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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 2013/2014 International Salon Competition. With an approximate 2200 entries this year by over 1,000 artists, the 2013/2014 ARC Salon competition was more competitive than ever. This year we have accepted 685 finalists, which are the top 31% of works submitted. This year we have given out 14 purchase awards, the value of the paintings totaling over $140,000. 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, Bacchanal, by Nick Alm, was also runner up for Best in Show placing just behind Jeremy Lipking who took the grand prize with his painting of Adrift, a sizable canvas of 40 x 40 inches. This work is a continuing exploration by Lipking into works inspired by the story of Ophelia. In Adrift, the artist depicts his daughter floating in a transcendent state of bliss. In addition to a $8,000 cash award, the Best in Show winner of the 2013/2014 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.

We introduced a new award last minute into the 2013/2014 ARC Salon called the Dual Category Award, that we will keep for future ARC Salons as well when applicable. This award goes to a painting or sculpture that has ranked as an honorable mention in more then one category. This year the award has been given to Michael Dumas for his painting of Influx: Sparrows in the Louvre, which ranked as an honorable mention in both the Still Life Category and the Animal Category.

When I Was Young, by Stephen Bauman won both The Fine Art Connoisseur Award as well as First Place in the Imaginative Realist Category. Since the Judges for these two awards were completely separate, it says a lot about the strength of this particular image which is both symbolic and profound.

This year the Plein Air Magazine Award went to John Pototschnik for his landscape, Brisk Evening. This work won him a featured article done on his work in an upcoming issue of Plein Air Magazine. This award was chosen by the magazine's publisher B. Eric Rhoads as was The Fine Art Connoisseur Award, which will also be a feature article but in Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine.

For the first year we had an additional four magazines participating in the ARC Salon. American Art Collector Magazine, Western Art Collector Magazine, American Fine Art Magazine, and International Artist Magazine. All these awards were picked by the magazines' editor Joshua Rose. The American Art Collector Magazine Award of Excellence went to Peter Fiore for his landscape titled Tangle 1, the Western Art Collector Magazine Award of Excellence went to Mary Ross Buchholz for her animal drawing, Break Time, and the International Artist Magazine Award of Excellence went to a figurative entry, Maiden in White, by Jonathan Ahn. All three of these awards are a featured article in the respective magazines. The American Fine Art Magazine Award of Excellence was given to Erik Koeppel, the prize for which is still to be announced.

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 articles on the specific winners in Plein Air Magazine, American Art Collector Magazine, Western Art Collector Magazine, International Artist 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 11th annual ARC Salon Competition, scheduled for 2014/2015. 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 October 1, 2014 through the beginning of 2015. If you are an artist, don't miss out on your chance to compete.

Kara Ross,
Director of Operations



 fter the incredible high quality of last year's ARC Salon, I thought we would have a tough job for the next few years maintaining the depth, breadth and wide array of deeply rich and beautiful works of art found in that competition. I'm especially pleased to report that the growing number of great masterful artists working today seem to have had no problem rising to the occasion. So much is that the case that we just could not be restricted to the 600 finalists that we had last year. We had to once again expand the number of finalists all the way to 685, a nearly 15% increase and even then had some really hard decisions, so if any of those artists who did not rank as a finalist this year are reading this, please do not be disheartened. Many of those included this year tried out in prior years, and did not earn inclusion, but continued to enter new works until ranking in the top works submitted.

All over there are signs of representational fine art being recognized and included where before it was not. Visual fine art is best understood as a language; a visual language that was developed as a means of communication. Very much like spoken and written languages it is successful if communication takes place and it is unsuccessful if it does not. So fine art is a way that human beings can communicate our shared humanity and it is the most successful when consummate skill focuses on life's emotionally charged moments and does so with poetry beauty and grace. Since communication is the goal, it is therefore necessary that this visual language, much like spoken and written languages must have a vocabulary and a grammar which is shared and understood by the teller and listener. The earliest forms of written languages used simple drawings of real objects to represent those objects. That makes the origins of written language overlap in a nearly identical way to the origins of fine art. The vocabulary of art's visual language are realistic images which we see around us in life, and the grammar are the rules and skills needed to orderly and believably render the images. Rules of grammar are things like finding contours; modeling; create shadows and highlights with the use of glazing and scumbling which create light and atmosphere through layers of pigment; use of selective focus; perspective; foreshortening; compositional balance; warm and cool color; lost and found shapes and lines, etc.

