Posts for May, 2019

May 2019

Thank You To Studio Incamminati

Published on May 31, 2019

Thank you to Studio Incamminati for sponsoring the Drawing Category in the 14th International ARC Salon.

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.

If you are interested in sponsoring a category in the ARC Salon, please contact

ModPortrait 2018

Published on May 31, 2019

Artelibre gallery and MEAM Museum are exhibiting the 6th edition of the ModPortrait 2018 international competition, organised by the virtual gallery Artelibre. ModPortrait is the first international figurative painting contest devoted exclusively to the portrait and one of the most outstanding works of contemporary art. Artists from 20 countries participated in the event.  
The opening ceremony takes place on Friday May 31st at 8 pm. The exhibition will run until July 28, 2019 at the MEAM, Barra de Ferro, 5, Barcelona 08003 Spain.

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Biblical Stories

Published on May 30, 2019

The ARC Approved Florence Classical Arts Academy is holding an exhibition of biblical themed paintings created by their students. The exhibition also celebrates 10 years of the Academy.
The exhibition takes place on Friday, June 7, 2019 at 6 pm at the FCAA gallery in via Giuseppe Galliano 78, Florence, Italy. Admission is free.
For more information, please click here
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Full Palette

Published on May 30, 2019

Full Palette is a fundraising exhibition of over 50 beautifully painted palettes to benefit ARC Approved Florence Academy of Art U.S. 100% of the proceeds from this exhibition will go towards scholarships funds for students in need, and to build the best possible studio arts environment through the continued development of our free public programming such as exhibitions, lectures artists demonstrations and much more.
The exhibition runs from June 3 - June 21, 2019 at the Florence Academy of Art US, 888 Newark Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07306.
For more information, click here.  
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The American Pre-Raphaelites: Radical Realists

Published on May 24, 2019

In celebration of the 200th anniversary of the birth of John Ruskin, the most influential art critic of the Victorian era, more than 90 paintings, watercolors, and drawings created by American artists who were profoundly influenced by Ruskin’s call for a revolutionary change in the practice of art will be on display. The exhibition includes a number of recently discovered works never before exhibited publicly. New research, included in the exhibition catalog, reveals that many of the artists sought reform not only in the practice of art, but also in the broader political arena—most were abolitionists deeply engaged in the fight against slavery. Coded references to the Civil War are present in a number of exquisitely detailed landscape paintings that do not appear—at first glance—to carry symbolic meaning. 

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Eighteenth-Century Pastel Portraits

Published on May 24, 2019

Pastels—dry, satiny colors, manufactured in sticks of every hue—enjoyed a surge in popularity during the eighteenth century, becoming, for a time, the medium of choice for European portraiture. Unlike oil paints, which required laborious studio procedures and long sittings and drying times, pastels were portable and allowed speedy execution—the chance, essentially, to “draw” a painting. This display of pastels, drawn mostly from the Getty's permanent collection, explores the specific physical properties that made this medium so appealing to eighteenth-century portraitists and their patrons.

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Thank you to BoldBrush

Published on May 22, 2019

Thank you to BoldBrush for sponsoring the Figurative Category in the 14th International ARC Salon.

BoldBrush is a free online art guild for visual artists. They offer a free daily member newsletter, Fine Art Views, which provides information on art, marketing and mastery. Turbocharge your art marketing with free daily ideas from professional artists, gallery owners, and art professionals. They also sponsor the monthly BoldBrush Painting Competition. The BoldBrush Painting Competition offers monthly award packages valued over $25,000. The top awards include $1,000 cash in the award package.

Lastly, their flagship product, FASO Artist Websites, hosts the websites for today's finest painters. By working closely with master artists such as Jeremy Lipking, John Buxton, Joseph McGurl, Tony Pro, Sergio Roffo, Jeffrey Watts, and Tina Garrett, they have developed beautiful, easy and functional websites and have become the leading provider of professional artist websites. All the sites include marketing features and built-in promotion of workshops and classes to our nearly 70,000 members. They offer a special FASO discounted signup rate for artists who are ARC members.

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Studio Incamminati Art in the Kasbah

Published on May 21, 2019

ARC ApprovedSM Studio Incamminati, School for Contemporary Realist Art, celebrates 17 years of creating art and artists with a gala celebration in an artfully eclectic setting.

Enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while exploring the dramatic space of Material Culture, a centrally located art, antiques, and handcrafts bazaar. Occupying the former train station of the landmark Atwater Kent Radio Factory built in 1920, Material Culture offers many fascinating galleries filled with intriguing artwork, authentic decorative arts, and architectural elements from around the globe.

