Posts for February, 2018

February 2018

TRAC 2018 – Special Offer

February 28, 2018

Art Renewal Center has been a loyal partner of The Representational Art Conference (TRAC) for several years now and since TRAC is going abroad for the first time this year, we want to celebrate this with our loyal supporters.
This year TRAC is held in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands. Leeuwarden is this year’s cultural capital of Europe and will therefore be entirely devoted to art and culture. Not only is Leeuwarden worth a visit when it comes to art, Amsterdam is a 2-hour direct train ride away, where some of the most famous museums and exhibitions are housed. Click here to check out the full program of TRAC 2018.

The Representational Art Conference and Art Renewal Center are happy to announce this special offer to ARC Visitors and Fans.  You are being given a special discounted price: 340 euros instead of 420 euros! A 19% discount!

Come and join us from May 1-4 2018 and register now!

Texas Masters Art Show

February 27, 2018

The 9th Annual Group Show will feature new works by some of the finest Texas artists living and working today including ARC Associate Living Master Mary Ross Buchholz.

The artist reception will be held on Friday, March 2nd 6-8pm and the show runs from March 2 - 23, 2018.

Texas Masters takes place at the Insight Gallery, 214 West Main Street, Fredericksburg, TX 78624.

For more information on this and other events, please visit our calendar.

In Search of the Real II Exhibition

Published on February 22, 2018

Laguna College of Art and Design, and ARC Approved Atelier, is proud to present "In Search of the Real ll: LCAD Fine Arts Faculty Exhibition", a collection of original works from their esteemed Fine Arts faculty. This exhibition is comprised of drawings, paintings, and sculptures dedicated to contemporary views of the figure, landscape, and still life. All LCAD Fine Arts faculty members are professional artists who are dedicated to mentoring a new generation of artists and to furthering the growth of representational art.
Curated by Chair of LCAD's BFA program in Drawing + Painting, Hope Railey
For more information, please visit our Events Calendar.

Mary Pettis Solo Show

Published on February 22, 2018

ARC Living Master Mary Pettis will be exhibiting her paintings in tandem with the concerts being performed by the Minnesota Orchestra.

"Color Harmonies" is a continuing celebration of the return of representational art to the realm of musicality. It is a reminder of our shared human experience, of the universality of emotional expression, and the fulfilling connections that the arts provide us. As a continuation of the co-evolution of music and art, it is designed to satisfy the viewer on both an intuitive and an intellectual level.

The exhibition will be held at the Minnesota Orchestra Hall, 1111 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55403, 3/1-3/3/2018.
To view more about this and other events, please visit our Events Calendar.

Richard Whitney News

Published on February 21, 2018

Richard Whitney recently unveiled a portrait of retiring Chief Justice Linda Dalianis at the New Hampshire Supreme Court.  Chief Dalianis is the first woman Justice and Chief Justice in New Hampshire.
Richard has also received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Who's Who in America.  He is listed in 2018 edition of Who's Who in the World.

PoetsArtists Magazine Competition and the Bennett Prize

February 21, 2018

PoetsArtists Magazine has extended the deadline of the Painting the Figure now competition until April 15, 2018.  Information about the competition can be found here
The Bennett Prize, created in 2018, awards $50,000 to one woman artist to create her own solo exhibition of figurative realist paintings, which will travel the country. The Prize will propel the careers of women painters who have not yet realized full professional recognition, empowering new artists and those who have painted for many years. 
The call for entries opens on April 13, 2018 and ends on Sept. 28, 2018.
For more information about this competition, please click here

ARC Salon Results Announced

Published on February 18, 2018

ARC is pleased to present the winners and finalists of the 13th International ARC Salon Competition. This year we had over 3,750 entries from 69 countries. Our finalists represent approximately 28% of entries. ARC has acquired 11 new works for the ARC collection, valued at over $118,000. Our Best in Show went to Ming Yu, for his painting of In Bvlag, where Yu emphasizes light as a central focus. This masterful work rivals any portrait from current or prior centuries. 

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ARC Salon Competition Results Coming Soon

Published on February 16, 2018

The ARC will be posting results of the 13th International ARC Salon Competition this Monday, February 19th.
The most prestigious realist art competition in the Americas and perhaps the world, the International ARC Salon offers over $100,000 in cash awards and International recognition through partnerships with prestigious magazines, galleries, museum exhibitions, and a strong online presence. This year we have received over 3,750 entries from 69 countries and have included approximately 28% as finalists.

American Painters in Italy Exhibition

Published on February 14, 2018

Since the founding of the United States, American painters have been attracted to the celebrated art, ancient ruins, and picturesque scenery of Italy. 
This exhibition of works from the Museum's collection features watercolors, drawings, and sketchbooks by 18 American artists who traveled to and were inspired by Italy from the late 18th to the early 20th century. Among the best known are John Singleton Copley, Thomas Sully, George Inness, James McNeill Whistler, Maurice Prendergast, and John Singer Sargent. 
The exhibition runs from 2/13 - 6/17/18 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 5th Ave., New York, NY 10028.

