Archive for August, 2014

IlluXcon Arriving Soon to Allentown Museum
IlluXcon, a five day event held at the Allentown Museum, is the world’s largest exhibition of imaginative realist art. Featuring over 150 artists and well over 1000 original pieces of artwork, the show is a visual feast for all fans of imaginative painting.

The show opens September 17 and runs through September 21. Tickets for the full 5-day event or single day tickets for Saturday/Sunday ONLY are available.

To get tickets, please click here.

To learn more about this and other events, please click here.

Petals and Thorns by Eric Velhagen
Posted Friday, August 29th, 2014

Congratulations to ARC Living Artist™ Clark Gussin
ARC would like to congratulate ARC Living Artist™ Clark Gussin for winning Best in Show for his painting “The Whopper” in the 58th Juried Exhibition at the Haggin Museum in Stockton, California.

The Whopper by Clark Gussin

Clark said about his painting, “When it is branding time, ranchers get together and help each other out. … It is not long before all the wild stories, gossip, and jokes (whoppers) start flying. The scene in the painting depicts when the punch line was delivered with a resounding thud…”

The show runs through September 28, 2014.

For additional information, please click here.

Posted Thursday, August 28th, 2014

Congratulations to ARC Living Artist™ Sivananda Nyayapathi
ARC would like to congratulate ARC Living Artist™ Sivananda Nyayapathi for winning first place in the 2014 Summer Juried Exhibition of the Portrait Society of Atlanta for his portrait “Adithi”.

The Portrait Society of Atlanta is a non-profit organization of portrait artists whose main purpose is to educate the public to a greater awareness of the portrait as a valid and valuable art form.

Adithi by Sivananda Nyayapathi
To see more of Sivananda’s work, please click here.
Posted Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

54th Annual Art and Animal Tour

Red Crown 5 by Debbie Stevens
The Society of Animal Artists, an ARC Allied Organization™, focuses on capturing wild and domestic creatures in art on land, sea and air. In their mission to promote artistic excellence in the portrayal of animals, the SAA aims to broaden appreciation for the natural world.
This exhibit will be travelling around the country after the Colorado premier.

August 23 – October 22, 2014
The Wildlife Experience – 10035 Peoria Street – Parker, CO 80134

For more information, please click here.

Posted Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

ARC 2014 Scholarship Competition Results
The Art Renewal Center is very pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 Annual Scholarship Competition.

For 14 years now, the ARC Scholarship Fund has awarded scholarships to some of the most talented emerging realist artists in the world and helped them continue their studies at ARC Approved Ateliers and Schools. We are proud to have been able to provide over $280,000 to date, enabling us to support an ever-growing number of students and the institutions they attend.

To see the winners, please click here.

To donate to ARC to help fund its
charitable causes, click here.

Sophia by Ione Hunter Gordon
First Place 2014 Scholarship Winner
Posted Monday, August 25th, 2014

John Ruskin: Artist and Observer
John Ruskin is primarily remembered as Victorian Britain’s leading art critic and the champion of Turner and the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. Less well known is that Ruskin was an outstanding artist in his own right.

His exquisitely detailed drawings and watercolors were the result of an intense and passionate artistic impulse. This landmark exhibition, for the first time, provides a comprehensive overview of Ruskin’s extraordinary artistic output.

July 4 – September 28, 2014
Scottish National Portrait Gallery – 1 Queen Street, Edinburgh, EH2

To view more about this and other exhibitions, please click here.
Posted Friday, August 22nd, 2014

PleinAir Competition Winners

This is Australia by John Mccartin
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 annual Salon Grand Prize winners, is designed to stimulate artistic growth.

The winners of each bi-monthly contest are featured in the enewsletter, Plein Air Today, and profiled on

To see the current winners, click here.

Posted Thursday, August 21st, 2014

New ARC Allied Organization
The Guild of Boston Artists is a non-profit association of painters and sculptors whose purpose is to promote, nurture and encourage traditional art adhering to the highest standards of quality and presentation. Since its founding in 1914, the Guild has sought to provide a center for the interchange of ideas between artists and the community.

To learn more about our allied organizations, please click here.

Reflection by Anita I. Johnson
Posted Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

ARC Scholarship Competition News
We will be announcing the results of the 14th Annual ARC Scholarship competition on Monday, August 25, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. est.

We hope that all of our ARC viewers will visit the site to see the work of these talented students!

Posted Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Artists and Alumni of Studio Incamminati Exhibition and Sale at the Comcast Center
Starting on August 25, 2014, the artists and alumni of Studio Incamminati will be exhibiting and selling artwork at the Art Center at The Market and Shops at Comcast Center in Philadelphia, PA.

At a special Oct. 14 event, artists and alumni from the school will be on hand to discuss their individual pieces and the burgeoning representational art movement.

For more information, please visit our Events page.

Posted Monday, August 18th, 2014

Did You Ever Kill Anybody Father? Epoch Times
“Although Social Realist painters emerged in countries throughout America and Europe at the time, each with their own distinguishing factors, in England, Frank Holl was very prominent for this type of work. In his painting of Did You Ever Kill Anybody Father?, the artist depicts a strong psychological study of his daughter, Nina. The expression on her face is both inquisitive and fearful, having reached an age at which she begins to understand the realities of life and death.” – Kara Lysandra Ross

To read the full article and to share with your friends on Facebook, click here.

Did You Ever Kill Anybody Father?
by Frank Holl
Posted Friday, August 15th, 2014

DVI Educator’s Workshop at Ani Art Academy

February 22-23, 2015 at the Ani Art Academy Waichulis
Bear Creek Twp., PA

This two-day workshop will explore several aspects of visual perception and language development to uncover an incredibly efficient method for introducing meaningful visual literacy development into the classroom. By looking to new scientific insights offered by Neuroaesthetics and Darwinian theories of beauty, we can revolutionize art education by better understanding what is meant by “the art experience”.

