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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The Plein Air Collection Published on 4 December, 2020

The Plein Air Collection

Ever since stressed-out 19th century Parisian artists decamped to the countryside to escape the incessant demands and competition of their careers, painters have banded together and sought camaraderie in the refuge of nature.

New York Artists Equity Association Inc. will have an exhibition of Plein Air works created by ARC Living Master Patricia Watwood, along with Chris Eastland, Kristin Kunc, Brooks Frederick, Lisa Lebofsky, Hyeseung Marriage-Song, and Michael Gormley.

The exhibition runs from November 23 - December 23, 2020 at New York Artists Equity Association Inc., 245 Broome Street, New York, NY 10002.

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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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December 3, 2020

Added a new image of The Italian Flower Girl by Eugene de Blaas.
Added a new image of Daydreaming by Eugene de Blaas.
Added a new image of An Affectionate Glance by Eugene de Blaas.
Added a new image of A Young Fishwife by Eugene de Blaas.
Added a new image of A Venetian Courtship by Eugene de Blaas.
Added a new image of Lisa by Eugene de Blaas.
Added a new image of Venetian Girl by Eugene de Blaas.
Added a new image of A Venetian Water-Carrier by Eugene de Blaas.
Added a new image of A Moment of Sadness by Eugene de Blaas.
Added a new image of The Farewell by Eugene de Blaas.

December 2, 2020

Added a new image of Flaming June by Lord Frederick Leighton.
Added a new image of Florentine Poet by Alexandre Cabanel.
Added a new image of Lindos, Rhodes by Lord Frederick Leighton.
Added a new image of Child by Pierino da Vinci.