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  THE WINNERS
  ADDITIONAL AWARDS

  HONORABLE MENTION

  THE FINALISTS

Salon Results Announcement
Message from the ARC Chairman
fancy TRC is pleased to present the winners of the 2012/2013 International Salon Competition. With an approximate 2000 entries this year by over 850 artists, the competition was steeper then ever. Even with an additional category, and expanding our finalist cut up to the top 600 entries, the finalists only include the top 30% of works submitted. The Salon Catalogue will most likely run about 200 pages and include over 600 full color images, the winners receiving full page plates.

First I would like to say that we had the largest number of purchase awards ever with 17 works being acquired, the value of the paintings totaling over $240,000. This is in addition to the $40,000 in cash prizes and the production of the DVD, valued at $25,000.

This year it should be noted that the William Bouguereau Award Winner, The Little Mermaid, by Arantzazu Martinez, was also runner up for Best in Show placing just behind Orley Ypon who took the grand prize with his painting of Interregnum, a massive work of 90 x 60 inches displaying an elaborate scene of hundreds of individuals struggling in the murky waters of uncertainty. In addition to a $8,000 cash award, the Best in Show winner of the 2012/2013 ARC Salon competition will be awarded a fully produced and released video DVD showing a demonstration of their technique, an interview with the artist, and a profile of the artist's work. The Best in Show winner will be a key feature in this exciting new full-length DVD about the ARC Salon and will also include the works of all the winners and finalists. This is a $25,000 value and will be produced by Streamline Art Video, an ARC Allied Organization.

Joseph McGurl is our first recipient of what will hopefully be a long line of Plein Air Magazine Award winners to have a featured article done on thier work in an upcoming issue of Plein Air Magazine. This award was chosen by the magazine's publisher B. Eric Rhoads, though he was not the only judge to see the strong submissions by this talented artist. Joseph McGurl also won first place in the landscape category for his painting of Creation in Time and Space and a major purchase award for the same work.

Julie Bell should also be singled out as winning the most awards in any one competition ARC has ever held, winning First Place in the Imaginative Realist Category, First and Third Place in the Animal Category, and two purchase awards. She also received Best Portrait Runner Up, two additional honorable mentions, and has emerged as one of the top artists of her generation.

For the first year ever we have not one, but two ties in the ARC Salon. One in the Landscape Category for Second Place between Erik Koeppel for his painting of Revival and Mark Haworth's work of Wall of Zion. The second tie was in the Drawing Category, also for Second Place, between Julio Reyes for his Black Veil and Juan Martinez for his piece, That Woman from Sparta. It should also be said that for the second year in a row our First Place Drawing Category Award winner was a student from the ARC Approved™ Ani Art Academies. Roger Long last year, and this year Jason Brady with his dark and intimidating charcoal titled Just a Game. Jason Brady is only 23 years old.

Look to the future weeks and months for full coverage of the ARC Salon Winners in the Epoch Times, Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine, as well as the featured article on Joseph McGurl in Plein Air Magazine, and perhaps in other venues as well. The ARC Salon continues to grow every year with greater and more diversified publicity and a continual increase in the number of artists entering. We are approaching the start of our 10th annual ARC Salon Competition, scheduled for 2013/2014. This is sure to be our largest 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. We will be accepting entries from September 1, 2013 through the beginning of 2014. If you are an artist, don't miss out on your chance to compete.

Kara Ross,
Director of Operations



 have never felt so encouraged and elated as I do from the results of the current ARC Salon competition.

My confidence for the future of the fine arts of painting, drawing and sculpture is surging in a manner and to a degree beyond what I ever dreamed would or could have been possible in my lifetime. This new era of art is now happening as we enter the 14th year of ARC's history as an organization devoted to the preservation, appreciation and resurgence of Traditional Humanist Realism.

After a hundred years of denigration and decline, a century of ridicule and suppression, when all art's true potential was squelched, inhibiting the most talented of our fine artists and summarily excommunicating them from the art world; while mind numbing iterations of Modernism with blotches and splotches and dabbles and dribbles, blips, blobs, smears, tares, were called glamorous creations and lines and angles, circles and squares were called original and powerful imagery; where con-men and artists were joined at their mercenary hips, and all knowledge of the 500 years of Western Art were in full decline; suppressed, deaccessed and banished from the halls and walls of societies supposed centers of civilization, we now have returned to great art .

Apparently the creativity of talented young people lay right below the surface, like a coiled spring waiting for someone to come along and release it. The Art Renewal Center is honored to have been a key player in doing just that. The surge I see in the quality and quantity of the great and masterful works emerging from the now thousands of artist studios and ARC Approved™ Schools, is already producing paintings and drawings every bit as original and brilliant as the finest works produced in the 30 generations of artists that came before the 20th Century. There now exists:

Landscapes that could be hung in the same gallery with Bierstadt, Church, Friederich, Hobbema and the Ruysdaels.

Figurative canvases that could be shown unabashedly to Titian, Rembrandt, Caravaggio, Bouguereau and Gerome.

Cabinet paintings that would be loved and appreciated by Meisonnier, Alma-Tadema, Vermeer and Von Meiris.

Still Lifes that could be placed near Peter Claetz or William Harnett and Imaginative Realism which would surely win the praises of the Pre-Raphealite Brotherhood and the Nazarenes before them.

And what is so exciting is that all these new and original works carry the energy, creativity and spirit of the contemporary soul. They could have only been painted in the 21st century.

Just 12 years ago ARC could only find 14 tiny schools, with a total of less than 200 students, who knew about and taught the techniques of the old masters. Today there are 70 ARC Approved programs with thousands of students who are positioning to grow the field tenfold again by 2025. Artists will now have the availability of instruction via DVDs, the Internet and all the modern technologies of communication. This will beyond doubt produce the greatest explosion of creative energy and the birth of many new masterpieces even more advanced than any that have ever come before. We are truly witnessing a 21st Century Renaissance. There is no question that there will emerge from the ARC Salon artists who will in the future be welcomed by art historians into the ranks of artistic genius.

Fred Ross,
Chairman

Art Renewal Center and Streamline Publishing (publishers of Fine Art Connoisseur and Plein Air Magazines) will release the first ARC DVD this coming October. The three hour video, will be produced by Streamline Art Video and will feature a step-by-step demonstration by the 2012/2013 Best of Show Winner. The video will also contain an in-depth interview with ARC founder Fred Ross, and a video exhibit of all the finalists and winners in the 2012/2013 ARC Salon.


To learn more about the judges for this year's salon, click here.

To all applicants, please note that we will post the 2013/2014 Salon prospectus in late August, and will be accepting entries for the Art Renewal Center 2013/2014 International Salon from September 1, 2012 to early 2014.

Best in Show
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William Bouguereau Award: 'Emotion, Theme and the Figure'
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Figurative Category Winners
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Imaginative Realism Category Winners
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Landscape Category Winners
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Still Life Category Winners
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Sculpture Category Winners
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Drawing Category Winners
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Animal Category Winners
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