Igor 9th Annual Exhibition
The 9th Annual Exhibition of the International Guild of Realism will be hosted by Robert Lange Studios and unveil 75 artworks from 70 award winning artists from around the world. IGOR has been an exclusive artist organization for over ten years and have over 500 juried professional artist members from over 35 countries.

Among the artists exhibiting are ARC Living Masters™ David Bowers and Vala Ola, ARC Associate Living Masters™ Don Clapper, Ed Copley, Mary Jane Q Cross, Jon Boe Paulsen, and James Van Fossan, as well as many former ARC Salon finalists.


Rosibel by James Van Fossan
To learn more about this other exhibits, please click here.

Posted October 14th, 2014

Florence Academy of Art – USA Academy
Starting January 2015, the Florence Academy New York Metro will offer a full time Certificate program in Drawing & Painting with places for 20 students.

Intensive workshops begin in March. Academic Director, Jordan Sokol, and principal instructors, Amaya Gurpide and Richard Greathouse, are all painters trained in the philosophy, language of instruction, and methodology guiding the Florence studio.


Drawing by Amaya Gurpide, Principal Instructor at The Florence Academy of Art New York Metro Branch
Exchanges between the Florence, Mölndal and the Jersey City studios will be frequent during the academic year. Students and faculty will travel between branches to spend a trimester or year studying abroad without experiencing any difference whatsoever in methodology, curriculum or teaching style. This offers students from the U.S. an important opportunity to experience Florence and Mölndal, live among its architectural masterpieces, and visit the museums and galleries important to the classical tradition. At the same time, thanks to our university status, Florence Academy students will earn U.S. college credit for their coursework done at any of our three locations.
Visit www.florenceacademyofart.com/en/faa-newyork/
for information and details on how to apply.

Click here to download the pdf.

Posted October 13th, 2014

Da Vinci Initiative Kickstarter in Epoch Times
“It’s no secret that art instruction in public schools is hurting-not only for funding, but for applicable skills.

The problem often starts at the top. Students may have the desire to learn to draw, but their teachers are at a loss as to how to help them.

‘On several occasions, art teachers who have taken a workshop with me have burst into tears, explaining that they always wanted to learn how to draw and paint at a high level, but didn’t know how to go about it,’ art educator Mandy Hallenius wrote in an email…”

To read the full article, please click here.

To view the Kickstarter and donate, click here.

Posted October 10th, 2014

New 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. Suggested Donation’s aim is to alter the very landscape of the contemporary art world one conversation at a time, including discussions with other contemporary artists who place a lesser value on technical skill, even outsourcing the production of their art, to explore the foundations of this phenomenon with open debate and discussion. In their talks with artists in the Contemporary Realist vein, they will delve into the fine distinctions that define each of us as individuals and promote connoisseurship amongst their listeners.
Illudium PU 36 Explosive Space Modulator by Tony Curanaj
To learn more about this and our other Allied Organizations, please click here.

Posted October 9th, 2014

Epoch Times Reports on 2013/2014 ARC Salon

Bacchanal by Nick Alm
“Every year the Art Renewal Center, a non-profit educational foundation dedicated to the re-appreciation of traditional art and training techniques, hosts a prestigious international painting and sculpting competition. With an approximate 2,200 entries this year by over 1,000 artists, the Art Renewal Center’s 2013/2014 Salon Competition was more competitive than ever. They accepted 685 finalists, which were the top 31 percent of works submitted. They have given out 14 purchase awards, the value of the paintings totaling over $140,000. This is in addition to the over $40,000 in cash prizes…”
– Kara Lysandra Ross
To read the rest of the article, please click here.

We are also currently accepting entries to the 2014/2015 ARC Salon, this year with a live exhibition of some of the works.

To view the new prospectus and new awards, click here.

Posted October 8th, 2014

New ARC Living Artist™
Charlene Helfend Lane’s first heroes were the traditional artists she saw in books and museums. Winning an art award at the age of nine confirmed her desire to be an artist. However, life brought her a different experience. As a young woman she married and created a beautiful family. It was only when her children went to school that she began the quest of developing her art education. To her disappointment, the skills necessary to achieve the beautiful images she hoped to create were not being taught. It seemed as if the art world had succumbed to strange images that lacked visual understanding. That was highlighted when in a college art class she was critiqued by her contemporaries as painting “too pretty”. She was told that “art had to be tough and different”.
The Birthday Cake
by Charlene Helfend Lane
To view her gallery on ARC, click here.

Posted October 7th, 2014

Opportunity to Study with Max Ginsburg

Unemployed On Line by Max Ginsburg
ARC Living Master™ Max Ginsburg will be conducting a 5-day Traditional Realist Alla Prima Oil Painting from Life workshop in his personal studio.
9am to 4 pm – Paint the live model, with demos, and critiques with Max.
4pm to 5pm – Max will discuss the concepts, procedures and development of his large multi-figure paintings including “War Pieta”, and “Unemployed On Line”, and “Foreclosure”, all of which are on view in the studio.

