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Nymphs and Satyr, by William Bouguereau (Detail)
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2011-2012 Salon Competition Judges

e will be announcing the results of the 2011-2012 Salon Competition on July 4th 2012. Please visit our website on that date or after to view the results. We are also proud to announce the Judges of the Salon are as follows:

Dr. Vern G. Swanson: Swanson has his Phd from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, England and is the Director of the Springville Museum of Art, Utah. He is a lecturer/scholar/writer and expert on 19th Century European Art and Russian Art through the 20th Century. Swanson is the leading authority on Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema and John William Godward and author of the Catalogue Raisonnés for both artists.

Fred Ross: Founder and Chairman of the Art Renewal Center, Ross is the leading authority on William Bouguereau and co author of the recently published Catalogue Raisonné William Bouguereau: His Life and Works. Ross received his MA in art education from Columbia University. His speeches and essays are read by over 300,000 art professionals, educators, students and fans each year; and have become required reading in countless classrooms. Ross is also a well known collector of 19th century European painting and of Contemporary Realism as well.

Juliette Aristides: Arisitides is an ARC Living Master™ and studied at numerous private ateliers, the National Academy of Design and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, before becoming a founding member of the Water Street Atelier with Jacob Collins. She is a recipient of the Elisabeth Greenshields Grant; and founded the Classical Atelier at Gage Academy of Fine Art in Seattle WA. She has authored two books, Classical Drawing Atelier and Classical Painting Atelier, which have become well received guidelines for drawing and painting. She has recently published a third book, Lessons in Classical Drawing, which includes an instructional DVD and quickly became a best seller.

Daniel Graves: Graves is an ARC Living Master™ and traveled to Florence in the 70's in search of the techniques of those masters who inspired him most: Rembrandt, Titian, Velasquez, and also the French academic painters. There he found a personal style that fuses the richness of 19h century Italian painting with academic draftsmanship. He was a student of Richard Serrin at the Villa Schifanoia Graduate School of Fine Art, and studied under Nerina Simi, daughter of the Florentine painter, Filadelfo Simi, a student of Gérôme. Daniel Graves went on to found The Florence Academy of Art in 1991 to keep the tradition of great painting and sculpture alive, where he still serves as the Academic Director and a Head Instructor. In April 2008 Daniel Graves and The Florence Academy of Art received the Excellence in Art Education Award from the Portrait Society of America, and their success has allowed them recently to open a second school in Molndal, Gothenberg, Sweden.