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As the ARC Salon™ has grown to eleven categories and a live exhibition, we have decided to take on Category Sponsors to help fund our expanding competition. We thank them for their dedication to fine art and their generous donation to pay for the first, second and third place winners in their respective sponsored categories, to help the vision of an international traveling exhibition and our multi-genre competition to inspire, promote, and defend the advancement of the Representational Art Movement in the 21st century.

If you are interested in sponsoring an ARC Salon™ Category, please write to Kara Ross at kara.ross@artrenewal.org

Fully From Life

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Sponsored by The Florence Academy of Art

The Florence Academy of Art, one of the Art Renewal Center's first approved schools, has been advancing the training and techniques of classical painting and sculpture for almost 30 years. It has formed many skillful artists who are important members of the Realist Art movement of the 21st century. The Florence Academy recognizes the importance of the ARC Salon as an international showcase for classically trained artists through its online and live exhibitions. Through its sponsorship of the “Fully from Life" Category, the Florence Academy hopes to help ARC continue to cultivate the global audience of students, artists and patrons. Students who apply to The Florence Academy of Art seek the language used byRembrandt, Velasquez, Titian, and the tools to convey their ideas with confidence through the oil or clay mediums. A common visual aesthetic draws them to the classical world (and its renaissance in Florence) to build an artistic vocabulary where beauty and humanity are intrinsic to art. To accomplish this, the Florence Academy’s methodology combines intense observation with advanced craft skills. The Florence Academy of Art is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) as an undergraduate certificate program. 


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Sponsored by BoldBrush

BoldBrush makes the world's best websites, apps and marketing services for visual artists.  BoldBrush is dedicated to helping fine artists learn, grow, and succeed in a career in art. With 100,000 members in over 50 countries, BoldBrush offers learning opportunities, promotional channels, marketing tools, and a tight-knit community of supportive fellow artists to help you progress no matter what stage you are in, in your artistic journey.

BoldBrush’s flagship product is FASO, the world’s leading artist website builder and marketing platform designed specifically for fine artists. FASO powers the websites for many of the most renowned living artists, and helps streamline many important art marketing tasks to help you sell more art online.

BoldBrush also offers free monthly juried online art competitions through the BoldBrush Painting Competition, online instructional art videos through BoldBrush Video, free art marketing instructional content through FineArtViews newsletter, and advertising to a worldwide audience of collectors and fellow artists through Boldbrush Ads.

For more information, please visit us at https://boldbrush.com.


Sponsored by Studio Incamminati

For more than a decade, Studio Incamminati, School for Contemporary Realist Art, has been a leader in the growing contemporary realist art movement. Founded by the late Nelson Shanks and his wife Leona, it is now recognized nationally and internationally for its rigorous curriculum, accomplished instructors and diverse outreach efforts. An ARC Approved™ Atelier, the school is modeled on the traditional Italian academia and French atelier and committed to the belief that mastery of technique is essential to creative expression. Its innovative curriculum fuses classical traditions of the Renaissance era masters, luminous color of the Impressionists and a fresh, contemporary sensibility. Its goal is to offer an affordable education that produces highly skilled artists who call upon their training and abilities to create art with depth of purpose and to give back to their community. Its artists, faculty and alumni have been featured at prominent venues such as the National Arts Club and Philadelphia's Comcast Center. And, the school has received media coverage ranging from art-community thought leaders such as International Artist magazine and Fine Art Collector to mainstream media including the New York Times, CNN and NPR.

Even the school's name is filled with symbolism. In Italian, "Incamminati" means "moving forward" and invokes the innovative spirit of its namesake studio founded by the Renaissance artist, Annibale Carracci . Studio Incamminati, one of the few schools of its type accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, fulfills its vision in a number of ways. In addition to its core Advanced Fine Art Program, the school offers workshops open to the general public both in Philadelphia and with the In Your Town programs nationwide. Other programs serve school-age artists and art educators.

Plein Air Paintings

Sponsored by PleinAir Magazine

PleinAir Magazine is for artists and collectors who follow or participate in the exciting outdoor painting movement. America's number one art magazine (source: Barnes & Noble) focuses on the highest-quality artists who do studio and outdoor landscape, figure in landscape, architectural, floral, and other paintings. To learn more, visit www.outdoorpainter.com or subscribe at pleinairmagazine.com.

Sponsored by Plein Air Convention & Expo

This history-making event is where plein air painters gather annually to improve their abilities, connect with old and new friends, and be with their tribe as part of the massive plein air movement. It features four indoor stages with over 80 of the world's top expert painters instructing in oil, watercolor, pastel, and other mediums. The 2019 event will be held in April in San Francisco and features a giant Expo Hall of plein air-focused art materials suppliers. Learn more at pleinairconvention.com.

