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Introduction

HE ART RENEWAL CENTER is proud to present the award winners and finalists in our fifth International ARC Salon® Competition. This year we had well over 1600 entries from 30 different countries.

Once again the quality of work submitted to this year's competition is living proof that the great traditions of representational painting, drawing and sculpture are alive and those who would seek guidance can find the support and tutelage necessary to master them. With so many quality entries, we found it necessary to add a semi-finalists tier to help narrow the field before the final choices were made and we will be listing the semi-finalists at the end of this Salon posting.

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This year's Best in Show with an honorarium of $10,000 has been awarded to Hiroshi Furuyoshi of Japan for his painting, Julien. The First Place Awards for $2,500 each were awarded to:

Figurative category - Oleg Radvan for Anna;

Still-Life - Jeffrey T. Larson for Reflections;

Landscape - Nobuhito Tanaka for Behind Ghirardelli;

Sculpture - Mike Magrath for Lot's Tribe; Pieta;

Drawing - Ricky Colson III for Cindy and Zuzu;

Together with 3 Awards in each of the 5 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 Salontm has totaled more than $70,000.

If you are interested in submitting work for the 2009-2010 ARC Salon®, 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

It is with great pride we present the winners of our 2008-2009 ARC Salon® competition.

The level of skill and quality that we see coming in from all parts of the world, confirms what we have known for some time now: that Humanist, Classical, Traditional Realism is back in full force. It's the only paradigm of fine art capable of expressing the full range of human ideas, beliefs, concepts, values, and emotions. And despite the claims it its enemies, it has not now, nor ever could have "all been done", any more than it would be true to say it has "all been written" in literature.

Just as the immense vocabulary of written language, with its endless complexity and sophistication, is capable of expressing any idea a human being can create, so too with a realist vocabulary, (all things in the real world around us), we are able to express the full range of human thoughts, ideas, concepts, beliefs, values, and emotions (including even those in fantasies, dreams, myths and legends) within the fine arts of drawing, painting and sculpture.

As the last 5 years of ARC Salons have shown, we are rapidly advancing and closing in on the highest levels ever reached during the three high points for fine art in the High Renaissance, 17th Century, and mid to late 19th Century.

I hope you enjoy viewing the results, and ask accomplished artist everywhere to please enter next year's competition. ARC must exhibit the best of the best of what is being accomplished around the world, and can only do so with the widest possible participation.

For those who did not win, and those who did not even make it to the finals, many of you still demonstrated very high and advancing levels of quality and accomplishment. Please don't be discouraged. There is always next year, when with hard work and uncompromising dedication you just may be a winner. Many of this year's winners only first made it there after several years when they did not.

There were so many excellent works this time, that I eliminated, at least for this year, the Bouguereau Award, instead naming 7 Chairman's Choice Awards that I felt deserved more recognition than they had received in the judging by category.

Please join us in wishing warm and robust congratulations to all of our winners, honorable mentions and finalists.

Fred Ross,
Chairman


Click Here to Preorder your 5th 2008/09 International ARC Salon Catalogues Now: Due to popular demand we are publishing in the back of this year's catalogue ARC Chairman, Fred Ross' very popular speech which he delivered to an audience over 1,500 from the American Society of Portrait Artists at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in June of 2001. "Mr Ross was interrupted at least 10 times to thunderous applause or peals of laughter, as he blasted Modernism and its chief icons, Picasso, Mattisse and DeKooning, with some of the most biting, yet truthful satire that has ever been heard in those sanctified halls." This speech has been read by over 100,000 people each year and has become required reading in countless art courses around the world.


  THE WINNERS
  ADDITIONAL AWARDS

  HONORABLE MENTION

  THE FINALISTS

Best in Show

Award: $10,000


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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.