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To better accomplish our mission and return realism and skill based training back to the visual arts, we have started to ally ourselves with like minded organizations in the hopes that through our joint efforts, we will be more successful at bringing realist art back to the world at large. ARC has not reviewed every artist participating in the below organizations, but we have reviewed the mission and general quality and are in support of their groups and goals.

In addition to the below, all of our approved atelier schools are part of our allied organizations. To view a list of our ARC Approved™ Ateliers, click here.


The Atlantic Poetry Guild exists to help revive the significance of traditional poetry in our culture. They conduct public readings of the great poets, to restore their work to the cultural centrality it deserves. They host a series of professional development seminars for teachers of English and Language Arts, to offer guidance on how to present these masterpieces in the classroom, and maintain a weblog, The Quarterdeck, where they present thoughts and reflections on poetry, teaching, and the great works.

Poetry is a necessity - this is their deepest conviction. They believe the unique beauty and wisdom which poetry has to offer is essential to the cultural health of any society. This is why they regard the neglect of the poetic tradition in our times as a great tragedy. Modern society has left no room in its culture for classic poets like Herbert or Keats or Housman, whose works appear to far too many of our contemporaries like alien or irrelevant artifacts of a time long past. As a result, the art form itself has been pushed ever farther into the margins of artistic and intellectual life. Contemporary poetry too often comes across as strange and esoteric, confirming the public's conception of poetry as an art form produced for the consumption of a small, fringe audience. Their goal is to remedy this situation, by restoring the classic tradition of poetry and bringing the masterpieces of the past back into cultural awareness. By presenting these great works to the public, in a variety of forums, they hope to revive the love and admiration which these poems have evoked in the past, and to demonstrate how vital their words continue to be.

Although the Atlantic Poetry Guild focuses on poetry versus the visual arts, their core beliefs are in line with the ARC philosophy. "Nothing is so important to the spiritual and mental flourishing of a people as its art. The stories they tell, the buildings they inhabit, the public spaces in which they gather, the songs they sing, the fashioned images they gaze upon, these things shape their souls more permanently and effectively than anything else." - Mark Anthony Signorelli, Atlantic Poetry Guild founder

Visit their website at for more information and a full list of scheduled poetry readings.

The California Art Club, established in 1909, is one of the oldest, largest and most active fine art organizations in America. Its founding members were a handful of professional artists who migrated to Los Angeles from the Midwest and East Coast, drawn to the Golden State's natural beauty and year-round sunshine. With conditions that were ideal for outdoor painting, these pioneering artists gave birth to the first artistic movement to be defined as uniquely Californian - "California Impressionism."

Today, as a dynamic nonprofit educational organization with more than 2,500 members around the world and nine chapters in California, the Club strives to expand the knowledge and appreciation of traditional fine arts. The mission of the Club is to promote the traditional fine arts in the fields of painting, drawing and sculpture and to provide educational programs and exhibitions that foster understanding and interpretation of traditional art heritage and California history.

Through its extensive schedule of exhibitions and educational programs, as well as the award-winning California Art Club Newsletter, CAC supports a network of contemporary-traditional artists and provides opportunities for art enthusiasts, patrons, scholars and students to interact with these artists in order to better understand the creative process.

The Club's hallmark event - the Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition - is presented each spring. Other activities include "Paint-Out/Sculpt/Outs," Master Artist Workshops, mentoring programs, demonstrations, and lectures on topics ranging from art marketing to collecting.

To learn more about the California Art Club's activities and the benefits of membership, visit .

CSOPA, a (501 (c) 3) nonprofit arts education organization, serves local artists and patrons in and around Connecticut. Their mission is to promote the classic art of portraiture through symposia, workshops and exhibitions.

Founded in 2002, CSOPA has grown to approximately one hundred active members from the established professional to the promising student. CSOPA's distinguished advisory board led by Robert Alexander Anderson and John Howard Sanden, includes Igor Babailov, Laurel Stern Boeck, Michael Del Priore, Mary Minifie, and Richard Whitney.

The making of art is often a solitary event. CSOPA members enjoy camaraderie, support and opportunity through a variety of events and offerings. Monthly "Meet 'n Critiques," hosted throughout the state, offer valuable resources by building community, involving membership in the organization's work, and providing a format for caring artists' critiques. CSOPA Founder and President Jeanine C. Jackson explains, "Collectively, we have hundreds of years of training in the best ateliers. These critique sessions elevate everyone's portraits."

