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Nymphs and Satyr, by William Bouguereau (Detail)
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Introduction

HE ART RENEWAL CENTER is proud to present the award winners and finalists in our fourth International ARC Salon™ Competition. This year we had 1,643 entries by 596 artists.

We are encouraged by the quality of work submitted in this year's competition, in fact the judges had the hardest time ever selecting the winners. As a result, next year we are considering adding a semi-finalist tier to help narrow the field before the final choices are made. Young gifted artists who are just now beginning their careers and some of the most legendary and well-respected artists alive today were brought together in a single competition where the prestige of even making it to the finals now carries significant weight with galleries, collectors and peers.

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This year's Best in Show with an honorarium of $10,000 has been awarded to Cody Swanson of The United States for his clay sculpture of, Adam. With an honorarium of $3,000, "The William Bouguereau Award - Emotion Theme and the Figure" goes to Christopher Pugliese of The United States for his beautiful multi-figure painting of several nudes, entitled The Persistent Dream of Youth. Together with 3 Awards in each of the 5 Categories, plus the addition of 2 Chairman''s Choice Awards and 5 ARC Staff Awards, the allotted prize amount in this year's ARC Salontm has totaled more than $44,000.

If you are interested in submitting work for the 2008 ARC Salontm, keep an eye on the ARC website for upcoming announcements. From all across the world the very best of the best artists are now here for your viewing pleasure. We invite you to celebrate with us in honoring all of our Finalists and Award Winners for the incredibly high quality and timeless beauty found within this exhibit. On behalf of our Chairman, Fred Ross and everyone here at the Art Renewal Center a well-deserved congratulations is extended to all of our award winners and participants. We thank them for their dedication to the upholding of artistic traditions and values sought by ARC and wish them continued success in all their artistic endeavors.

Message from the ARC Chairman

his year the ARC Salon™ has continued to rapidly grow in popularity. More artists are submitting works and on average each participant is entering more examples of their work.

This year's ARC Salon has been unbelievable. There were so many high quality works, that at first each of the 4 judges chose entirely different works, which was one of several causes of the unfortunate delay that took place, and for that we are deeply apologetic. I know the anticipation that has been building ever greater each year, and I'm sorry if any one was inconvenienced. We also hit head on with the Holidays, and since most of the work is done on a volunteer basis, we had little choice but to adapt to people's schedules.

However, the wait was worth it. This year's Salon is better than ever, and apparently so many of the entrants are doing so well now selling their works, that virtually every choice we made for a purchase award, was already sold, or we believed to be much too expensive for our not-for-profit Foundation to justify. Other items are currently being explored and if any purchase awards are made, they will be added to this announcement as soon as possible.

Please also note that there are more finalists included than in prior years. It was just not possible eliminate any more items. when those remaining were of such high quality.

2007 was a remarkable year for the return of Traditional Classical Realist Fine art. Several more schools are closing in to achieving ARC Approval. Even the world famous Rhode Island School of Design has asked to be considered for ARC Approval as more and more would be students demand accountability and the reasonable expectation that they will be taught skills in exchange for their education dollars. Three ARC Living Masters were accepted into the all important Secondary Market and sold, all three of them for nearly double their high estimates between $34,000 and $45,000 per item. ARC's Scholarships were doubled to $20,000 this year by a matching grant from a kindred Educational Foundation. And more entries, nearly 2,000 of them were entered in the ARC Salon.

I want to thank everyone who participated as well as our volunteers, staff and judges for the important parts you have all played in ARC's continuing growth and success.

So I would like to extend my sincere congratulations to the winners of this year's competition and my thanks to those who entered and all those who helped administer the ARC Salon, for their participation in this fundamental change in the art world and the real world.

Fred Ross,
Chairman



  THE WINNERS
  ADDITIONAL AWARDS
  HONORABLE MENTION

  THE FINALISTS

Best in Show & William Bouguereau Award

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Figurative

First Place: $2,500

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Second Place: $1,000

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Third Place: $500

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  NAVIGATION

Look at the works of the Honorable Mentions and the Finalists in this category.



Still Life

First Place: $2,500

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Second Place: $1,000

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Third Place: $500

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  NAVIGATION

Look at the works of the Honorable Mentions and the Finalists in this category.



Landscape

First Place: $2,500

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Second Place: $1,000

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  NAVIGATION

Look at the works of the Honorable Mentions and the Finalists in this category.

Third Place: $500

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Sculpture

First Place: $2,500

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Second Place: $1,000

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Third Place: $500

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  NAVIGATION

Look at the works of the Honorable Mentions and the Finalists in this category.



Drawing

First Place: $2,500

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Second Place: $1,000

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Third Place: $500

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  NAVIGATION

Look at the works of the Honorable Mentions and the Finalists in this category.