art and rarely seen fantasy works by Golden Age illustrators will be displayed during the IX Preview Weekend.

The weekend will also include after-hours events, performances, exclusive workshops with artists, talks, film screenings, artist signings, live demos, and games.

This event takes place from September 23, 2016 – 25, 2017 at the Delaware Art Museum – 2301 Kentmere Parkway, Wilmington, Delaware 19806.

For more information, please visit

Posted September 16th, 2016

Portraits: Sullivan and Bilbrough
This exhibition presents a selection of paintings by two leading Mornington Peninsula-based portrait artists – ARC Associate Living Master™ Vicki Sullivan and Fiona Bilbrough. The paintings by Sullivan and Bilbrough include portraits of familiar faces in Australian culture.

The show runs from September 24 – November 20, 2016 and is being held at the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery – Civic Reserve, 350 Dunns Road (corner of Mornington-Tyabb Road and Dunns Road), Mornington 3931, Australia.

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

Posted September 15th, 2016

Drawn To Greatness
ARC Living Master™ Julio Reyes will be among the artists exhibiting drawings in the show “Drawn To Greatness”, which runs from September 17 – September 29, 2016.

The opening reception takes place on September 17th from 5 -8 p.m.

The exhibition is being held at the Arcadia Contemporary Gallery, which is located on 9426 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232.

Posted September 15th, 2016

ARC Salon Finalists Announced
Congratulations to all of our 12th International ARC Salon Finalists!

This year we have 1006 finalist works by 640 artists, representing the top 32% of works submitted. Names marked with DVI indicate they are 14 to 19 years of age and are still a contender for The Da Vinci Initiative Award for the Young Aspiring Artist. ARC’s independent side competition for realist high-school artwork.

To view the finalist list, click here.

Posted September 12th, 2016

DVI in Fine Art Connoisseur
An article about The Da Vinci Initiative, ARC’s sister organization, dedicated to K-12 art teachers and students, was published in the most recent, October, issue of Fine Art Connoisseur, titled “Equipping the Next Generation”.

“Although passing visual literacy from generation to generation is not a new idea, in some ways it has become art education’s countercultural movement. At its forefront is The Da Vinci Initiative (DVI), a non-profit organization working with classroom teachers nationwide.”

To purchase a copy of this issue or to subscribe to the magazine, click here.

Posted September 12th, 2016

ARC Salon Update
The Art Renewal Center will be announcing the finalists for the 12th International ARC Salon on Monday, September 12, 2016.

The prize winners and honorable mentions of the competition have not yet been chosen and will be announced the first week of November.

Posted September 9th, 2016

ARC Chairman and Founder Fred Ross in Epoch Times
ARC Chairman and Founder, Fred Ross, has recently been featured in an Epoch Times article titled “Frederick Ross on Art Collecting With Integrity”.
“I only surround myself with works of art that I love, and I would recommend to any collector to do the same because the whole activity gains so much light and interest, value, and importance to you as an individual if you do that.”

To read the full article, please click here.

Posted September 9th, 2016

TAFA Sponsors Portrait Category in ARC Salon

The Texas Academy of Figurative Art is pleased to sponsor the first, second and third place awards for the Portraiture Category in the ARC Salon. TAFA was founded in 2007, and is the only fine art academy in Texas that offers a full-time curriculum in figurative realist drawing and painting. TAFA provides an atelier experience for contemporary artists seeking to connect with a foundational and historical approach to fine art education. Our curriculum reflects both the Old Master working methods alongside the Academic Realist approach. The primary emphasis is on rendering the human figure accurately from direct observation. They also embrace the ideals in support of traditional canons of beauty which have been accepted throughout Western European art history.

TAFA is thankful for the Art Renewal Center’s commitment to help advance the atelier movement and the revival of classically-based fine art education. We are proud to partner with the ARC Salon to support the highest achievements in contemporary realist fine art.