Sergio Roffo Art Demo

February 14, 2018

ARC Associate Living Master Sergio Roffo will be holding an art demonstration at Tree's Place located on Rte 6A at 28, Orleans, Massachusetts 02653.   

The event takes place on Saturday, February 17th from 1-3 PM.

All demonstrations are free and open to the public.

New ARC Salon People’s Choice Award

February 13, 2018

Cast Your Votes and Have Your Opinion Heard!
This year we are excited to introduce our 1st ever People's Choice Award!
Cast up to 10 votes for your 10 favorite works once results post on the ARC website on February 19th. The winner will receive $1,000 cash and a full page in the ARC Salon Catalogue to be published by ACC Art Books. Visit the People's Choice Award section on the ARC Salon results pages and click on the vote button below the works of your choice to cast your votes. This option will be available for the first seven days results are live on the ARC website.
The winner of this new award will be revealed on Wednesday, February 28th.

Dutch Artists in Paris, 1789-1914

February 13, 2018

This exhibition highlights the extensive artistic and aesthetic exchanges between Dutch and French painters from the reign of Napoleon to the beginning of the twentieth century. Starting in the First Empire, and especially from 1850 on, over a thousand Dutch painters left their country to renew their inspiration.

The exhibition runs from 2/6 - 5/13/2018 at the Petit Palais, Avenue Winston Churchill, Paris, Île-de-France 75008.

Please visit our Events Calendar to see other exhbitions and classes.

Dutch Artists in Paris, 1789-1914

February 13, 2018

This exhibition highlights the extensive artistic and aesthetic exchanges between Dutch and French painters from the reign of Napoleon to the beginning of the twentieth century. Starting in the First Empire, and especially from 1850 on, over a thousand Dutch painters left their country to renew their inspiration.

The exhibition runs from 2/6 - 5/13/2018 at the Petit Palais, Avenue Winston Churchill, Paris, Île-de-France 75008.

Please visit our Events Calendar to see other exhbitions and classes.

 Pastels in Pieces

Published on February 8, 2018

When eighteenth-century pastellists competed with oil painters for portrait commissions, they faced a challenge. Paper was manufactured in small sheets, and so, to create pastel pictures as large as oil paintings on canvas, artists had to join together multiple sheets of paper. The installation, which pairs each pastel with a map of its constituent sheets, encourages visitors to consider how these works were created.

The exhibition is being held at the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles, CA from January 16–July 29, 2018.

To learn more about this and other exhibitions, please visit our Calendar.


ARC Living Artist Debra Keirce Exhibitions

February 8, 2018

ARC Living Artist, Debra Keirce will have works shown at two Copley Society events.

The Copley Society of Art New Members Show runs from January 11 - February 22, 2018 and the Copley Society of Art Journeys Small Works Show runs from January 11 - April 12, 2018.

Both events will be held at the Copley Society of Art, 158 Newbury St, Boston, Massachusetts 02116.

To learn about this and more events, please visit our Event Calendar.

Pre-Raphaelite News

Published on February 6, 2018

The Manchester Art Gallery recently took down John William Waterhouse's "Hylas and the Nymphs", claiming that the removal was meant to "prompt conversation about how we display and interpret artworks".

Visitors left post-it notes on the wall in response to the removal and the work was later reinstalled.

The gallery claims that taking down the painting was part of a modernist project by contemporary artist Sonia Boyce who will be holding a solo show in the gallery next month. Its filmed removal was part of Boyce's project. "The painting's short term removal from public view was the result of a 'take-over' of some of the gallery’s public spaces by gallery users and performance artists last Friday January 26th."

We encourage our viewership to post their opinions about the removal of one of history's greatest masterpieces. Let the museum know your feeling.

New ARC Approved Atelier

February 6, 2018

The Atelier in The High School at Bradford Christian Academy, was established in 2015 at Bradford Christian Academy by Sandra Galda, who brought atelier training to the school’s art offerings.

The Atelier in the High School at Bradford Christian Academy holds the distiction of being the very first ARC Approved atelier held within a high school. Students move through the year beginning with bargue drawing, charcoal cast drawing, figure drawing, and finish with still life in oil, with several other useful projects included.

To learn more, please visit their ARC Approved Atelier page.

The Hunt of Odd Nerdrum Kickstarter Project

February 1, 2018

"The Hunt of Odd Nerdrum", a 6 part documentary series, follows Nerdrum's son Öde and his former pupil Tuv around the world, tracking down Nerdrum's artistic inspiration.

The series contains more than 200 hours of video and sound footage, and is almost fully edited.

The Kickstarter Campaign will help with post-production and publication for world wide distribution.

To learn more  visit:

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