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 21st Century 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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Stephen Gjertson Article Published on 19 July, 2018

ARC Living Master,  Steve Gjertson, has recently been interviewed by Emilio Longo - Visual Arts Teacher and author of Skill-Based Art: A Learning Resource for Art Students and Artist-Teachers.

“In college I encountered hostility to representational art. My drawing instructors called it old fashioned and outdated. It was OK in the past, but serious contemporary artists created more expressive and relevant kinds of work. I had never been interested in so called Modern Art. It didn’t appeal to me because the representational element was either absent, distorted, or crudely rendered.”

To read the full article, 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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July 19, 2018

July 16, 2018

Added Paul Antoine de La Boulaye to Museum
Added A dish by Pierre Bonnaud
Added Portrait of a Woman by Raphael
Added Madonna del Passeggio by Raphael
Added Ritratto di giovane uomo by Raphael
Added La muta by Raphael
Added Retrato de Pietro Perugino by Raphael
Added Self-portrait by Raphael
Added A Reclining Beauty by Pierre Bonnaud
Added Dressing for the Ball by Pierre Bonnaud
Added Jeune femme allongée by Pierre Bonnaud
Added La belle servante by Pierre Bonnaud
Added Le Réveil by Pierre Bonnaud
Added L'illusionniste by Pierre Bonnaud
Added Mata-Hari au casino de Lyon by Pierre Bonnaud
Added Portrait of a Man by Raphael
Added Salomé by Paul Antoine de La Boulaye
Added an image of Double Portrait by Raphael
Added an image of Portrait of Pope Julius II by Raphael
Added an image of Raffaello Sanzio by Raphael
Added an image of Ritratto di Bindo Altoviti by Raphael
Added an image of Portrait of a Man by Raphael
Added an image of Portrait of Baldassare Castiglione by Raphael
Added an image of Joanna of Aragon by Raphael

July 13, 2018

Added Face Time 2019 Exhibition to Calendar
Added Face Time 2019 Competition to Calendar
Added an image of Black Swan by Jon Bøe Paulsen

July 12, 2018

Added 69 Shades of Women’s Art to Calendar