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Nymphs and Satyr, by William Bouguereau (Detail)
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12th Annual ARC Scholarship Awards

The ARC Scholarship Fund Distributes $31,700 in Direct Scholarships to Aid Students at ARC Approved™ Art Academy and Atelier Schools


As those familiar with the 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 humanist values in the visual arts, and to academic 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 Ateliers™ 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 12 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 $220,000 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 have opened their own Ateliers 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. On this note, the Art Renewal Center™ is very pleased to announce the winners of the 2012 Annual Scholarship Competition.

This Year's Judges

Frederick Ross - Founder and Chairman of the Art Renewal Center, Ross is the leading authority on William Bouguereau and co-author of the recently published 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 over 300,000 art 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.

Dr. Vern Swanson - Swanson has his Phd from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, England was the Director of the Springville Museum of Art, Utah 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.

This Year's Winners

First Place Awards: $3,500 has been awarded to each of the following five promising young students:

Erin Anderson of Ani Academy Waichulis
Brandon D Drake of Ani Art Academy Waichulis
Kresten Smedemark of Angel Academy of Art
Katie Whipple of Grand Central Academy of Art
Bayasgalan Batmagnai of Florence Academy of Art

Second Place Awards: $1,800 has been awarded to four students this year:

Hayley Brown of Angel Academy of Art
Sophie Merle of Angel Academy of Art
Tanvi Pathare of The Florence Academy of Art
Samuel Hung of Grand Central Academy

Third Place Awards: We have awarded 7 third place prizes of $1,000 to the following students:

Alicia Lang of Ani Art Academy Waichulis
Ione Mary Hunter Gordon of Florence Academy of Art
Erika Baez of Ani Art Academy Waichulis
Katie Liddiard of The Center for Academic Study and Naturalist Painting
Anthony Baus of Grand Central Academy
Devin Cecil-Wishing of Grand Central Academy of Art
Niki Covington of Grand Central Academy of Art

On behalf of our Chairman, Fred 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.

First Place Awards



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Second Place Awards


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Third Place Awards


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