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The ARC Salon Entry Period Has Now Concluded

The Art Renewal Center is no longer accepting entries to the 16th International ARC Salon. Over 5,400 entries have been received from 75 countries.

A list of the semi-finalist artists and works for the 16th International ARC Salon Competition will be posted on September 19th, 2022.

A list of the finalists will be posted on November 1st, 2022.

Winners will be posted on January 2nd, 2023. 

When talking about competitions and exhibitions dedicated to 21st Century Realism, the International ARC Salon is the largest in the world in terms of entries, and the most diverse in terms of categories and international participation. This makes the International ARC Salon Competition the most influential and far-reaching competition for Contemporary Realism in the world, with over $130,000 in cash awards and international recognition through partnerships with prestigious magazines, galleries, and museums, with live exhibitions and a strong online presence. Categories include: Figurative, Portraiture, Imaginative Realism, Drawing, Landscape, Still Life, Plein Air Painting, Fully From Life, Sculpture, Animals, and a special category for teens.

Best of luck to all of our competitors!


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Read about the rules for entering the ARC Salon and other important information.


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Artists may enter and win in one or all eleven categories; there is no limit to the number of entries you may submit.



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Over $130,000 in cash awards and International recognition through partnerships with prestigious magazines, galleries and museums, with live exhibitions and a strong online presence.


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This year the Salon will be juried by several members of our prestigious ARC Board of Judges and perhaps some special guest judges as well (four per category). Specific judges for categories still to be announced.


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Thank you to our sponsors for their dedication to fine art, their generous donations to help the vision of an international traveling exhibition and our multi-genre competition to inspire, promote, and defend the advancement of academically inspired visual art in the 21st century.