October 13th – 17th, 2014
5 days, Monday thru Friday

For more information or to register, please contact Maria Amor at 646-705-3833 or email maxginsburgstudio@gmail.com.

Posted October 6th, 2014

DVI Kickstarter in the Huffington Post
“The stone has been thrown. The splash is being made and as the repercussions arc across the surface of the representational revolution, they are intercepted as inspiration, as ideas, and The Da Vinci Initiative is capitalizing on them. Everybody has them, these ideas that surface from the student’s questions, formed from their longing and quiet desperation to make something of the talents that they KNOW lay within!”

- Brandon Kralik

To read the full article, click here.

To view the Kickstarter, click here.

Posted October 3rd, 2014

ARC International 2014-2015 Salon Competition Begins!!
This will be our 11th annual competition in which some of the best contemporary realist artists in the world compete for recognition, cash prizes, and a chance to have their work seen by some of the more than 5,000,000 annual visitors to the ARC website, as well as in other reputable venues.
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 top New York City gallery. Rehs Contemporary Galleries, Inc., New York City, NY will select a group of approximately 15 finalists who will be asked to supply the gallery with additional images. From those finalists, the gallery will choose 4 – 6 artists for a group show to be held at their gallery on 57th Street either late 2015 or early 2016. Also, Streamline Art Video will award one finalist a showcase as a key featured part of a DVD on the ARC Salon.
The ARC Salon will also have 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 Director of Operations, Kara Lysandra Ross, will write an article on the top winners for the Epoch Times, a large international newspaper that publishes in 19 languages.

To view the full prospectus, click here.

Posted October 2nd, 2014

Congratulations to Jon Boe Paulsen
ARC would like to congratulate ARC Associate Living Master™ Jon Boe Paulsen for winning first place in the 10th Artavita art contest. His winning work will be exhibited at World Wide Art, Los Angeles at the Los Angeles Convention Center from October 16 – 19, 2014.

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


Dead Ringer by Jon Boe Paulsen

Posted October 1st, 2014

Huffington Post Features The Florence Academy of Art
Representational Painter and Journalist, Brandon Kralik, writes about The Florence Academy of Art’s new U.S. Campus in his featured blog on the Huffington Post. Kralik speaks with the Florence Academy’s founder, Daniel Graves, and painter and director of the new campus, Jordan Sokol, and touches on several provocative topics like the relationship of technique and philosophy as well as the presence of a classical atelier like the Florence Academy within Mana Contemporary.

Graves says, “One doesn’t just begin by writing poetry. One must start with words and sentences and develop the terminology first and then write the poem. The time that one takes with a painting is the meditation on the subject and that whole time spent is absolutely critical…”


Advanced Painting Project, Florence studio
Kralik muses, “It will be interesting to see how FAA fits into this modern environment…”

To read the full article, click here.

For information on full time study and workshops at The Florence Academy of Art, click here.

Posted September 30th, 2014

New ARC Approved™ School
The Academy of Realist Art has opened a new branch of their already successful ARC Approved™ school. Set in the heart of the beautiful historic city of Edinburgh, Scotland, The Academy of Realist Art (ARA) has a curriculum and teaching techniques modeled on the 19th-century European academies. The aim of the Academy is to help students achieve the highest caliber of skills possible. The foundations the ARA Edinburgh teaches can help professionals and amateurs alike achieve exceptional results well beyond their expectations.

To learn more, please visit their atelier page on ARC by clicking here.


Still Life by Instructor – Zen O’Conor

Posted September 29th, 2014

HELP! – Bring Skill Based Art to Public Schools

Drawing by 16 year old Sarah Katie Li, charcoal on paper
The Da Vinci Initiative has started a major fundraising campaign through Kickstarter to bring skill-based training in the visual arts to public schools K-12. Teaching realist based art skills such as those implemented by Da Vinci and Michelangelo not only aligns with current educational research that other subjects currently embrace, but it also enhances the number of choices students can make when creating their own work.

To view the Kickstarter project and video or to donate, click here.

Posted September 26th, 2014

PleinAir Competition Ends September 30th
PleinAir magazine is currently holding their Annual PleinAir Salon. In the spirit of the French Salon created by the Académie des Beaux-Arts in Paris, this annual competition, with bi-monthly contests leading to an annual Salon Grand Prize winners, is designed to stimulate artistic growth through competition and to reward artists through both recognition and $21,000 in total cash prizes.
Each bi-monthly contest will offer visibility through PleinAir magazine’s e-newsletter, digital promotions and awards of materials and supplies. There will be 14 winners (6 overall and 8 by subject category) of each bi-monthly competition who will then be entered into the annual contest.

The competition ends September 30th.

Click here for more information or to enter the competition.

