Art Renewal Center

Leading the Revival of Realism

Leading the revival of realism in the visual arts, the Art Renewal Center (ARC), a 501(c)(3), non-profit, educational foundation, hosts the largest online museum dedicated to realist art and includes works by the old masters, 19th century, and contemporary realists as well as articles, letters and other online resources. The ARC is the foremost and only vetting service for realist art schools ensuring that the teaching curricula and quality of teacher and student work meet our strict standards to become ARC Approved™. The ARC also runs the ARC Salon Competition, which is the largest and most prestigious competition in the western world for realist artists painting, sculpting, and drawing today with nine categories and thousands of works competing, culminating in a traveling live exhibition of many of the winning works. The ARC works with other ARC Allied Organizations™, artist groups, museums, and publications to become a central news hub for the Contemporary Realist Movement of Post Contemporary Art. Read the ARC Philosophy written by ARC Chairman, Frederick C. Ross, to learn why ARC is so passionately dedicated to realist based art.

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New ARC Associate Living Master Published on 16 March, 2018

ARC is pleased to welcome Laurence Saunois as an Associate Living Master.

"I was born near Paris, but I went regularly to spend school holidays on my grandfather's small farm in the southwest of France, in Figeac...As I child I stood in admiration of artists such as Ingres, Gericault, Durer, and Da Vinci.  I tried to reproduce their works in an instinctive way because I had never taken formal drawing lessons. I spent hours at a time drawing..."

To view her gallery on ARC, please click here.

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The ARC Museum is the largest online museum dedicated completely to realist art work. It contains tens of thousands of images by thousands of artists and includes works by 19th century and old master artists through our general search pages, as well as 21st century realist works by our ARC Affiliated Artists™.

Our news section consists of two parts, the first being our News Blog where we post daily to keep our viewers informed on relevant topics about realist art and the second is our Events Calendar which is an interactive calendar listing of all the exciting realist art events taking place around the world including: exhibitions, lectures, open houses, competitions, artist demonstrations, video and podcast releases, publication releases, enrollment dates and more. The calendar can also be viewed in three ways, as a calendar, a general listing, or as a world map.


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As a non-profit educational foundation, education is one of our primary goals. Here is where you can find our ARC Approved™ School listing, ARChives where we have our articles, letters and more, The Da Vinci Initiative which focuses on skill-based learning in K-12 classrooms, artist interviews, artist demonstrations, podcasts, self help books and more.

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Find out more about the ARC and its staff. Learn about our mission and ARC philosophy. Find information on ARC Allied Organizations and how to contact us.


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View the results of past and current ARC competitions or submit your entries here. The ARC holds two types of competitions. The ARC Scholarship Competition, held every May, gives thousands of dollars in direct financial aid to students attending ARC Approved Schools. The International ARC Salon, the most prestigious realist art competition in the Americas and perhaps the world, offers over $100,000 in cash awards and International recognition through partnerships with prestigious magazines, galleries, museum exhibitions, and a strong online presence.

Help support the ARC by purchasing fine art prints, books, DVDs, or more. Here you will also find information on image usage and advertising rates.

