New ARC Living Artist™

The Bow by Ekaterina Vassilenko Searcy
ARC is pleased to welcome Ekaterina Vassilenko Searcy as our newest ARC Living Artist™.

The emotional thrust of her drawings and oil paintings respect the style of the Italian, Flemish, French and Russian Renaissance and Baroque painters.

To see her gallery, please click here.

Posted December 9th, 2014

Two Major Auctions in London
Two major auctions are underway at Sotheby’s and Christie’s London.
The Sotheby’s London December 10th British & Irish Art auction will feature works by Millais, Burne-Jones, Herbert Draper, Arthur Hughes, Rossetti, and Alma-Tadema and many other masters of the period.

The Christie’s London December 11th Victorian, Pre-Raphaelite & British Impressionist Art auction will showcase work by Edward Hughes, Waterhouse, Godward, Grimshaw, and Edward Matthew Ward.

Viewing public auction presales is one of the best ways to see important works from a given period that are in private collections and are otherwise not on public view. Most if not all of these paintings are sold back into private collections and many are never put on public view again.

Juliet by John William Waterhouse
To learn more about these auctions, please click here.

Posted December 8th, 2014

Max Ginsburg Open Studio and Sale
ARC Living Master™, Max Ginsburg, will be opening his studio for visiting, viewing, and buying small works, studies, and illustrations.

The studio will be open from December 12 -14, 2014 and is located at the Long Island City Arts Center, 44-02 23rd Street Studio 515, Long Island City, NY 11101.

For more information about this event, please email:

Posted December 5th, 2014

Congratulations to Vicki Sullivan
ARC Associate Living Master™ Vicki Sullivan has placed as a finalist in three categories in one of the largest competitions for realist art in Australia.

The A.M.E. Bale Travelling Scholarship and Art Prize are awarded to Australian artists who have demonstrated talent and achievement in traditional styles. The Art Prize is intended to encourage, support and advance classical training of emerging artists (in their early to mid-career) at any stage of life, who are pursuing the study and practice of traditional art and who desire to study the works of old masters.

To learn more, please click here.

The Bush Poet by Vicki Sullivan

Posted December 4th, 2014

Grand Central Atelier Inaugural Group Show
ARC Approved Grand Central Atelier will be holding their Inaugural Group Show in their new gallery space at Eleventh Street Arts, 4606 11th Street, Long Island City, NY.

It will consist of over 50 works including drawings, paintings and sculpture; showcasing the best of contemporary realism. Tour the new Long Island City location and view additional works for sale in their Resident Artist Studios.

The Opening Reception will be held on December 5, 2014 from 6-10pm. It is open to the public and refreshments will be served. Please RSVP:

The exhibition will continue from December 5 – January 23, 2015 but will be closed from December 20, 2014 – January 4, 2015 for the holidays. Viewing is by appointment only. Please email:

Posted December 3rd, 2014

Bouguereau Article in the Epoch Times
ARC Chief Operating Officer, Kara Lysandra Ross, has recently written and published an article in the Epoch Times about the upcoming exhibit “Bouguereau’s Fancies: Allegorical and Mythological Works by the French Master”.

The Flagler Museum in Palm Beach, Fla. will be holding this Bouguereau exhibit which will be open from Jan. 27 – April 19, 2015.

Bouguereau’s ‘Fancies’ will exhibit, among other works, three versions of the artist’s famous painting, “Jeune fille se defendant contre l’amour” (young girl defending herself against love): the original life size version, the reduction, and a fully worked out drawing.

To read the full article, please click here.

Jeune fille se defendant contre l’amour by William Bouguereau

Posted December 2nd, 2014

MEAM Auction at Sotheby’s
Barcelona’s Museu Europeau d’Art Modern (MEAM), an ARC Allied Organization, will be leading Sotheby’s London December 11, 2014 auction of pre-war European sculpture. Among the works for sale in this major auction are Affortunato Gori’s Oriental Dancer, a dazzling 19th-century version of Antonio Canova’s Hebe and Pietro Calvi’s Orientalist busts of Aleydah and Ben Ali-Ben Ladiar.

The sale traces the history of sculpture from the exuberance of the 19th century through to the 20th century.

Pre-sale viewing times for the auction are December 5 – 10, 2014.

To view the auction catalogue, please click here.