“Learning to ‘design’ is learning to see, an adventure that gets more and more captivating the further you go.” – by Oliver Reichenstein.

Spaces are limited, to reserve one now, click here.

Posted Thursday, August 14th, 2014

New Additions and Updated Gallery

Rainbow by Aivazovsky
We are pleased to announce that we have recently updated the Aivazovsky gallery on ARC.

To view the gallery, please click here.

To view all new additions to the ARC museum, click here.

Posted Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

Dürer’s Women Exhibition
Running through September 21st, Dürer’s Women features over fifty of works from the Cleveland Museum of Art’s distinguished collection of Dürer’s prints and considers the artist’s multivalent depictions of women over the course of his career. Exploring such themes as love, temptation, and power, this exhibition juxtaposes his more traditional religious imagery of the Madonna and saints with his more complex and ambiguous secular depictions of women.

Cleveland Museum of Art – 1150 East Boulevard, Cleveland, Ohio 44106

To view more about this and other exhibits, please click here.

The Virgin with the Infant Christ
and Saint Anne by Dürer
Posted Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

Ani Art Academies Drawings Show
Several artists from the ARC Approved™ Ani Art Academies will be exhibiting at the John Pence Gallery.

“Drawings are at once the heartbeat, the bones, the musculature, and the spirit of all art. Drawings constitute a unique language for each artist, and the viewer is privileged to glimpse the skeletal elements of the art process first-hand. Drawings are personal: they reveal, they are intended as notes, they are a means to an end, and they represent the embryo of genius, the moment of an artist’s truth.” – John Pence

August 14 – September 26, 2014

The John Pence Gallery – 750 Post Street, San Francisco, CA 94109

Opening Reception: August 14, 2014 6-8pm

To view more about this and other events, please click here.

Posted Monday, August 11th, 2014

Of Heaven and Earth: 500 Years of Italian Painting from Glasgow Museums
With works by some of the greatest names in European art, the show entitled, Of Heaven and Earth: 500 Years of Italian Painting from Glasgow Museums, examines the thematic and stylistic developments in Italian art, from the religious paintings of the late Middle Ages and Renaissance to the secular neoclassical and genre paintings of the nineteenth century.

The exhibition’s summer 2014 stop at the Allentown Art Museum is its only appearance on the East Coast.

Salome with the Head of St John the Baptist by Carlo Dolci
June 8 – September 7, 2014

Allentown Art Museum – 31 North Fifth Street Allentown, PA 18101

To view more about this and other events, please click here.

Posted Friday, August 8th, 2014

New Artist Biography and Images added

Portrait of Maria Elisabeth Theresia (Elise) Schwartze-Herrmann with her grandchildren Letty and Lizzy Ansingh by Thérèse Schwartze
ARC is pleased to announce the addition of new biographical information as well as new images by 19th century Dutch female artist, Thérèse Schwartze.

The Amsterdam painter Thérèse Schwartze (1851-1918) was a celebrated portraitist in her time, who combined great technical expertise with a superb head for business. She produced likenesses of the 19th-century Dutch beau monde and members of the royal family in a flamboyant, decidedly un-Dutch style that made her a millionaire. She established an international reputation, with countless exhibitions and commissions throughout Europe and the United States.

To read more, please click here.

Posted Thursday, August 7th, 2014

Opportunity to Study with Max Ginsburg
ARC Living Master™ Max Ginsburg will be conducting a 5 day traditional realist oil painting from life workshop from his Personal Skylight studio located in Long Island City, NY.

The workshop runs October 13-17, Monday – Friday, 9a.m. – 4p.m.

A limited enrollment of 8 students enables daily critiques of work. Max will demonstrate his technique and after 4p.m. daily, he will discuss the concept, process and development of his large multi-figure paintings, some of which are displayed in the studio.

Pat – Bearded by Max Ginsburg
To view the workshop flyer, click here.

For more information or to register, please contact Maria Amor at 646-705-3833 or email

Posted Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

Jeremy Lipking wins Prix de West Award

Silence and Sagebrush by Jeremy Lipking
Congratulations to ARC Living Master™ Jeremy Lipking for winning the top prize purchase award in the Prix de West Art show held at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum.

The Prix de West competition is the one of the finest art competitions for western art held in the United States.

To view more works by Jeremy Lipking, click here.

Posted Monday, August 4th, 2014

DVI Sponsored Skill-Based Teacher Retreats for State Boards of Art Education
The Da Vinci Initiative is working with the State Art Education Associations, Boards of Art Education in the 50 states, to set up three DVI-sponsored skill-based retreats each year. For the 2014-2015 school year we are pleased to announce that the Washington, New Hampshire, and Wyoming Art Education Associations will receive free skill-based teacher retreats which include a nationally known skill-based artist to teach a workshop, space rental for 2 days, and art supplies. This allows for the State Boards of Art Education to become more familiarized with skill-based techniques like those taught in the ARC Approved Atelier Schools with the mission to help instill similar methods in public and private schools K – 12. Although DVI has a limited number of free retreats to give away, the organization uses their connections with artists to provide opportunities for education associations all over the country.
To donate to the DVI, please click here.

For interested individuals looking to take workshops geared for art teachers K – 12 and to discover an accessible approach to skill-based drawing education, there are limited remaining spaces in the upcoming DVI August workshops. The first workshop will run from 8/4 – 8/8 and the second from 8/11 – 8/15. The courses will be taught by the DVI President, Amanda Hallenius at the Aristides Atelier in Seattle, WA. Both classes qualify for continuing education clock hours.

For more information and to register,
click here.

Mona Lisa by Da Vinci
Posted Friday, August 1st, 2014