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 representational art and includes works by the old masters, 19th century, and 21st Century Artists as well as articles, letters and other online resources. The ARC is the foremost and only vetting service for representational 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 world for realist artists painting, sculpting and drawing today with eleven 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 21st Century Representational Art Movement. Read the ARC Philosophy written by ARC Chairman, Frederick C. Ross, to learn why ARC is so passionately dedicated to representational art.

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New ARC Approved Atelier Published on 19 July, 2019

ARC is pleased to welcome the Galvez Atelier as a new ARC Approved AtelierSM!

Galvez Atelier offers a curriculum with a sequence of classes carefully designed to help the student develop in drawing and painting. This method is akin to the practice in European ateliers of the past. However, this is a timeless approach that has worked throughout the history of humanity and across cultures. It is implemented at the atelier to provide the proper foundations for the learner to know how to create works that possess intrinsic excellence. The program then offers modular classes to continue one's artistic education.

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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, 2019

Added a new image of Les bords de la Liane by Alphonse Legros.
Added a new image of Le mendiant aveugle by Alphonse Legros.
Added a new image of Le pont du moulin by Alphonse Legros.
Added a new image of Le bruleur d'herbes by Alphonse Legros.

July 18, 2019

Added a new image of The Dead Caesar by Jean-Léon Gérôme.

July 17, 2019

Added Flora Lion.
Added Henry Tonks.
Added Henry Lamb.
Added Mary McEvoy.
Added Edwin Hayes.
Added Hush! by Frank Holl.
Added a new image of St Martin-in-the-Fields by William Logsdail.
Added a new image of Winter Work by Sir George Clausen.
Added a new image of Miss Anne Ryan by John Everett Millais.
Added a new image of Between Two Fires by Francis Davis Millet.
Added a new image of The Moon and Sleep by Simeon Solomon.
Added a new image of The Temple of Love by Edward Burne-Jones.
Added a new image of The Magic Circle by John William Waterhouse.
Added a new image of Saint Eulalia by John William Waterhouse.
Added a new image of Marguerite Kelsey by Meredith Frampton.
Added a new image of The Doctor by Luke Fildes.
Added a new image of August Blue by Henry Scott Tuke.
Added a new image of The Derby Day by William Powell Frith.
Added a new image of The All Pervading by George Frederic Watts.
Added a new image of Mammon by George Frederic Watts.
Added a new image of Chaos by George Frederic Watts.

July 15, 2019

Added a new image of Heartbeat by Ricardo Jose Mujica.