Leonardo da Vinci and the Idea of Beauty
Organized by the Muscarelle Museum of Art, 603 Jamestown Road, Williamsburg, VA 23185 this unprecedented selection of more than twenty-five masterpiece drawings by Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo from Italian museums is the first exhibition to explore Leonardo’s philosophy of beauty as contrasted with his rival Michelangelo. Also featured will be Leonardo’s renowned Codex on the Flight of Birds, containing a hidden self-portrait at age fifty-three, which has never previously been exhibited.
The exhibit runs from February 21 – April 5, 2015.

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Posted February 23rd, 2015

Piero di Cosimo: The Poetry of Painting in Renaissance Florence
February 1, 2015 – May 3, 2015

National Gallery of Art – 6th St. and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC

The first major retrospective exhibition ever presented on the imaginative Italian Renaissance master Piero di Cosimo’s paintings will premiere at the Gallery. 40 of the artist’s most compelling paintings will be on view, including beguiling mythologies and religious works (some on loan from churches in Italy), as well as one of his greatest works, the Madonna and Child with Saints Elizabeth of Hungary, Catherine of Alexandria, Peter, and John the Evangelist with Angels from the Museo degli Innocenti, Florence.

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Posted February 20th, 2015

Sculpture in the Age of Donatello
Twenty-three masterpieces of early Florentine Renaissance sculpture, most never seen outside Italy, will be exhibited at the Museum of Biblical Art. MOBIA will be the sole world-wide venue for this once-in-a-lifetime exhibition. Works by Donatello, Brunelleschi, Nanni di Banco, Luca della Robbia and others will be on display.

The show opens Friday and runs through June 14, 2015 at MOBIA – 1865 Broadway at 61st Street, New York, NY 10023.

For more information about this exhibit, please click here.

Posted February 19th, 2015

Six Philadelphia Artists Show

Three instructors from Studio Incamminati will be exhibiting work in this show at the Haynes Galleries – 1600 Division Street, Suite 140, Nashville, Tennessee 37203.

The exhibition runs until February 28th and is free and open to the public.

For more information, please click here.

Posted February 18th, 2015

New Letter to ARC
“I’ve studied Art History at university and I’ve always felt fascinated by Humanist or Traditional Art. For this reason I was very surprised when, in 19th Century Art classes, my teacher never said a word about geniuses like Bouguereau or Gérôme. Well, the only thing he said once was that they were labeled as “Pompier” and that they didn’t add anything important nor interesting to Western Art History…”

To read the whole letter, please click here.

To view the ARChives, please click here.

Posted February 17th, 2015

The Florence Academy of Art US Show
The Florence Academy of Art US opens this month and will be showing a two-person exhibition of still life, figurative, and cityscape paintings by FAA graduates, Carolyn Pyfrom and Peter van Dyck. The exhibition will remain on view through March 28 at the academy’s new school located at Mana Contemporary, 888 Newark Avenue, Jersey City, NJ. Opening hours 9:00 am – 4:00 pm or by appointment.

For more information, please contact Alexa Marino, tel. Tel: 201 685 7080, or visit the FAA US Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/faausbranch?fref=photo.

Carolyn Pyfrom, Self-Portrait at 43
24″ x 16″, Oil on linen, 2014

Posted February 16th, 2015

James Gurney Exhibit

Song in the Garden by James Gurney

ARC Living Master™ James Gurney will be exhibiting original oil paintings from Dinotopia: A Land Apart From Time, Dinotopia: The World Beneath, and Dinotopia: Journey to Chandara. The fantastical art in the Dinotopia series was inspired by Gurney’s childhood fascination with archaeology, dinosaurs, lost civilizations, and art. He went on to work with scientists and historians at National Geographic magazine to create images of ancient worlds; a project that inspired the conceptual framework for Dinotopia.

The exhibit will run from February 14 – May 25, 2015 at the Stamford Museum & Nature Center – 39 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford, CT 06903.

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

Posted February 13th, 2015

New ARC Approved Atelier™
Located in Miami, Florida, Chiaroscuro Studio of Art offers top level instruction in realistic painting and drawing. Their curriculum is based on the teaching method used by the famous classical-realist 19th century academies. Chiaroscuro believes in the solid artistic basis this kind of training gives to the students, allowing them to achieve high standards of craftsmanship and technical skills. Their teaching methods and techniques provide the tools that students can use to create their own contemporary work and develop a personal artistic language.