So, there we have it, the core concept that explains what fine art is. It is a visual language which is capable of expressing the endless range of thoughts and ideas which can also be expressed in great literature and poetry. However, unlike the hundreds of spoken and written languages, the vocabulary of traditional realism in fine art has something which makes it unique, in one important way...the language of traditional realism cuts across all those other languages and can be understood by all people everywhere on earth, regardless of what language it is they speak or write in. Thus Realism is a universal language that enables communication with all people and to people of all times.

So all you artists who have entered the ARC salon. Never doubt the value of what you are doing. You are all playing a part in saving for mankind our one universal language which the Modern Art Establishment nearly destroyed. You are bringing back and reasserting one of humankind's most important civilizing methods which can help break down the walls that keep people of different origins and languages feeling apart, breakage down suspicion and distrust due to the inability to communicate.

You are all helping to fill the world with beauty instead of ugliness. Used in this way, beauty does not mean pretty. Beauty can capture pain, sorrow and corruption as well as life's uplifting moments of joy and happiness. Great fine art is visual poetry which releases negative feelings in constructive, calming, thoughtful ways. Self-conscious ugliness irritates and provokes. Beauty helps to make life worth living while nurtures charity in the heart, kindness in the soul and cultivates a generosity of spirit. Ugliness engenders contempt and it is painful to behold. Much of the art of the past century is laced with decay and disorder.

People steeped in that which is vile, corrupt and chaotic also want to share it with others, for misery too loves company.

ARC and the thousands of artists who work with us are working to reinstate values and understanding between men and women from every background and origin. We are tirelessly working to bring beauty and poetry and the respect and appreciation of all people back into our schools our institutions, our museum and the walls of our homes. Ultimately, Realism is about humanity and one cannot help solve humanities problems by banning human subject matter from one of mankind's greatest creative occupations, the visual fine arts of drawing painting and sculpture. If you surround yourself with fine art you are every day reminded of your humanity.

Fred Ross,
Chairman


We would like to thank this year's judges:

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.

Dr. Vern Swanson - Swanson has his PhD from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, England and is the former Director of the Springville Museum of Art, Utah, where he served for 30 years. 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. In total, the number of books Swanson has published is well into the teens.

Julie Bell - is an ARC Living Master™ who was born in Beaumont, Texas. A former competitive bodybuilder, her knowledge of anatomy has allowed her to imbue her figures of humans and animals with grace and strength. Julie's work in the fantasy and science fiction field has appeared on hundreds of book covers, comic books, trading cards, and various collectibles. Her work can be seen worldwide in major advertising campaigns, album covers, posters, and collectibles of all kinds. Every year, she and her husband, Boris Vallejo, produce the highly anticipated Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell Fantasy Calendar published by Workman, now in its 33rd year. More recently, Julie has turned her attention to painting wildlife, winning first place in the Animal Category in the International ARC Salon two years in a row. Julie Bell should also be singled out as winning the most awards in any one competition ARC has ever held, in the 2012/2013 Salon 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.

James Hastie - is a Senior Director of Christie's with over 24 years' experience in the 19th Century European Paintings and Drawings department. Appointed a Director of Christie's London and Head of Christie's South Kensington's British and 19th Century European Paintings department in 2000, he was instrumental in the redevelopment and success of that sale site. In 2006, James joined the New York team as a Senior Specialist supporting all areas of the team's business-getting activities and appointed Head of 19th Century European Art in 2009. James has also been a Christie's sale and charity auctioneer for over 15 years.

To all applicants, please note that we will post the 2014/2015 Salon prospectus in late August, and will be accepting entries for the Art Renewal Center 2014/2015 International Salon from October 1, 2014 to early 2015.

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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