Entries will be accepted from May 1st - May 31st, 2014
If you know of any struggling, hard working and truly talented students, please pass the word. Help us to support our aspiring artists by informing faculty and administrators at qualifying institutions. Through the ARC scholarship fund, we intend to work to ensure that this valuable resource will endure. Those who wish to apply are directed to the application below.
In addition to our student scholarship program, the Art Renewal Center will evaluate requests submitted directly from struggling, qualified ateliers and educational programs that offer a curriculum committed to training in the academic tradition. Our Board of Trustees will consider the possibility of directing some amount of funding to cover operating expenses and curriculum development. Please contact ARC Chairman, Fred Ross at Chairman@ArtRenewal.org for further information.
Click here to read a letter of thanks from a 2012 scholarship recipient.
Student painters and sculptors who are chosen to receive these awards will have submitted examples of their works which clearly reflect the principles espoused by the classical methods of drawing, painting and sculpture. Student works should reflect a level of visual literacy that demonstrates their potential for interpreting humanist values that will ultimately provide them with the tools and creative inspiration necessary to produce works of universal relevance.
From the contest participants we will select a group of students, no less than 10, though perhaps quite a few more, to receive between them $30,000. The Scholarship Judges, will discuss all materials provided by the participants and divide them into tiers of achievement. Because winners are divided in this fashion, there is the potential for numerous 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or even 4th and 5th place winners, depending on the number of applicants, and the overall quality of work submitted.
The ARC seeks examples of paintings and sculpture rendered from life and representative of nature as reflected in figurative studies and compositions, landscapes, still lives, and portraits -- work that that seeks to capture a fully recognizable likeness of the model. Compositions rendered with the aid of projectors or copied from photographs do not represent the mission and goals of the competition. However, incorporation of impressionist techniques is acceptable, as long as such techniques reinforce the subject, or theme.
No entry fees are required. Although the scholarships are based on merit, need is also taken into consideration to a lesser degree. If you are in particular need of the funds to continue your training, please make this clear in your application.
The applicant should be intent on becoming a career artist. The scholarship is not intended for individuals who are only studying art as a hobby. ARC reserves the right to disburse funds in whole or in part after evaluation of the merits of applicant entries as exhibited by their work and proof of enrollment at an atelier, academy, studio-school or program approved by ARC. Please check with Kara Lysandra Ross, the Chief Operating Officer, to determine if the program or apprenticeship in which you are currently enrolled, or wish to enroll, qualifies for this competition.
The decision of the Judges shall be final. ARC reserves the right of sole discretion to withhold awards if, in its judgment, the work submitted fails to comply with the standards as noted herein.
Awardees must use scholarship funds to further his/her art education, i.e. tuition and art materials. Scholarship funds must be used at ARC Approved™ institutions who teach proper methods of training. In all cases, funds will be paid directly to the studio or institutions where the winners will be working. ARC reserves the right to make recommendations regarding the disbursement of funds, or to request that the use of scholarship funds be monitored by a representative of the faculty or staff of the institution where the student is enrolled. Scholarship winners must claim their award within one year of the time it is awarded. This is done by enrolling in the ARC Approved™ course(s) he/she desires and having the bill sent from the school on his/her behalf to The Art Renewal Center as proof of enrollment. ARC will then pay the bill on the student's behalf up to the sum of the award amount.
This competition is not open to students inspired by abstract, conceptualist, neo-conceptual or non-traditional forms of constructions. Also excluded are examples of commercial design arts such as fashion and interior design, crafts, architecture, collage, photography, computer graphics and animation, commercial illustration or related genres. It is the determination of the Board of Trustees that illustration clearly can rise to the level of fine art; therefore example illustrative works will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Incomplete applications will not be submitted to the judges for evaluation.
Announcement of the awards will be made by email shortly after a decision has been made. The names of winners will be announced and an example of their work will also be published on the ARC Website.
Suggested Entries: Portraits rendered from life, landscapes, still lifes, paintings from life, drawings or paintings from the figure (nude), cast studies in charcoal or grisaille palette, or completed thematic works.
Painting and sculpture students who meet the above-noted criteria and who wish to be considered for this scholarship competition should download the application and complete it in its entirety. [ Download Student Scholarship Application in MSWord or PDF format. ]
10 to 15 Images
ARC's panel of judges is located all over the world, making it necessary to evaluate applications via the Internet. Therefore, students who wish to apply are asked to send not less than 10 and not more than 15 images in a JPEG format of their best work (see above for special considerations). Images should be as near 800 X 1200 as possible, and emailed as an attached file. [ email@example.com ]
3 Letters of Recommendation
A minimum of 3 letters of recommendation is required. One recommendation must be from a current art instructor; preferably the master painter or sculptor with whom you are currently studying, or under whom you will be studying during the 2014/2015 academic year.
Letters of recommendation must include the following:
If ARC is not familiar with an instructor or educational institution, a letter of personal introduction accompanied by a school brochure (if available), a biography and images of the instructor's work will be requested before a final decision is rendered.
Biography or CV
Students must include a biography or CV, including information regarding your education to date, a list of any honors and awards received, and/or exhibitions in which you have participated. Also, please include any instructional experience and a list of additional references if possible. Bios should be sent via email as an attached file.
A 250-word essay: My Long-term Educational and Career Goals. Essays should be sent via email as an attached file.
Applications must be sent by end of day on May 31, 2014 in order to qualify for consideration for scholarships awarded during the Fall 2014 or Spring 2015 term. Again, No applications will be accepted if they are postmarked after May 31, 2014.
Should you have any questions regarding this competition, please contact the ARC Chief Operating Officer, Kara Lysandra Ross.