To learn more about Chiaroscuro Studio of Art, please click here.

Ipazia – Studying Perfection
by Instructor Milixa Morón

Posted February 12th, 2015

The Language of Art: New Approaches for Teaching Visual Literacy

The Polisher by Anthony Waichulis
February 21-22, 2015, 9:30am-3pm at the
Ani Art Academy Waichulis
1100 Pittston Blvd. Bear Creek Twp., PA 18702
Tel: 570-822-4111

This two-day workshop, presented in partnership with The Da Vinci Initiative, will explore several aspects of visual perception and language development to uncover an incredibly efficient method for introducing meaningful visual literacy development into the classroom.

This comprehensive clinic also introduces a fun and challenging hands-on component with a new series of K-12 visual arts exercises adapted from Anthony Waichulis’ celebrated curriculum: The Language of Drawing and The Language of Painting developed for the International Ani Art Academies.

For more information and to register, please click here.

Posted February 11th, 2015

Bouguereau’s ‘Fancies’: Allegorical and Mythological Works by the French Master
The Flagler Museum in Palm Beach, FL is currently exhibiting nineteen mythological and allegorical paintings and drawings by William Bouguereau. The works span the artist’s entire career, and the exhibit will be supplemented by period reproductions of his works in print, porcelain, marble, and bronze.

The exhibit ends April 19, 2015.

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

To read an article on the exhibition by Kara Lysandra Ross, click here.

Posted February 10th, 2015

Grand Central Atelier Exhibition

A work-in-progress by Patrick Byrnes

ARC Approved™ Grand Central Atelier will be holding a group show of floral sketch paintings. The “Ai Fiori: Alla Prima Floral Sketch” exhibition will feature work by many artists and teachers at the atelier.

The show will be held at Eleventh Street Arts, 46-06 11th St, Long Island City, NY 11101 from 2/6/15 – 3/20/14.

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Posted February 9th, 2015

ARC Approved™ Southern Atelier Soiree
The ARC Approved™ Southern Atelier will be holding a special fundraiser soiree on Saturday, February 7th, 2015 from 4 – 7 PM.

There will be food, drink, entertainment, and a painting demonstration by Mary Minifie.

The event will be held at 1741 Stanford Lane, Sarasota, FL 34231, with a minimum donation of $25.

For more information, please click here.

Posted February 6th, 2015

New ARC Living Master™
ARC is pleased to welcome Anna Wypych as an ARC Living Master™.

Obvious true, there is one girl not two
by Anna Wypych

Anna Wypych’s works of art transcend the commonplace to enter the realm of the otherworldly. The starting point of her work and also the main theme, is always mankind, but Anna goes beyond physicality, as if she wants more to capture the spirit than the body. She develops images that evoke moods, dreams, and feelings inspired by real life, and which create a remarkably compelling narrative.

To see her gallery, please click here.

Posted February 4th, 2015

11th International ARC Salon Competition is Now Closed
The ARC Salon entry period is officially at a close. This year the ARC Salon has over 2,500 entries from over 1050 artists, a notable 15% increase in participation from last year, making this our most competitive competition to date. Due to the large number of entries, this year the International ARC Salon will have eight judges divided among the seven categories, four judges per category. To see a full list of the judges and which categories each judge will be adjudicating, please click here.

The ARC Salon 2014/2015 Finalists’ names will be announced sometime in mid to late March, with winners being announced by the end of April. Best of luck to all of our competitors!

Posted February 3rd, 2015

The ARC Salon Deadline Is This Saturday!
The 2014-2015 International ARC Salon entry period is almost over, but there is still time to submit works!