CSOPA mounts a number of exhibitions and educational opportunities each year, some exclusively for their membership and others open to the public. "Faces of Winter" is the trademark biennial open juried exhibition featuring 70+ selected works on public view plus a 2-day portrait symposium that brings together outstanding faculty and portrait artists from around the country. CSOPA Showcases are less formal, member-only exhibitions arranged in Connecticut galleries, retail stores, government centers, and other public spaces. Intensive workshops with leading portrait artists, demonstrations, and presentations by members with particular expertise are offered throughout the year. CSOPA partners with major museums such as The Wadsworth Atheneum and the Hispanic Society of New York for copyist sessions and public demonstrations.

Taking full advantage of the connected age in which we live, is a repository of all information regarding their organization, including links to bio, contact information and samples of work for each of their member artists. is an internal platform serving CSOPA members only - a true portrait family.

The Da Vinci Initiative, part of a 501C3, nonprofit, educational foundation, is a mission for visual literacy in our contemporary world. The goal of this project is to provide skill-based learning in art education in order to deepen the understanding and applications of the visual language that surrounds us. The Da Vinci Initiative believes that art can be taught and that teaching skills enhances student creativity. Teaching realist based art skills such as those implemented by Da Vinci and Michelangelo not only aligns with current educational research that other subjects currently embrace, but it also enhances the number of choices students can make when creating their own work. Like teaching rhythm, tempo, and scales in music class so that a student has many tools to express themselves through music, so too is there a need for a skill-based education in the visual arts. By learning solid draftsmanship, color theory, paint handling skills, perspective, etc. students can expand their own toolbox for visual expression. The Da Vinci Initiative's aim is to enhance visual literacy for both teachers and students with the following programs:

Classroom Resources

The Da Vinci Initiative is developing a series of educational videos and K-12 lesson plans. These lesson plans intend to both train teachers who may be unfamiliar with certain technical art skills, and provide a direct learning experience for K-12 students in art classrooms. These resources will be made available online for homeschooling parents as well as adults interested in learning skill-based art methods and techniques.


The Da Vinci Initiative will send ambassadors to teacher conferences to share with teachers about skill-based learning methods and expose them to lesson plans that will challenge their students in new ways.

Professional Development

The Da Vinci Initiative will provide scholarship funds to teachers to attend courses that will teach them the advanced technical art skills they may not have had an opportunity to learn during their teacher training.

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The European Museum of Modern Art - MEAM exhibits some of the finest contemporary figurative art. It is owned by The Foundation of Arts and Artists and the purpose is to promote and diffuse figurative art of the 20th and 21st centuries. The Foundation's claim is to find a new contemporary language without denying tradition by progressing into the new century. Moreover, the Foundation of Arts and Artists, organizes each year the Figurativas Painting and Sculpture Awards, and with the website Figurativas en Red () opens a window with the artworks of the contemporary figurative artists.

The MEAM is currently located at the Gomis Palace, in the middle of the streets of the Born in Barcelona, a neighborhood where culture is always present and reflects the charm of the old part of the city, an area that knew how to mix tradition and modernity, becoming a requiered visit for the tourists interested in the Monumental Barcelona.

The MEAM is different from other contemporary art museums because it houses living artists who created figurative art. These artworks are hardly seen in other museums, to whom the word contemporary is identified by experiment and abstraction.


by David Kassan

The Fallen Angel

by Arantzazu Martinez

Chica con pecas

by Enrique Collar

Fine Art Connoisseur serves art collectors and enthusiasts with innovative articles about representational paintings, sculptures, drawings, and prints - both historical and contemporary, American and European. Over the past decade, the magazine has developed a particularly strong reputation for its editorial coverage of realism, a field of artistic excellence generally overlooked by other periodicals. Published six times per year, Fine Art Connoisseur is now a widely consulted platform for the world's most knowledgeable experts, who write articles that inform readers and give them the tools necessary to make better purchasing decisions. Fine Art Connoisseur's jargon-free text and large color illustrations are attracting an ever-growing readership passionate about high-quality art and the fascinating stories around them. In addition to artworks and artists, Fine Art Connoisseur covers the museums, galleries, fairs, auction houses, and private collections where great art is found. In all cases, the magazine seeks to avoid the "same old" stories that other periodicals cover, instead seeking out fresh material they miss or ignore.