Attendees can bid on unique live and silent auction items and enjoy an elegant and sumptuous dinner prepared in-house by the James Beard award-winning Chef Aliza Green.

-Event has been postponed - 


Rembrandt Portraits

Published on May 17, 2019

The Art Institute of Chicago is holding an exhibition of Rembrandt portraits.  Rembrandt added new dimensions to the genre, constructing identities through props, lighting, and ambiguous settings. The exhibition looks at Rembrandt’s approach to portraiture, which is more complex than it seems.

Rembrandt Portraits will be on view from March 3–June 9, 2019 at the Art Institute of Chicago, 111 South Michigan Avenue , Chicago, IL 60603.

For more information, click here.

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The Atelier 2019 Full Time Student Show

Published on May 16, 2019

The ARC Approved Atelier Studio Program of Fine Art is holding their annual Full Time Student Show. This year the theme is "Work in Progress, an Educational Experience" and celebrates the achievements of the Full-Time Program students while giving a look into the process of The Atelier training in picture making.

Enjoy light refreshments and enjoy Artists for The Atelier, the Atelier instructor art show and fundraising sale. This year there are many new works to see.

The show runs from May 17- 19, 2019 at The Atelier, 1621 East Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55414. 

For more information, please click here

New ARC Approved Atelier

Published on May 14, 2019

ARC is pleased to welcome the Kline Academy of Fine Art as our newest ARC ApprovedSM Atelier!

Cheryl Kline started the Kline Academy in 2007 to give anyone who seeks a better art education an opportunity to learn historic painting techniques brush stroke by brush stroke. She understands an artist's frustration at having a great idea but not being able to execute it with polish and panache. Her motto is that "your frustration ends at our front door." Students come from a diverse background of careers, all ages and all skill levels from absolute beginner to master artists. The only requirement for students is the desire and the passion to make art that is highly crafted. The staff are all exceptional and professional working artists who are skilled at teaching and nurturing their students growth.

To learn more, please click here.

The 20th ARC Salon Scholarship Competition

Published on May 13, 2019

This year, we are holding our 20th ARC Scholarship Competition. 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™ atelier schools, we know that 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. 

Entries will be accepted from May 1st - May 31st, 2019.

To learn more and to enter, click here:

Image :
2018 Scholarship Second Place Winner
Traveller's Desk by Lyubena Fox

ARC Salon Finalists Announced

Published on May 10, 2019

We are very pleased to announce the finalists of the 14th International ARC Salon Competition!

This year we received over 4,300 entries from 73 countries. Approximately 35% of the works submitted have qualified as finalists, about 1,500 works!

If you did not qualify as a finalist in this year's salon, please do not be discouraged! It is not uncommon for an artist to be juried in as a finalist in some years and not in others. It all depends on what the adjudication scores are by category and the specific works being entered. We rotate and add new jurors every year and every year we receive a new selection of entries. Most of the works that were entered were good to great, so well done to all and we hope to see everyone participate again in next year's competition.

We wish to congratulate all of our finalists in the 14th International ARC Salon Competition for their accomplishment.

To see a full list of the finalists, please click here

A Noble Pursuit: The Majestic Landscapes of Ken Salaz

Published on May 10, 2019

In June, Rehs Contemporary will present "A Noble Pursuit: The Majestic Landscapes of Ken Salaz" while celebrating the successful release of his book, "Landscapes in Oil", a comprehensive guide to classical landscape painting. Salaz, author and painter, assembled a who’s who of today’s finest artists to accompany him on his mission to elevate the genre of contemporary landscape painting, while bringing awareness to a cause which has always been deeply engrained within him – the preservation of our environment.

"A Noble Pursuit" opens to the public on June 8th, 2019 at Rehs Contemporary, 5 East 57th Street, 8th Floor, NY, NY 10022 with an opening reception from 1-6PM. The exhibit will remain on view through June 28th, 2019. 

"Landscapes in Oil" has been a number one best seller on Amazon since it's release.  

To learn more about the book, please click here

LARA Summer Scholarship Competition

Published on May 9, 2019

ARC Approved London Atelier of Representational Art (LARA) is delighted to announce their Summer Scholarship Competition 2019! LARA London and LARA Bristol will both host one first prize winner for the full two weeks of Summer School (1st-12th July 2019, worth £845). In addition, one runner up will be hosted for one week of the Summer School (subject to availability, worth £435). Over the course of two weeks, summer school students will be taught the essentials of cast drawing, figure drawing and painting, spending ten full days in the studios with 60 hours of contact time with LARA tutors. Deadline for applications: May 20th, 2019 at midday.