To view TAFA’s website, visit

Posted September 8th, 2016

ARC Living Master™ Jon Boe Paulsen News
Congratulations to ARC Living Master™ Jon Boe Paulsen for winning the open “No Theme” contest in the International Gallery of the Arts online art contest.

The painting, “Notorious” will be displayed on the site through the month of September.

To view the online exhibition, please click here.

Posted September 7th, 2016

Part IV in Educational Series Released

The Chimera by Gustave Moreau
Part four in a series of 15 plus articles by ARC COO, Kara Lysandra Ross, has been published in the Epoch Times. This article is an introduction to the governing bodies over the art world in France.

“It is impossible to look at French art in the nineteenth century without examining what is known as the Institut Nationale des Sciences et des Arts, referred to simply as the Institut (Institute), and with it the Academy des Beaux Arts. The Institute was an exclusive body of experts that administered the national affairs of the sciences and the arts.”

To read the full article, click here.

Posted September 6th, 2016

Educational Series Part III Published
The third in a series of 15 plus articles by ARC COO, Kara Lysandra Ross, has been published in the Epoch Times. This article focuses on some of the female artists of the 19th century.

“As you will read later on in this series, academy and atelier schools were first open to women artists in the later half of the 19th century. Because of this there were hundreds of women who were finally able to get formalized training. Although there were still a majority of male artists, there were many female artists who established successful careers in both France and England during this period.”

To read the full article, click here.

The Farmer’s Daughter
by Elizabeth Jane Gardner Bouguereau

Posted September 2nd, 2016

ARC Select at Rehs Contemporary Galleries
Less than two months left until ARC Select 2016, featuring works by the winners of the Rehs Contemporary Galleries award in the 11th International ARC Salon.

Bring Thyself to Account
by Duffy Sheridan
ARC Select is a group exhibition featuring the works of six hand-picked artists from ARC’s annual Salon. Joseph McGurl, known for his masterful plein-air landscapes which exemplify the use of light, while incorporating vigorous attention to detail. Kari Tirrell, a self-taught artist known for her quirky still lifes and mesmerizing toy jumbles. Richard Hall, a brilliant visual story-teller whose work incorporates twists of humor and whimsy. The Haitian artist Philippe Attie’s meticulously crafted figure paintings juxtaposed against a playful abstraction. Walter Rane’s investigations of the human form and the relationship with their environment and atmosphere; evoking ephemeral moments of spiritual interactions captured on canvas. Along with Duffy Sheridan, an artist whose tireless exploration has empowered him to reveal and convey the true subtleties of human expression.
The show runs from October 22, 2016 to May 19, 2017 with the opening reception on October 22, 2016 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Posted September 2nd, 2016

Texas Academy of Figurative Art Exhbition
The Texas Academy of Figurative Art, an ARC Approved™ School and a sponsor of this year’s ARC Salon, is holding an exhibition of new work by the artists of the school titled “Balance and Beauty”.
The exhibition runs from September 10 – October 19, 2016 at the Texas Academy of Figurative Art – 415 South Main Street, Fort Worth, TX 76104.

The opening reception takes place on September 10, 2016 from 4-9 pm.

Posted September 1st, 2016

Educational Series Part II Published

Luke Fildes (1843-1927) British
Study of a plaster cast of a sculptural fragment, 1863
The second in a series of 15 plus articles by ARC COO, Kara Lysandra Ross, has been published in the Epoch Times. This article focuses on the academic style of study.

“Whether in France, England, Germany, Italy, Spain, America, or anywhere in the modern world during the 1800s, the entire nature and way in which art was taught was in direct contrast to the way art was taught in the majority of schools in the twentieth century and still in most cases today…The academy method of training in the 19th century was a full time endeavor only taken on by those who were serious and wished to be artists as a full time career; it was not considered an extracurricular activity. It was a way of life and all encompassing.”

To read the full article, click here.

Posted August 31st, 2016