Posted December 1st, 2014

Suggested Donation Jacob Collins Podcast
ARC Allied Organization™ Suggested Donation has interviewed ARC Living Master™ Jacob Collins.
“Jacob is a seminal force in the realist movement. He has taught and mentored countless artists, and inspired many more through his art. His commissions include a Supreme Court Justice, a U.S. President, and his “Eastholm Project” which was a conduit for the formation of the Hudson River Fellowship. He has been featured in numerous interviews and articles, including a profile in “The New Yorker.” In the late nineteen nineties, he founded the Water Street Atelier and has been at the center of the Atelier Movement ever since.”

To listen to the podcast, click here.

Grimaldi in Studio by Jacob Collins

Posted November 26th, 2014

New Florence Academy US Location
The Florence Academy of Art opens its first U.S. branch at Mana Contemporary. The academy will offer a full time accredited academic program in Drawing and Painting, as well as workshops, in its 10,000 square foot north light space. Academic Director, Jordan Sokol, and instructors, Amaya Gurpide and Richard Greathouse, are all trained in the philosophy, language of instruction, and methodology guiding the Florence Academy, so students may transfer seamlessly between the academy’s three international locations: Florence, Mölndal, and now Jersey City.

Click here to visit their studio located on the third floor of Mana Contemporary!

Posted November 25th, 2014

54th Annual Exhibition – Art and the Animal Tour
November 15 – January 4, 2014

The Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum – 705 Kinderkamack Road, Oradell, NJ 07649

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. In their mission to promote artistic excellence in the portrayal of animals, the SAA aims to broaden appreciation for the natural world.

To learn more abut this and other exhibits, please click here.

Homeland Defense by Leslie Evans

Posted November 24th, 2014

Suggested Donation Podcast – Patricia Watwood

Detail of Sleeping Venus
by Patricia Watwood
ARC Allied Organization Suggested Donation is a series of podcasts devoted to the arts in all forms. Hosted by two Contemporary Realist painters, Tony Curanaj and Edward Minoff, the conversations provide an insight into the creative mind. By speaking with both traditional and non-traditional artists and craftsmen, curators and restorers, they create a dialog through which we discover common ground across disciplines and spaces united by a love of and deep devotion to skill.

ARC Living Master™ Patricia Watwood is among the artists interviewed.

Click here to listen to the first part of the podcast about her solo show “Venus Apocalypse”, her education, influences and her perspective as a female artist.

Posted November 21st, 2014

Ardith Starostka in The Artist’s Magazine
Congratulations to ARC Living Master™ Ardith Starostka for having her painting Wallflower featured on the December cover of The Artist’s Magazine.

Her work is also part of the 9th Annual International Guild of Realism Exhibition on view until November 28th.

To learn more about this event,
please click here.

To view the artists gallery on ARC,
click here.

Posted November 20th, 2014

Drawing for Educators Workshop at the Southern Atelier
Although appropriate for anyone wanting to increase their technical drawing skills, this weekend workshop is geared for art teachers. Participants will be introduced to a 19th century drawing curriculum known as The Charles Bargue Drawing Course. Throughout the workshop, participants will learn how to control proportion, organize values, and increase their sensitivity when drawing realistically. K-12 lesson plans will be provided so that participants can immediately integrate these skill-based drawing concepts into their current curricula.
The Southern Atelier
Sarasota, FL:
Sat – Sun 12/13-12/14 2014 9:30-12:30 & 1:00-4:00

To register for this class, please click here.

Posted November 19th, 2014

David Bowers Best in Show
Congratulations to ARC Living Master™ David Bowers for winning Best in Show for his painting, “After the Bath” at the 9th Annual International Guild of Realism (IGOR) exhibition.

The IGOR exhibit will continue through November 28th at the Robert Lange Studios in Charleston, South Carolina. Among the artists exhibiting are ARC Living Masters™ David Bowers, Vala Ola, Ardith Starostka and ARC Associate Living Masters™ Don Clapper, Ed Copely, Mary Jane Q Cross, John Boe Paulsen, and James Van Fossan.

After the Bath by David Bowers
For more information about this and other events, please click here.

Posted November 18th, 2014

Epoch Times Article on Adrian Gottlieb

Morning Roses by Adrian Gottlieb
ARC Living Master™ Adrian Gottlieb has recently been featured in an Epoch Times article titled “Painter Spotlight: Adrian Gottlieb, a Poet With Paint”.