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The Foundation of the Art and the Artists () was created in December 2005 by the architect José Manuel Infiesta who has his official residence in Barcelona.

The main purpose of the Foundation is the promotion and dissemination of realist art at all levels. They focus on the figurative, and very specifically, the art of the late nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first century, what is known as Contemporary Realist Art, the art of the modern day. The Foundation of the Art and the Artists enhance the activity in defense of art and modern culture with specific projects that have clearly predetermined, specific goals.

The Foundation was established with the aim of countering the great and exclusive protection that public authorities have with the so-called abstract art and empowered artists, figurative art automatically excluded from official initiatives.

Support for this type of modern and contemporary figurative art is channeled through two distinct pathways:

The first is the support for living artists to continue creating their works. This is done through international competitions, scholarships, sponsorships for specific artistic projects, and more.

The second is to form public collections of Contemporary Realist art in areas where this art is difficult to find, thereby exposing it to the general public. This is done by giving body to stable collections in order to generate a museum or museums of this nature.

La Perla

by Jose Carlos Naranjo Bernal

Obsesiones de Van Dyk

by Kike Meana

In Memorian

by Dino Valls

The Guild of Boston Artists is a non-profit association of painters and sculptors whose purpose is to promote, nurture and encourage traditional art adhering to the highest standards of quality and presentation. Since its founding in 1914, the Guild has sought to provide a center for the interchange of ideas between artists and the community.

The Boston School Tradition

Many of the charter members of the Guild were leaders in what came to be known as the "Boston School" of Painting. Edmund Tarbell, its nominal head, directed the Museum School in Boston. He, along with Philip Hale, Frank Benson and, eventually William Paxton in their capacities as instructors but primarily with their work crystallized the thinking we now associate with the "Boston School" and, of course, with the Guild itself. Before long the painter, Joseph DeCamp, another premier practitioner of the "Boston School" mindset also joined the Guild.

To quote R. H. Ives Gammel, one of the last artists educated under these men and one-time President of the Guild, the "Boston School" was "fascinated by manifestations of beauty to be found in the world immediately about them, a beauty which they discovered in the routine of daily existence at home and on the street, in the landscape outside of their doors, or in the objects which lay on the tables of their parlors and intense preoccupation with workmanship, the observation, rendering and execution which are the principle elements of the painters art...(and) an awareness of delicate relationships and color shifts," resulting from the impressionist experiments.

Educational Programs

The Guild's mission was ultimately to bring public awareness to the values of the 'Boston School' which of course are intimately linked with the arts of all times and places. The Guild strives to offer opportunities for the community to learn about the craft of painting and sculpture directly from their members. To that end they hold classes, workshops, and demonstrations at their Newbury Street location, in the field and, at times, in the studios of artist members.


And of course, the Guild hosts multiple painting exhibitions each year primarily featuring the distinguished work of the professional artist members. The upper gallery features ongoing displays in varying genres and mediums, while the President's Gallery, which has a distinctive natural light ideal for viewing traditional painting, hosts solo and themed exhibits. From time to time the Guild also holds historical exhibits and juried competitions such as the works of A. Lassell Ripley or Frank Millet.

A Bucketful of Light

by Jean Lightman

Waiting for Spring

by Stapleton Kearns

Like ARC, IGOR was founded with promoting contemporary artists who paint realistically using traditional painting techniques. It was founded in 2002 by professional artists from around the globe with four goals in mind:

  • 1. Recognizing the best realists working today
  • 2. Creating exhibition opportunities
  • 3. Providing technical and promotional support
  • 4. To offer a bridge between art collectors and the highest quality realist art, created by their members

To this end, The International Guild of Realism's mission is to advance realism in fine art through museum exhibitions, art gallery shows, workshops, education programs, marketing support and Internet exposure. The art accepted into their group ranges from classical realism (based upon the traditional, academic-style painting techniques) to contemporary realism (where cutting edge realism and subject matter are used to comment on today's world).

Trompe l'oeil, photorealism, surrealism, and super-realism are some of the genres included within the range of realism choices for artists of the modern day.

The International Guild of Realism currently represents around 280 artists hailing from 35 countries around the world.

To help facilitate their goals, IGOR holds an annual juried international exhibition for their members. This year it will be held at the prestigious Jones & Terwilliger Galleries in the heart of the Carmel art district, California, USA. The gallery is centrally located among many quality art galleries, luxury shops and fine dining, attracting plenty of affluent visitors during the peak summer season, only two hours away from San Francisco.

