14th ARC Scholarship (2013)

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The ARC Scholarship Fund distributes over $30,000 in direct scholarships to aid students at ARC Approved™ art academy and atelier schools.

As those familiar with ARC and its mission know, the organization is involved in numerous projects, all in support of a return to an appreciation of great and enduring art, to the visual expression of shared humanity, and to academic, skill-based, art education. At ARC we view our scholarship program as one of the most important. In order for future generations to produce great art, we must not lose the accumulated knowledge of the last several centuries. At our ARC Approved Atelier™ schools, we know these methods are still taught by some of the greatest artists alive today and the students who are the recipients of these scholarships will receive the training necessary to create great works of art and carry the knowledge to the next generation. For 16 years now, the ARC Scholarship Fund has awarded scholarships to some of the most talented emerging realist artists in the world and helped them continue their studies at ARC Approved Ateliers and Schools. From relatively modest beginnings in 2001, the number of entrants and qualifying Ateliers has expanded rapidly. In 2001 there were 14 ARC Approved Ateliers and today we proudly list over 70 schools and programs. We are proud to have been able to provide over $300,000 to date, enabling us to support an ever-growing number of students and the institutions they attend. The quality of the work continues to astound us, and many of our past winners have gone on to achieve great things in their careers already. Some who have won scholarships in the past have now opened their own ateliers with their own students competing in this very same competition and some have stayed to contribute their expertise at their alma maters, continuing the great academic tradition so important to our philosophy here at ARC. The Art Renewal Center™ is very pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 Annual Scholarship Competition. This year three first place winners, five second place winners, and eight third place winners have been awarded.

Awards are given based on a portfolio of 10 to 15 works as well as a biography/CV, essay, and three letters of recommendation. Individual images are shown below to represent some of the best work submitted by the winning individuals.

This Year's Judges

Fred Ross ARC Chairman

Fred Ross

Frederick C. Ross, Founder and Chairman of the Art Renewal Center, Ross is the leading authority on William Bouguereau and co-author of the Catalogue Raisonné William Bouguereau: His Life and Works. Ross received his MA in art education from Columbia University. His speeches and essays are read by thousands of professionals, educators, students and fans each year; and have become required reading in countless classrooms. Ross is also a well known collector of 19th century European painting and of Contemporary Realism as well. Art Educator/lecturer; President of Bouguereau Committee; Art Expert and Collector, Writer; Artist; Published Art Historian on the 19th Century; ARC Salon and Scholarship Judge

Dr. Vern Swanson

Dr. Vern Swanson

Swanson has his Phd from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, England and is the former Director of the Springville Museum of Art, Utah, where he served for 30 years. He is a lecturer/scholar/writer and expert on 19th Century European Art and Russian Art through the 20th Century. Swanson is the leading authority on Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema and John William Godward and author of the Catalogue Raisonnés for both artists. In total, the number of books Swanson has published is well into the teens.

On behalf of our Chairman, Frederick C. Ross and everyone here at Art Renewal Center™, well-deserved congratulations are extended to all of our scholarship recipients. We thank these young talented artists and the fine institutions in which they study for their dedication and upholding of the finest artistic traditions of history and the best hopes of future advancement in the arts. We wish them continued success on their artistic journeys.

4 First Place Winners - $3,500 ($14,000)

Anthony Baus

Cast Hall Intrusion

Oil on Linen, 2013

24 x 20 inches

Aged 31

Instructor: Jacob Collins

School: Water Street Atelier

Katie Li

Portrait of Quintus III

Oil on Linen, 2013

46 x 42 cm

Aged 18

Instructor: Michael John Angel

School: Angel Academy of Art

Roger Long

Baptism of Christ

Charcoal on Paper, 2009

15 x 7 inches

Aged 34

Instructor: Anthony Waichulis

School: Ani Art Academy Waichulis

Mitch Shea

Female Torso II

Clay, 2012

84 x 36 cm

Aged 26

Instructor: Daniel Graves

School: Florence Academy of Art

6 Second Place Winners - $1,500 ($9,000)

Brock Alius

Self Portrait

Charcoal and White on grey Paper, 2012

34 x 17 inches

Aged 26

Instructor: Ryan Brown

School: Center for Academic Study

Katy Hamilton

Treasures of the Trinity Bedrock

Oil on Canvas, 2012

16x 19 inches

Aged 28

Instructor: Ron Cheek

School: Texas Academy of Figurative Art

Sarah Margaret Gibson


Oil on Linen, 2013

100 x 50 cm

Aged 24

Instructor: Daniel Graves

School: Florence Academy of Art

Sofia Welch


Charcoal and Chalk on Toned Paper, 2013

76 x 55 cm

Aged 22

Instructor: James Napier

School: London Atelier of Representational Art

Tatyana Kulida Shelley

Her Gift to the World

Oil on Linen, 2013

80 x 65 cm

Aged 32

Instructor: Daniel Graves

School: Florence Academy of Art

Zoe Dufour


Clay, 2013

24 inches

Aged 22

Instructor: Jacob Collins

School: Grand Central Academy

6 Third Place Winners - $1,000 ($6,000)

Carey Alvez

The Veil

Watercolor, pencil and chalk on paper with acrylic, 2012

13 x 21 inches

Aged 55

Instructor: Colleen Johnston

School: Academy of Realist Art

Kevin Moore

Be Careful What You Wish For

Charcoal and Pastel on Paper, 2012

28 x 18 inches

Aged 24

Instructor: Anthony Waichulis

School: Ani Art Academy Waichulis

Kierstin Young


Charcoal and White Chalk, 2009

22 x 16 inches

Aged 26

Instructor: Anthony Waichulis

School: Ani Art Academy Waichulis

Lara Marshall

Draped Figure Cast Study

Charcoal and White Chalk on Toned Paper, 2013

30 x 18 inches

Aged 30

Instructor: Matthew and Magdalena Almy

School: Ravenswood Atelier

Rachel Personett

Portrait of Oliver

Graphite, 2013

14 x 11 inches

Aged 21

Instructor: Daniel Graves

School: Florence Academy of Art

Tess-Marie White


Oil on Panel, 2012

16 x 20 inches

Aged 29

Instructor: Andrew Ameral

School: Golden Gate Atlier

7 Fourth Place Winners - $500 ($3,500)

Emma Hirst

Easy, Lucky, Free

Charcoal, 2008

8 x 10 inches

Aged 25

Instructor: Anthony Waichulis

School: Ani Art Academy Waichulis

Jake Posey

The Kettle

Oil on Canvas, 2013

21 x 18 inches

Aged 20

Instructor: Dale Redpath

School: The Atelier

Joshua Granberg


Charcoal, 2012

38 x 19 inches

Aged 29

Instructor: Daniel Graves

School: Florence Academy of Art

Brianna Lee

In the Studio

Oil on Canvas, 2012

12 x 16 inches

Aged 25

Instructor: Hope Railey

School: Laguna College of Art and Design

Niki Covington

Santiago Figure Study

Graphite, 2012

34 x 10 inches

Aged 32

Instructor: Jacob Collins

School: Water Street Atelier

Rebecca Gray


Graphite on White Paper, 2013

24 x 18 inches

Aged 31

Instructor: Jacob Collins

School: Grand Central Academy

Thor Larsen

Carmen D. Amico

Clay, 2012

Life Size

Aged 27

Instructor: Daniel Graves

School: Florence Academy of Art