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6th Annual ARC Salon

The Art Renewal Center® is proud to present the award winners and finalists in our sixth International ARC Salon™ Competition. This year we had well over 1,700 entries with outstanding results.

Together with 3 Awards in each of the 6 Categories, plus the addition of 4 Chairman's Choice Awards and 5 ARC Staff Awards and Purchase Prize Awards, the allotted prize amount in this year's ARC Salon™ has totaled more than $80,000.

Once again the quality of work submitted to this year's competition was overwhelming. To quote our recipient of the William Bouguereau Award and First Place Winner in the Drawing Category, Marina Dieul upon notification:

I can't believe it! When I think that 5 years ago I didn't know there were people interested in realism, I hadn't even meet another realist artist ... Today is really an exceptional moment in my life!

Since it's inception 6 years ago, the ARC Salon™ has evolved considerably. One of the most significant changes has been in the overall quality of the work submitted, which continues to impress us anew each year and makes the finalist selection process ever more challenging. Last year the finalists were narrowed down to 204 works and this year we struggled even to get the number down to 368. We then removed an additional 82 images that did not receive any votes, giving you the 286 images displayed here.

For the first time this year, we added an animal category which produced 31 finalists from an enthusiastic and talented new pool of artists. If there was ever a year to purchase a catalogue, this would be it. With over 80 more works than previous years, this expanded catalogue will display over 300 full-color images from some of the best realist artists in the world.

Kara Lysandra Ross
Executive Director of Programs, Art Renewal Center®