Imaginative Realism

Sponsored by Laguna College of Art and Design

Laguna College of Art and Design's Fine Arts department offers students a carefully crafted curriculum offering an efficient learning experience in representational drawing, painting and sculpture. LCAD is one of only a few fully accredited institutions committed to developing highly skilled representational figurative artists. Our alumni have gained acceptance into competitive graduate programs, excelled in the gallery market, gained private and public commissions, work in museum and curatorial art fields and art education.

Our program’s philosophy is grounded in classical traditions which is an integral part of what makes our department unique and is the driving force behind our student’s success. Our curriculum is designed to give students the necessary skills to accurately portray still life, figure, portrait, landscape, group figures and to address concepts and ideas of contemporary, narrative storytelling. In addition to mastering techniques, the business of art is integrated into the curriculum. Students are introduced to professional practices, marketing and presentation to prepare them for the challenges of a demanding and competitive art world.

The LCAD Drawing and Painting major offers BFA programs in Drawing and Painting, Drawing and Painting with an Emphasis in Sculpture and a Drawing and Painting Certificate.

Da Vinci Intitiative Category

Da Vinci Intitiative Category

Sponsored by Ingbretson Studio

Established in 1982 by Paul Ingbretson, the Ingbretson Studio of Drawing and Painting provides a direct link to the Nineteenth Century Boston School approach to painting, which includes instruction in direct painting, academic draughtsmanship, full color light effects, composition, and painterly craft.

Ingbretson Studio is proud to sponsor the Da Vinci Initiative category in the ARC Salon as a way to support young artists seeking quality visual arts knowledge and training. Ingbretson Studio has trained a number of high school students within its adult program through the years, and continues to open its doors to youth and adults alike who are seeking quality arts training through Full Time, Part Time, and Workshop offerings. Paul Ingbretson is author of the book Boston School Aesthetic that will be available in print next year as well as producer of a series of free online presentations on the methods and thinking of the Boston School of Painting (see bostonschoolpainting.com or online at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GbfsHeWmRAo). "Paul Ingbretson Talks about Painting," now on YouTube, is their latest ongoing effort to reach out with Paul's thinking and that of the Boston School.

Portraiture Category


Sponsored by Academy of Realist Art Boston

The Academy of Realist Art, Boston was established in the historic leather district of Boston in 2009 by Cindy MacMillan. We have grown into a cozy medium-sized academy that prides itself on providing a nurturing environment with enthusiastic instructors that care about their students while demanding the highest standards of performance from them.

We implement a curriculum that has been modeled after 19th century French Academies with refinements that reflect the modern world. Our instructors have studio space in the school and welcome having an open discourse about their own art and work experiences as a complement to their class instruction. We also offer numerous high quality workshops with in-house and outside instructors that we admire.

ARA Boston students and instructors have received scholarships from ARC and been
acknowledged with numerous awards in previous ARC Salon competitions. We understand how important this is in the development of an artist. That is why we have chosen to sponsor the portraiture awards for this year’s Salon. We wish all competitors the best of luck.

To learn more about The Academy of Realist Art, Boston visit www.ARABoston.com

Landscape Category

The Art Renewal Center dedicates this year’s top Landscape awards to the artistry and memory of Leah F. Waichulis. An award-winning artist and educator, Leah’s paintings and drawings of interiors and landscapes combined direct observation with rich memory and emotion to convey an authentic sense of place. Her works continue to be celebrated by critics and connoisseurs of this genre and have garnered much attention, both nationally and internationally, on the walls of prestigious galleries as well as the pages of respected publications such as American Artist, Artist’s Magazine, Drawing, and International Artist.

In addition to her successes at the easel, Leah had generously dedicated much of her career to improving contemporary art education. She was one of the founders of The Ani Art Academies, assisted in much of the curriculum design, and served as both instructor and technical advisor from 2011 until her untimely passing this year. It is our hope that the excellence found in the stunning displays of skill and creativity that populate this Salon category act as a  fitting tribute to a true artist that has left us far too soon.

Animal Category

American Bird Conservancy is dedicated to conserving birds and their habitats throughout the Americas. With an emphasis on achieving results and working in partnership, we take on the greatest problems facing birds today, innovating and building on rapid advancements in science to halt extinctions, protect habitats, eliminate threats, and build capacity for bird conservation. Find us on abcbirds.org, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter (@abcbirds).