To learn more about this competition, please click here


(Artwork by Edith Dormandy)

Thank you to The Florence Academy of Art

Published on May 9, 2019

Thank you to the Florence Academy of art for sponsoring the Fully From Life Category in the 14th International ARC Salon Competition. 

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 by Rembrandt, 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. With three locations in the US and Europe, it encourages its students to take the opportunity to study in Florence, Sweden or New York.

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Florence Classical Arts Academy Diploma in Visual Arts

Published on May 8, 2019

Students who successfully accomplish the Three-Year Diploma Program at the ARC Approved Florence Classical Arts Academy are awarded a private institutional diploma in Visual Arts of European Standards. This course is intensive and highly customized with sequences of progressive learning, where the student receives applied knowledge training in small student groups.
The course is suitable for people with the minimum of initial preparation since it is designed to take a student from zero to a hundred, providing the knowledge, technique and development of personal artists style combined with refinement in artistic taste.
During the course of three years, the students build the strongest portfolio which enables them to choose from a variety of career options such as illustration, animation, design, drawing in architecture, portrait painting, fashion designer, draftsman, and many other careers paths in the world of Visual Arts. ​

To learn more about this program, please click here.

Full Palette

Published on May 7, 2019

Full Palette is a fundraising exhibition for ARC Approved Florence Academy of Art, US.

Artwork will be created on palettes by faculty, alumni, students and friends of the school. 100% of the proceeds will go towards scholarship funds to support FAA's students.

The fundraiser takes place on May 29, 2019 from 6-8 pm at the Salmagundi Club 47 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10003.  The show will then travel to the FAA gallery space from June 3-21, 2019 at The Florence Academy of Art US, 888 Newark Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07306, US.

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New ARC Approved Atelier

Published on May 2, 2019

ARC is pleased to welcome SCA Forma Vera as a new ARC ApprovedSM K-12 Atelier!

The SCA Forma Vera offers a strong introduction to classical drawing, painting, and sculpting within the context of a holistic, classical education. Atelier training begins in the first grade for enrolled students and continues through high school, ending in a Senior Capstone Art in the 12th grade. In every grade students participate in weekly classes in both art history and classical drawing. SCA Forma Vera believes that the enjoyment and appreciation of art is an important part of what it means to be fully human, and that classical atelier training is best way to teach this to students.

To learn more about this atelier, please click here

Lush - Paradisiac Fantasies of Julie Bell

Published on May 3, 2019

Rehs Contemporary will unveil a series of 13 new works from ARC Living Master Julie Bell at her first solo exhibition titled "Lush". The body of work put forth is a culmination of more than a year’s work and a lifetime of exploring diverse themes, both terrestrial and otherworldly.

"Lush" takes viewers on a journey inside the fantasy worlds shaped in Julie’s early compositions. When observing the work, it is apparent how Julie’s experiences have greatly influenced her aesthetic, most notably, her fantasy illustration, and her later love for western and wildlife paintings.

The exhibition runs for May 4 - 24, 2019 at the Rehs Contemporary Gallery, 5 E 57th St, 8th Floor, New York, NY 10022

For more information, click here.  

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Streams in the Wasteland

Published on May 2, 2019

ARC Associate Living Master Josh Tiessen is holding a solo show titled "Streams in the Wasteland".
Comprising over four years of painting, this series explores the theme of wild animals in abandoned spaces. By depicting animals from various geographical regions juxtaposed into abandoned human civilizations, an alternative reality is created.
The exhibition runs from May 4 - May 31, 2019 and takes place at the Johnathan Levine Project located on 150 Bay Street, 5th Floor, Jersey City, NJ 07302.

To learn more about this exhibition, please click here

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Beauty and Terror Paintings

Published on May 1, 2019

ARC Living Master™ Patricia Watwood's solo show "Beauty and Terror" will be on view at Dacia Gallery in New York City from April 30- May 17, 2019.  This new body of figurative paintings explores the human cycles of struggle, striving and transformation, and the beauty and terror experienced along the way.
The exhibition takes place at the Dacia Gallery, 53 Stanton St, New York, NY 1000. The opening reception will be on Thursday, May 2, 2019 6-9pm.
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Dilworth Artisan Station Open House

Published on May 1, 2019

ARC Living Master™ John Seibels Walker will be exhibiting his work at the annual spring open house at Dilworth Artisan Station 118 E. Kingstom Ave, Southend, Charlotte NC.  
The open house takes place on May 3 from 6-9 pm and will showcase the work of 26 artists and artisans.

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