Posted September 25th, 2014

DVI Educator’s Workshops, Seattle, Washington
Register now for DVI workshops this winter. Each workshop is geared towards art educators and will be held at Gage Academy, home of the Juliette Aristides Atelier, in Seattle, Washington. The first workshop, Perspective for Art Educators, which runs two days, February 28th & March 1st, begins by introducing simplified perspective lessons for elementary students and then quickly builds skills throughout middle school lesson plans. The workshop finishes with advanced perspective for high school students. Complicated perspective problems will also be introduced to improve each teachers’ own skill level with perspective. To register, click here.

In the second workshop, Portrait Drawing for Art Teachers, participants will learn how to set up and light a model using classical composition principles. Then, students will draw portraits from life by applying traditional block-in and shading techniques. Throughout the workshop an emphasis will be placed on how to break each skill into lesson plans for use in teachers’ home classrooms. This course will run March 7th and 8th. To register, click here.

Both courses are 12 clock hours.

To view other DVI courses currently accepting registration in CA and PA, click here.

Posted September 24th, 2014

Vala Ola Monuments

Vala Ola with Lost Tribes Monument


Clear Vision Monument

ARC Living Master™, Vala Ola, has created two monuments that will be displayed in the Rocky Mountains in Avon, Colorado.

About the monument “Lost Tribes” Vala stated: “Lost Tribes represents all the Native American tribes lost to the past. The rich history and tradition of the native peoples of America adds a beautiful layer to this land. Illnesses brought from Europe and warfare sadly caused some of the native tribes to be lost forever. This work of art honors those lost to us. She is strong yet apprehensively looking towards the future.”

Of “Clear Vision”, which is the second monument, Vala says: “Clear Vision is a Native American woman who has a sense of the future to come. By her feet is a quartz rattle that light up in the dark when shaken. It symbolizes for me her light from within and her calling on the greater light of all…She knows the road less traveled”.

Posted September 23rd, 2014

Julio Reyes Exhibitions
ARC Living Master™ Julio Reyes will be exhibiting in the Contemporary Realism Biennial in Fort Wayne, IN.
Every two years, the Fort Wayne Museum of Art (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 the painting “Headwinds”, which won a purchase award in the 2011/2012 International ARC Salon Competition to the museum for this show, which runs until November 30, 2014.
Reyes will also hold a one man show of his newest paintings at the Arcadia Contemporary Gallery.

For more information about these events, please click here.

Posted September 22nd, 2014

The Florence Academy of Art announces the opening an Academy in the USA!
Starting January 2015, the Florence Academy New York Metro will offer a full time Certificate program in Drawing & Painting with places for 20 students.

Self Portrait by Richard Greathouse
Intensive workshops begin in March. Academic Director, Jordan Sokol, and principal instructors, Amaya Gurpide and Richard Greathouse, are all painters trained in the philosophy, language of instruction, and methodology guiding the Florence studio. As a result, students from the New York Metro campus who wish to study abroad may transfer seamlessly into the same level in the program in Florence or at the academy’s branch in Mölndal, Sweden, or spend a trimester or more of study as an exchange student in one or both campuses abroad, without experiencing any difference whatsoever in methodology, curriculum or teaching style. This offers students a truly unique experience to study internationally and with a variety of Florence Academy instructors.
Visit www.florenceacademyofart.com/en/faa-newyork/
for information and details on how to apply.

Click here to download the pdf.

Posted September 19th, 2014

MEAM Sculpture Exhibit
The European Museum of Modern Art (MEAM), an ARC Allied Organization, is running an exhibition titled “Some sculpture, please!”. The exhibit focuses on European sculpture of the twentieth century with the aim of drawing more attention to this somewhat neglected medium of sculpture.
With nearly 300 works, including marble, bronze, plaster and terracotta, the exhibit explores late 19th to 20th century sculpture, from Rodin to Tommasi. This highly original exhibit highlights many twentieth century sculptors who are not always remembered and given the credit they deserve.

To learn more about this exhibit, please click here.

To see a video preview of this exhibit, please click here.

Posted September 18th, 2014

PleinAir Award Winner Featured in Magazine

Cover Painting by Anne Blair Brown


PleinAir Magazine Award Winning Painting
2013-2014 International ARC Salon
Brisk Evening by John Pototschnik

John Pototschnik, winner of the PleinAir Magazine Award in the ARC International 2013-2014 Salon, has been featured in an article in the August/September 2014 issue in coordination with this award.

“The gentle narrative found in my paintings evolves as the images take shape,” explains John Pototschnik… “It is a natural, unforced means of expressing the way I wish life was, and the way it could be again. I think of the paintings as expressions of the America we all love…”

The ARC Salon continues to grow every year with greater and more diversified publicity and a continual increase in the number of artists entering. ARC is approaching the start of its 11th annual ARC Salon Competition, scheduled for 2014/2015 which will include several new exciting awards. This is sure to be our biggest competition yet with the largest amount of cash awards and publicity to date. Placing as a top winner will certainly give an artist his or her big break in the field. ARC will be accepting entries from October 1, 2014 through the beginning of 2015. If you are an artist, don’t miss out on your chance to compete.

To buy a copy of the magazine or subscribe to PleinAir, please click here.

Posted September 17th, 2014