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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Painted in Mexico - 1700-1790 - Pinxit Mexici Published on 18 May, 2018

The vitality and inventiveness of artists in eighteenth-century New Spain (Mexico) is the focus of this exhibition, which presents some 110 works of art (primarily paintings), many of which are unpublished and newly restored. The exhibition surveys the most important artists and stylistic developments of the period and highlights the emergence of new pictorial genres and subjects. It is the first major exhibition devoted to this neglected topic.
The exhibition is held at the Metropolitan Musuem of Art located on 1000 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10028 and runs from April 24 - July 22, 2018.
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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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May 16, 2018

May 14, 2018

Added Sculpting the Portrait to Calendar
Added Floral Still Life Painting to Calendar
Added Photoshop for Painters to Calendar
Added Federico Andreotti to Museum
Added Mihály Zichy to Museum
Added Arturo Ricci to Museum
Added Angelo Asti to Museum
Added Arthur Robertson to Museum
Added Ils conspirent by Jean-Leon Gerome
Added A Stolen Interview by Edmund Blair Leighton
Added A Bischari Warrior by Jean-Leon Gerome
Added A Peasant Girl Knitting by Jules Breton
Added The Love Potion by Mihály Zichy
Added The Mandolin Player by Jean-Leon Gerome
Added Portrait de femme by Jean-Leon Gerome
Added A Game of Tag by Arturo Ricci
Added A Sultan at Prayer by Jean-Leon Gerome
Added A view of the Gulf of Aqaba by Jean-Leon Gerome
Added Arnaut Drinking by Jean-Leon Gerome
Added Beeston Castle by George Barret
Added Betrothed by Federico Andreotti
Added Caravan Making Camp by Jean-Leon Gerome
Added Le Triomphe d'Hercule by Jean-Leon Gerome
Added Les misères de la guerre by Jean-Leon Gerome
Added Portrait of a Brunette Woman by Angelo Asti
Added Preparing for the Bath by Guillaume Seignac
Added Psyche à la Fontaine by Guillaume Seignac
Added Springtime by Andre Lagrange
Added Tigre et vautour by Jean-Leon Gerome
Added Un cheval à l’écurie by Jean-Leon Gerome
Added Woman Bathing by Jules Dalou
Added an image of Planting A Tree by Sir George Clausen
Added an image of Portrait of a Young Boy by Jean-Leon Gerome

May 13, 2018

May 10, 2018

Added Melt by Faripour Forouhar