This year, we are offering more prizes and opportunities than ever. For the first time we will be having a live exhibition of some of the winners and finalists at the MEAM (Museum of European Art Modern), a museum dedicated to contemporary realism in Barcelona, Spain. Also, for the first time, we are offering an exhibition at a Rehs Contemporary Galleries, Inc., New York City, NY. Yet another new prize this year is the Knohl Collection Award for History or Literature Inspired Art. In addition, Streamline Art Video will award one finalist a showcase as a key featured part of a DVD on the ARC Salon, not to mention the $65,000 plus in cash awards and press coverage in at least six magazines and two newspapers; Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine will be publishing an article on the top winners of the 2014-2015 ARC Salon as well as select a finalist for a featured article. In addition, Plein Air Magazine, American Art Collector Magazine, Western Art Collector Magazine, American Fine Art Magazine, and International Artist Magazine will all be giving out awards as well. This year Brandon Kralik will be writing an article on the 2014/2015 ARC Salon for the Huffington Post and ARC Chief Operating Officer, Kara Lysandra Ross, will write an article on the top winners for the Epoch Times, a large international newspaper that publishes in 19 languages.

For more information and to enter the Salon, please click here.

Posted January 29th, 2015

Florence Academy of Art Ecorché Sculpture Workshops
The Florence Academy of Art offers Ecorché Sculpture at its three Locations: Florence, Sweden, Jersey City.
Throughout history the study of anatomy has played a major role in the education of both the representational painter and sculptor. Recognizing & understanding both the skeleton and the muscles and how they affect movement, form and surface anatomy are skills that help the artist in both accurately capturing nature and using more creative freedom while working with the figure. Écorché refers to a traditional way of studying anatomy by either drawing or sculpting the figure without skin. During the workshop, students will learn the full skeleton, the surface muscles and the proportions of the figure by sculpting first the bones and then adding the muscles one by one on one side of the sculpture, leaving the skeleton to show on the other side for reference. The material used is oil-based clay that allows for flexibility and maximum control over small details. The Florence Academy of Art has developed the Ecorché Sculpture course as part of its full time curriculum to ensure that each student gains a deep understanding of anatomy. It is now offering intensive workshops during summer session at each of its three locations.
For more information about Ecorché Sculpture, please visit, www.florenceacademyofart.com.

Posted January 28th, 2015

Arantzazu Martinez in Epoch Times

Dracula by Arantzazu Martinez
ARC Living Master™ Arantzazu Martinez recently had an interview with the Epoch Times.

“Art is a matter of pure passion for the Spanish painter Arantzazu Martinez. When her craving to paint like the 19th century masters could not be met at the academy in Madrid, she left Spain to study at Jacob Collins’s Water Street Atelier in New York.”

To read the full article, please click here.

Posted January 21st, 2015

2013-2014 ARC Salon Catalogs have arrived!
The 2013-2014 ARC Salon competition catalog displays the work of 685 finalists in full color. The catalog is 256 pages, includes an essay about the top winners in the salon, and an article by Frederick Ross, “Why Realism?”.

To order your copy of the 2013-2014 ARC Salon Catalog, click here.

There is still time to enter the 2014/2015 International ARC Salon (deadline, Jan 31). To view the prospectus, click here.

Posted January 19th, 2015

New Additional Award and Deadline Extension
We would like to announce the addition of another new award into this year’s ARC Salon.

The Knohl Collection Award for History or Literature Inspired Art – (Minimum of $5,000) This award is sponsored by Dr. Howard and Linda Knohl who are among the world’s most respected private art collectors. The award may be given to a single entry or divided among multiple works (up to three). The painting must have been inspired by history or literature and the award may come in the form of a purchase award in which case the work(s) may become an addition to The Knohl Collection, which is a stunning assemblage of hundreds of paintings and thousands of decorative art objects. With over 80,000 pieces, it includes a wide variety of art forms rarely seen in any single private collection. To learn more about the Knohl Collection, click here.

Due to a large number of requests for additional time we will be extending the ARC Salon entry deadline to the end of the month. All entries are due in by end of day January 31, 2015 EST.

Posted January 16th, 2015

Bartholomeus Spranger Exhibit
The Metropolitan Museum of Art in NY is showing the first major exhibition devoted to Bartholomeus Spranger (1546–1611), a fascinating artist who served a cardinal, a pope, and two Holy Roman Emperors. This exhibition examines Spranger’s remarkable career through a selection of his rare paintings, drawings, and etchings, most of which are on loan from international museums and private collections. The exhibit ends February 1, 2015.

To learn more about this and other exhibitions, please click here.

Posted January 13th, 2015