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All winners, honorable mentions, and finalists will have their entries accompanied by their name displayed on the ARC website and will also be featured in the 13th International ARC Salon Catalogue. In addition, all winners and honorable mentions will receive an Award Certificate suitable for framing.

More awards to be announced!

Traveling Exhibition of Selected Works

Exhibition Dates to be Announced

Although availability for a traveling exhibition is not required for entry into the ARC Salon or for winning the top awards in the ARC Salon, we will be having a live showing of many of the winners, honorable mentions, and some finalists that will travel from New York City to the MEAM (Museum of European Art Modern), in Barcelona, Spain. The MEAM, dedicated to contemporary realism, will exhibit an approximate 75 works from the 13th International ARC International Salon at their museum. The totality of the exhibition will take place between the Fall and Spring of 2018/2019. We will also be providing an opportunity for qualifying artists to sell their works at these venues if the artist chooses to make them available for sale.

Video of the 11th ARC Salon Exhibition at the Museum of European Art Modern in Barcelona, Spain.
Video of the 11th ARC Salon Exhibition at the Salmagundi Club, New York City, produced by ARC Living Master™, Thomas Kegler.

12th International ARC Salon Exhibition, Salmagundi Club, NYC

12th International ARC Salon Exhibition, Salmagundi Club, NYC

Best in Show: $10,000 cash

The winner will also gain automatic acceptance into the ARC Approved Artist/Living Master Gallery with exemption from the application process and the application fee. ARC Artist/Living Master Gallery space in the Museum section of the ARC's website includes the artist's biographical and contact information accompanied by 25-30 images of the artist's finest works.

The William Bouguereau Award
"Emotion, Theme, and the Figure": $3,000

This award is given to a work that focuses on Emotion, Theme, and the Figure and is awarded by ARC Chairman, Fred Ross. In recent years it has been awarded to the second highest ranked work in the show.

ARC & FWSD 2018 Award

ARC will be a partner of Fashion Week San Diego 2018 (FWSD18) who selected seven artists from the 13th International ARC Salon to take part in an exclusive opportunity with Fashion Week San Diego Designers. FWSD designers will be matched with the winning artists work and the designers will create an original couture outfit and look inspired by the work of art from the ARC Salon.

The ARC Salon winning works along with the specially designed garments will be on display with live models at the Oct. 12th FWSD18 opening night and remain on exhibition paired with the couture creations. For the opening night event, FWSD and ARC will hold a panel discussion to discuss the works and partnership. In addition, that evening guests/attendees will be able to "vote" for their favorite piece and pairing. Winners will be announced the following day and additional awards will be given to the "team"/"individual" at that time. This will be an opportunity to promote Contemporary Realism to an audience who might not have seen it otherwise and to expose the Realist Art Movement to top fashion designers attending the FWSD event.

Fashion Week San Diego® is the longest running, traditional fashion week to celebrate fashion and beauty industries by showcasing and highlighting the pulse of San Diego entrepreneurs and their works. The FWSD show and events will take place at the LUX art Institute, 1550 S. El Camino Real Encinitas, Ca 92024.

Exhibitions at Top US Galleries

Rehs Contemporary Galleries, Inc., New York City, NY will select a group of approximately 15 finalists who will be asked to supply the gallery with additional images. From those finalists, the gallery will choose 4-6 artists for a group show to be held at their gallery on 57th Street in 2018 or early 2019. All works selected for the exhibition must be available for sale. Rehs Contemporary Galleries, Inc. began as a new venture stemming from Rehs Galleries, Inc., which specializes in 19th and early 20th century European works of art. Following in suit with the art world they know best, Rehs Contemporary Galleries, Inc., represents contemporary artists that create original works in a traditional style; works that demonstrate an artist's superior technical skills and classical training.

Arcadia Contemporary,Los Angeles, CA, in cooperation with ARC will select a group of approximately 15 finalists who will be asked to submit a selection of imagery to the gallery for consideration for exhibition. From those finalists, the gallery will choose a minimum of 4-6 artists for an exhibition to be held at their gallery in Los Angeles sometime in 2018 or early 2019. All works selected for the exhibition must be available for sale.

Ar・ca・di・a: - Noun - A Mythological Greek region frequently chosen as the background setting in works of fine art. A real or imaginary place offering peace and simplicity, Arcadia Contemporary has held the highest standards for 21st century realist art.

Springville Museum of Art Exhibition Award

The Springville Museum of Art, Springville, Utah, will be adding a new ongoing award to the ARC Salon Competition, devoting a "Featured ARC Artist" gallery wall to their museum in their Founders Gallery. The museum will be selecting one ARC Salon Finalist from the state of Utah each competition to be featured at the museum over the course of the following year. The Springville Museum of Art is Utah’s first museum for the visual fine arts, dedicated as a “Sanctuary of Beauty and a Temple of Contemplation”. The Museum houses over 2,500 works. Utah art, twentieth-century Soviet Realist art and American art, comprise the Museum's permanent collection. With over 15 exhibitions annually, the Museum is a key promoter and contributor to the arts in Utah. Artwork is displayed throughout 29 galleries in this 45,000 square foot facility and a beautiful outdoor sculpture garden. The Museum seeks to fulfill its mission by refining minds and building character through the fine arts. As official State Wide Art Partnership (SWAP) headquarters, the Museum is home for visual art educational outreach programs to the schools of Utah. A variety of exhibitions, concerts, programs and special events are offered throughout the year.