“Adrian Gottlieb is considered to be one of the best living portrait painters in the world. A true poet with paint, he manages to imbue his works with an exceptional sensitivity that sets him aside from many of his technically acclaimed peers.”

To read the rest of the article,
please click here.

Posted November 17th, 2014

Russian Academic Figure Drawing Workshop
The Florence Academy of Art is proud to offer for the first time at its location in Florence, Italy, a workshop in Russian figure drawing.

The Russian Academic Figure Drawing Intensive, taught by artist, Iliya Mirochnik, March 23 – 27, 2015.

For Russian painter, Iliya Mirochnik, behind all visual representation must lay a firm knowledge of the conditions that make our visual perception possible. The Russian Academy of Arts (also know as the Repin Academy) made this the keystone of its philosophy during its 250-year history, and is renowned for having preserved and synthesized the artistic approaches of the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries throughout the years. In The Russian Academic Figure Drawing Intensive, students learn to identify the anatomical elements and structures that should remain constant in a figure drawing or painting regardless of the length of time spent on the work, or the media in which it is created. During the course, students work from the nude figure, on a combination of one long pose and a series of special assignments in which students produce quick sketches ranging from 10-45 minutes with specific goals set for each. These exercises help to reinforce important principles discussed in class. Under the instructor’s guidance, students use their knowledge of anatomy to depart from the model and be free to accentuate various elements in their drawings.
Artist, Iliya Mirochnik
Figure drawing in sanguine
Demonstrations by Iliya Mirochnik take place throughout the class.

For information about The Florence Academy of Art, please visit

Posted November 14th, 2014

ARC 2013-2014 Salon Winners in Fine Art Connoisseur
Stephen Bauman’s painting “When I Was Young”, winner of the Fine Art Connoisseur Award and first place in the Imaginative Realism Category in the International 2013-2014 ARC Salon, is featured on the December 2014 cover of Fine Art Connoisseur. This issue also contains an interview with the artist, as well as an article about the salon showing several of the award winning artworks.
“Founded in 1999 by the New Jersey collectors Fred, Sherry, and Kara Lysandra Ross with several of their fellow scholars, the Art Renewal Center (ARC) is a nonprofit educational foundation that encourages the reemergence of traditional art and training techniques. Fortunately, the fruits of its labors are becoming ever more apparent as time goes by.”

To purchase a copy of this issue, please click here.

To view the 2014-2015 ARC Salon Prospectus and to enter the competition, click here.

Posted November 13th, 2014

Academy of Realist Art Unveils New Website
Academy of Realist Art is pleased to announce the launch of their new website. The new site has many new functions and an art store where users can purchase original art work online. The site is also responsive to various screen sizes, and automatically adjusts it’s layout to ensure an optimum user experience regardless of which device the site is being accessed from.

To view the new website, please visit

Posted November 12th, 2014

Julio Reyes Exhibit

Headwinds by Julio Reyes
ARC Living Master Julio Reyes™ will have a solo exhibit of works at the Arcadia Contemporary gallery on 51 Greene Street New York, NY 10013. The show opens on November 13 and continues through the 30th. The opening reception will be from 6 – 8p.m. on November 13th.
Julio is also part of the Contemporary Realism Biennial at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art on 311 Main Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46802. Every two years, FWMoA organizes the Contemporary Realism Biennial, an exhibition of the most compelling trends in realism as explored by the most skilled American and international artists.

ARC will be loaning Julio’s painting “Headwinds” to the museum for this show.

For more information about these events, please click here.

Posted November 11th, 2014

New ARC Allied Organization™
National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society, a new ARC Allied Organization™, encourages the development of excellence in art through its annual “Best of America” juried competition and exhibit as well as through other activities that include art workshops, instruction, online exhibits and public art education.

The 24th annual “Best of America” competition is now taking place at the Vine Gallery in Osage Beach, Missouri. Artists have a chance to win cash and merchandise prizes as well as have their work acknowledged by many national publications including Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine, Art of the West, and Southwest Art Magazine.

Red and White by Cheng Lian

To learn more about NOAPS, please click here.

For more information about the competition, please click here.

Posted November 10th, 2014