Exhibition Dates: August 26 - September 17, 2016


by David Bowers

Never Quite Erased

by Juan Medina

Strike a Pose

by Camille Engel

IX Arts is dedicated to the promotion, recognition, and elevation of imaginative realism. As the organization behind the IX celebration of imaginative realism, the curation of the record-breaking AT THE EDGE: ART OF THE FANTASTIC exhibition at the Allentown Art Museum in the summer of 2012, the Visions of Never anthology and other book publications, as well as the IX Exchange website and upcoming IX Gallery, IX Arts strives to bring a broad range of approaches to bear in its efforts to increase both popular awareness and critical recognition of imaginative realism.

The IX celebration is the first, ground-breaking art show and symposium dedicated solely to imaginative realism, bringing artists, students, collectors, and art fans together for an annual gathering intended to inspire and create further awareness and zeal for imaginative realism and all that's encompassed in the realm of the fantastic. Beginning with the October 2016 event, the IX celebration will take place at the GoggleWorks Center for the Arts and the DoubleTree Hotel and Convention Center in Reading, PA.

Sands of Gorgoroth

by Mark Zug

The Sacrifice

by Patrick Jones


by Michael C. Hayes

Elf Princess

by Justin Sweet

An Alliance of Exceptional Artists

Showcasing Outstanding Works of Art in Oil and Acrylic Media

With a focus on the emerging artist, the National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society (NOAPS) encourages the development of excellence in art through its annual "Best of America" juried competition and exhibit as well as through its other activities that include art workshops, instruction, online exhibits and public art education. Founded in 1991, NOAPS continues to experience steady growth, garnering national and international favor with fine art connoisseurs, collectors and the general public. NOAPS and its members strive to share their knowledge, promote artistic excellence and offer a continued focus on the lasting value of original Oil and Acrylic Paintings with an emphasis on representational depiction.

To learn more about the National Oil and Acrylic Society's activities, memberships and programs, please visit .

Red and White

by Cheng Lian

At The Temple

by Cindy Sorley-Keichinger

Oil Painters of America (OPA) is dedicated to preserving and promoting excellence in representational art. Their primary mission is to advance the cause of traditional, representational fine art by drawing attention to the lasting value of fine drawing, color, composition and the appreciation of light.

Through their national and regional shows, educational programs, scholarships and marketing efforts, OPA has become a leader in the art community and a driving force in the new Renaissance.

Founded in 1991 by Shirl Smithson, the OPA became a voice for renewed understanding and appreciation of representational art. While OPA had no quarrel with abstract art, members were witnesses to the undeniable fact that America's great art museums were almost totally lacking in the presentation of contemporary great masters of representational oil painting and that the curricula in American educational facilities rarely taught representational oil painting.

Though there have been many national watercolor and pastel societies, OPA is the first national organization to be established for the sole purpose of representing traditional, representational oil painters. OPA membership currently stands at 3,400 artists. The principal reason behind the swelling of the ranks of this national organization is the strong commitment OPA has towards preventing a further decline of this beautiful form of art.

OPA believes that members have made great strides in giving renaissance or rebirth to this great craft, and now see on the horizon the return of interest in its instruction and teaching.

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PleinAir™ magazine was a favorite magazine of artists, collectors, dealers, and suppliers when it was published from 2004-2006. The quarterly print and digital journal is back by popular demand from the international community of people who love artwork based on direct observations of nature. The French term en plein air means "in the open air," but it's come to represent the art of painting outdoors on location. Though plein air painting has been practiced for generations by artists such as Rembrandt, John Constable, Claude Lorrain, Thomas Gainsborough, and others it was popularized by the French Barbizon School (1830-1870), a movement of painters named after the village of Barbizon, near Fountainbleau Forrest, where artists like Jean-Francois Millet, Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot, Theodore Roysseau, Charles-Francois Daubigny, Jules Dupre, and others gathered to paint.

PleinAir™ magazine publishes articles that are filled with practical advice on materials and techniques, buying or selling artwork, discovering great painters, attending upcoming events & exhibitions, and joining others who share our passion. So what's in the new PleinAir™ magazine for you? The kind of beautiful images and practical advice that will make you a better painter, an astute collector, a successful supplier, an admired teacher, or an informed competitor. Make sure you and your friends are part of this dynamic community of people who love artwork based on direct observations of nature.