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March 16, 2018

Added Robert Caldwell to Museum
Added An Athlete Wrestling with a Python by Lord Frederick Leighton
Added Salvator Mundi by Gian Lorenzo Bernini
Added Shadow (Scissor-tailed Flycatcher) by Robert Caldwell
Added Adoration of the Magi by Andrea della Robbia
Added American by Robert Caldwell
Added Avoid the Ordinary by Robert Caldwell
Added Before and After (Zebras) by Robert Caldwell
Added Black and White by Robert Caldwell
Added Brodie (Dog) by Robert Caldwell
Added Constant Caution (Lions) by Robert Caldwell
Added Hercules and Lichas by Antonio Canova
Added Kutokua Na Hatia (Columbus Monkey) by Robert Caldwell
Added On Tap (White-crowned Sparrow) by Robert Caldwell
Added Reeds at Rice (Song Sparrow) by Robert Caldwell
Added Sewanee Barn (Feral Pigeons) by Robert Caldwell
Added Shadow (Scissor-tailed Flycatcher) by Robert Caldwell
Added Tarangire Lunch by Robert Caldwell
Added The Generals (Rooster) by Robert Caldwell
Added Three Camels (Dromedary Camel) by Robert Caldwell
Added Three Princes (African Elephant) by Robert Caldwell
Added Without (African Elephant) by Robert Caldwell
Added a 3D model of David by Donatello
Added a 3D model of St George by Donatello
Added a 3D model of St Mark by Donatello
Added a 3D model of Portrait of a Woman by Andrea del Verrocchio
Added a 3D model of Christ and Doubting Thomas by Andrea del Verrocchio
Added a 3D model of The Young David by Andrea del Verrocchio
Added a 3D model of Maddalena Penitente by Antonio Canova
Added a 3D model of Cupid and Psyche by Antonio Canova

March 15, 2018

Added Corinthe by Jean-Leon Gerome
Added La joueuse de cerceau by Jean-Leon Gerome
Added Le Barde Noir by Jean-Leon Gerome
Added Femmes au bain by Jean-Leon Gerome
Added Le Muezzin by Jean-Leon Gerome
Added Officier Arnaute by Jean-Leon Gerome
Added Tête de femme vue de dos by Jean-Leon Gerome
Added After the Bath by Jean-Leon Gerome
Added Rüstem Pasha Mosque, Istanbul by Jean-Leon Gerome
Added The Gates of Hell by Auguste Rodin
Added View of Baalbek by Jean-Leon Gerome
Added a 3D model of Apollo and Daphne by Gian Lorenzo Bernini
Added a 3D model of The Ecstasy of Saint Teresa by Gian Lorenzo Bernini
Added a 3D model of The Rape of Proserpine by Gian Lorenzo Bernini
Added a 3D model of David by Michelangelo
Added a 3D model of Madonna (Tondo Pitti) by Michelangelo
Added a 3D model of Tomb of Pope Julius II: Moses by Michelangelo
Added a 3D model of Rondanini Pietà by Michelangelo
Added an image of Dante (He Hath Seen Hell) by Jean-Leon Gerome
Added an image of La Vierge, l'enfant Jesus et Saint Jean by Jean-Leon Gerome
Added an image of Prayer in the Desert by Jean-Leon Gerome

March 14, 2018

Added Bär und Elfe by Max Klinger
Added Ruhe by Max Klinger
Added Amor (Cupid) by Max Klinger
Added Charity, Truth, and Piety by Alfred Gilbert
Added Elend by Max Klinger
Added Zeit und Ruhm by Max Klinger
Added an image of Bust of Pope Innocent X by Alessandro Algardi

March 8, 2018

Added Robbie Fitzpatrick to Museum
Added Aglow by Robbie Fitzpatrick
Added Alone by Robbie Fitzpatrick
Added Colorado Squirrel by Robbie Fitzpatrick
Added Daddy's Shoes by Robbie Fitzpatrick
Added Dee by Robbie Fitzpatrick
Added En Pointe by Robbie Fitzpatrick
Added Foot of the Bed by Robbie Fitzpatrick
Added Gentle Persuasion by Robbie Fitzpatrick
Added Golden Braids by Robbie Fitzpatrick
Added Interlude by Robbie Fitzpatrick
Added Lunch by Robbie Fitzpatrick
Added Natural Beauty by Robbie Fitzpatrick
Added On Grandma's Blanket by Robbie Fitzpatrick
Added Patience by Robbie Fitzpatrick
Added Reflections by Robbie Fitzpatrick
Added Rosy Antiquity (Galapagos Tortoise) by Robbie Fitzpatrick
Added Stealth by Robbie Fitzpatrick
Added The Front Gate by Robbie Fitzpatrick
Added Tired by Robbie Fitzpatrick