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In addition to the printed word, in April 2012, PleinAir™ magazine made history with the first convention devoted to painting en plein air, and the largest gathering of artists painting in one outdoor location simultaneously. They are doing it again, and the 2013 event promises to be bigger and even better. The 2013 Plein Air Convention is being held at the Monterey Convention Center, within walking distance of Fisherman's Wharf.

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The Sculptor's Funeral is the only podcast dedicated to student and professional figurative sculptors living and working today. Hosted by American sculptor Jason Arkles and produced in Florence, Italy, The Sculptor's Funeral discusses significant sculpture and sculptors throughout the Western European figurative tradition, analyses historical and current events relating to the production of sculpture and the culture in which it is made, plus the occasional interview with living sculptors and discussions about technical processes, techniques, and issues of a three dimensional, representational nature.

The Sculptor's Funeral aims to enlarge the presence of sculptors in the milieu of the resurgent figurative arts movement, a milieu dominated for the moment by painters and painting. Figurative sculpture in marble, bronze or wood is challenging in ways painting isn't - greater physical demands, greater expense, a more specialized market, to name a few - which has historically resulted in fewer sculptors. There are few ateliers which offer a full program of sculpture education, and almost none with a primary focus on sculpture. The Sculptor's Funeral Podcast aims to educate, unite, and inspire sculptors to regain the higher values and standards sculpture once enjoyed. In addition to the podcast itself, The Sculptor's Funeral provides a place for sculptors from all over the world to share information and exchange ideas, via the Facebook group page The Sculptor's Funeral.

Jason Arkles is the Host of The Sculptor's Funeral Podcast in addition to running his atelier in Florence, the Studio Della Statua. Jason instructs in small groups or private lessons in his studio, and works on commission for public and private clients worldwide. In addition, Jason is a popular lecturer in Florence, having given lectures on sculpture and art history at the Charles H. Cecil Studio, the Florence Academy of Art, the Angel Academy, and elsewhere. He currently is a part of the History of Art Department at the British Institute of Florence. His published works include an English translation of Leon Battista Alberti's Della Statua, and the only sculpture manual on the sight-size technique in sculpture, Sculpting from Life: A Studio Manual of the Sight-Size Method.

The Society of Animal Artists was formed in 1960 by Patricia Allen Bott and Guido Borghi following a successful exhibition at the Bronx Zoo titled, appropriately, 'Animals in the Bronx Zoo'. Following incorporation, the organization quickly became a member of the prestigious Salmagundi Club at 47 5th Avenue, and established an office in their building. Very early members included John Clymer, Anna Hyatt Huntington, Robert Lougheed, and Walter Wilwerding.

It is the mission of the Society of Animal Artists to promote excellence in the portrayal of domesticated and wild animals in art. While the majority of our members support both humane and conservation causes with their work, the SAA is itself more dedicated to encouraging artists to strive for mastery of their art medium and educating the public to the fact that animal art can truly be considered Fine Art. This mission is supported by our annual exhibition, 'Art and the Animal', which opens each year at a fine museum somewhere in the country...and is followed by a tour of approximately one half of the works to three additional museums during the next nine months. A full color catalog of this exhibition is produced each year and is available for purchase at all venues and through the SAA office. In addition, our opening exhibition is often complimented by demonstrations, seminars, and lectures by the members.

Membership in the SAA is available through a jury process, conducted twice a year, during which images of applicants" work are reviewed by a jury of nine Signature members. The current membership of the SAA numbers approximately five hundred individuals residing in the United States, Africa, Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe, Japan, New Zealand, and South America. Virtually all fine art mediums are represented, and our members continually push the boundaries of the genre of "animal art" with interesting interpretations of the subject matter and creative composition and use of media. The membership list of the SAA reads like a 'Who"s Who' from the world of animal art, including Robert Bateman, Guy Coheleach, John Banovich, Peter Gray, and Kent Ullberg. Former members included the great Roger Tory Peterson, Robert Kuhn, Simon Combes, Lanford Monroe, and Richard Sloan among so many others.

To learn more about the SAA and its members, visit

Out From Under

by Jeff Gandert

Almost Home

by Gary Staab

Streamline Art Video is a division of Streamline Publishing, Inc., which publishes Fine Art Connoisseur & PleinAir Magazines. The division was founded on the premise that art education is the foundation necessary for all artists and video is a convenient tool for those who cannot take the time to attend art school or workshops. Streamline felt it could improve on the quality of production of art instructional videos, giving videos the same quality aesthetics the magazines are known for; good design and quality content. Streamline sought out a video team with experience on major motion pictures in Hollywood, as well as experience as an artist and understanding art, with an end result of more focused, quality productions with strong appeal to those learning art. The division has produced numerous videos featuring ARC masters and also provides the annual ARC video prize to the Best in Show winner of the ARC International Salon competition. This video features the artist's technique (demonstration) plus interviews with ARC Founder Fred Ross, a tour of the Ross Collection, a review of the year's top winning paintings and more. Streamline offers a variety of videos in figurative, portrait, plein air/landscape painting.

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Suggested Donation is a series of podcasts devoted to the arts in all forms. Hosted by two Contemporary Realist painters, Tony Curanaj and Edward Minoff, the conversations provide an insight into the creative mind. By speaking with both traditional and non-traditional artists and craftsmen, curators and restorers, they create a dialog through which we discover common ground across disciplines and spaces united by a love of and deep devotion to skill.

Their guests will range from curators to chefs, tattoo to graffiti artists. As many of these craftspeople frequently use painting as a metaphor for excellence in their own sphere, their conversations will explore this link in the interest of restoring a broader devotion to skill in the arts. Why not stand on the shoulders of a great genius like Rubens or Leonardo Da Vinci? Why reject the foundation that they built? Suggested Donation's aim is to alter the very landscape of the contemporary art world one conversation at a time, including discussions with other contemporary artists who place a lesser value on technical skill, even outsourcing the production of their art, to explore the foundations of this phenomenon with open debate and discussion. In their talks with artists in the Contemporary Realist vein, they will delve into the fine distinctions that define each of us as individuals and promote connoisseurship amongst their listeners.

To visit there website and listen to their already published podcasts, which include interviews with ARC Living Masters Anthony Waichulis, Jacob Collins, and Patricia Watwood, click here.

The International Arts & Culture Group (TIAC) is a community of professionals devoted to the arts. We champion, develop and invest in artistic and cultural programs that create and enrich artistic careers and educational opportunities.

Our Team

We are a group of people from of a variety of nationalities and cultures, who are Painters, Sculptors, Designers, Architects, Performance Artists, Musicians, Photographers, Producers, and others. Together, we are making a difference to the lives of those making the brave choice of following their passion and dedicating their career to the Arts.


Our team is spread across the globe, with key teams in China and Italy, but others work with us from Australia, Hong Kong, Spain, and the United States.

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Lightness of Being (No. 2)

by Cai Jie

The Flower Grower

by Zhang Hong

Silent and Light

by Lai Yuan

The idea for planning The Representational Art Conference was born shortly after the opening of an exhibit at CLU - "The New Romantic Figure" showing works by prominent California figurative artists Michael Lynn Adams, Peter Adams, Jeremy Lipking, Cyn McCurry, Michael Pearce, Alexey Steele, Mia Tavonatti - which was extremely well received by the public, faculty and students of the University. Reflecting upon the depth of affection for the work, its democratic appeal and interested in learning about the place of 21st Century figurative painting in current academic discourse, Pearce found that there was a lack of attention to the work of traditionally trained artists in the 21st Century. Accordingly he asked his colleague Michael Adams to help him put together a conference, to create a place for discussion of the philosophy and practice of artists involved in the universities, colleges, ateliers and private studios where the techniques of the old masters are still taught and used in the present day. The CLU administration led by President Chris Kimball enthusiastically endorsed the idea, providing underwriting for the conference.

The Representational Art Conference 2015 (TRAC2015) is the premier international art conference focused on the philosophical underpinnings of representational art in the 21st Century. This year TRAC will explore the roots and principles of representation as they emerge after postmodernity. What are its guiding principles? Are there aesthetic themes that connect works of representational art?

TRAC provides a platform for discussion. It does not aspire to establishing a single monolithic aesthetic for representational art, but to identify commonalities, to help to understand the unique possibilities of representational art, and perhaps provide some illumination about future directions.

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Self Portrait with Two Mirrors

by Virgil Elliot

All Saints

by John Nava

Antique Bottle

by Sadie Valeri