This award will be judged by a representative(s) of the Springville Museum of Art.

Springville Museum of Art Exhibition Award
Springville Museum of Art

The Da Vinci Initiative Award for the Young Aspiring Artist

Because of DVI's and ARC's commitment to introduce skill-based training techniques to the next generation, we are pleased to announce that this year's salon will include a side competition for high school students through the ARC Salon. A $2,500 scholarship will be awarded for the winning high school student's artwork that can be used at any ARC Approved™ school or program. In addition, the winner will receive international recognition for their artwork, their instructor, and their school through the ARC website as well as publication in the ARC Salon catalogue. The work may also have the opportunity to travel in the live version of the exhibition, which will travel to the MEAM museum in Barcelona, Spain and NYC. These works by our talented youth will not compete in the main categories of the ARC Salon, but in a separate division specifically for young students. (Entry fee is $7.50. If you attend a Title 1 school and this fee would be a barrier to entry, please write to This award will be juried by Kara Lysandra Ross, DVI CEO, Mandy Hallenius, DVI President, and Frederick C. Ross, ARC Chairman.

Oil study, by 17 year old Katie Li
Oil study, by 17 year old Katie Li

The TIAC Art Prize

The International Arts and Culture Group (TIAC), is an ARC Allied Organization based in Florence, Italy, with branches in China & Australia. This non-profit organization believes that craftsmanship can be taught, and that refined craftsmanship is often critical in the powerful expression of ideas and emotions unique to the individual and the context in which they live. They want to encourage artists who have sound knowledge of traditional oil painting and sculpting to create artwork that is both meaningful for them personally as well as for their contemporary audience. This prize will consist of two $1,000 awards, one for painting and one for sculpture, and will be awarded to artists who have demonstrated talent and achievement in traditional oil painting and sculpture, study the works of old masters, apply traditional techniques and involve modern life.

This award will be judged by a leading member(s) of the TIAC Group.

Publication Awards and Purchase Awards

The Fine Art Connoisseur Award

The Fine Art Connoisseur

Sponsored by Streamline Publishing. This award will be an article award given to an individual finalist to be included in the Fine Art Connoisseur printed magazine. In addition, Fine Art Connoisseur will still be publishing an article on the some of the other winners of the 13th International Salon as they have done the past three years. This award will be chosen by the magazine's Editor Peter Trippi and publisher Eric B. Rhoads. Fine Art Connoisseur serves art collectors and enthusiasts with innovative articles about representational paintings, sculptures, drawings, and prints. The magazine has developed a particularly strong reputation for its editorial coverage of realism, a field of artistic excellence generally overlooked by other periodicals.

PleinAir Magazine Award

Sponsored by Streamline Publishing. One artist who paints in a plein air style will be chosen to have a feature article done on their work in PleinAir Magazine. This award will be chosen by the magazine's editor M. Stephen Doherty and publisher B. Eric Rhoads. Painting from nature out-of-doors, en plein air, and painting from life are the foundation of all painting throughout the history of art. Today tens of thousands of artists and collectors have joined a new plein air movement, which you can follow in the new Plein Air Magazine.

Collections Magazine Award

A featured article on the artist's work in Collections Magazine, chosen by the magazine's editor-in-chief, Yinglun Ji. Collections Magazine, founded in 1993, has published 252 monthly issues and has the highest reputation in art collection and art marketing in China. Collections Magazine was awarded China's most influential journal in 60 years and was three times nominated for the "National Journal Award".

PoetsArtists Award

An article featuring one or more artists from the ARC Salon Competition in PoetsArtists magazine. The winning artist(s) will receive a several page spread about their work and a write-up and/or interview by one of the magazine’s staff members. One artist will also be featured on the cover of this publication. PoetsArtists is a platform uniting artists, authors, art collectors, galleries and other art affiliated members. Their mission is to ignite creativity and connect an already strong community with further artistic and literary opportunities. They publish issues 8 to 12 times a year focusing on Contemporary Figurative Realism, portraiture, and poetry. This award will be chosen by Steven Alan Bennett and Dr. Elaine Melotti Schmidt of The Bennett Collection, a collection of contemporary figurative realist paintings of women.

Aristides Publication Prize for Drawing

A few talented artists works will be chosen for inclusion in a forthcoming drawing book written by Juliette Aristides to be published by Monacelli Press, NY Fall 2018. This educational drawing book, designed to showcase beautiful artwork and encourage students to keep and carry a sketchbook, makes fine drawing skills accessible to beginners and intermediate level students. The most intellectual of art forms, these drawings are intended to inspire students to pursue fine drawing as a form of self-expression while acquiring real skills.

Minimum of $60,000 in ARC Purchase Awards

Purchase awards will be chosen from the finalists and awarded at the sole discretion of the ARC's Chairman, Frederick C. Ross, for the Art Renewal Center's growing collection. Works do not need to be for sale for all other awards. Retail prices are shown.

MEAM Purchase Award

The MEAM (Museum of European Art Modern) is a museum dedicated to contemporary realism 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 knows how to mix tradition and modernity, becoming a required visit for the tourists interested in Monumental Barcelona. They will be awarding a purchase award to one of the entrants of the 13th International Salon Competition. This purchase award will be displayed in the European Museum of Modern Art on public view and it will become part of the permanent collection of the museum, and therefore will always be exhibited during the months this collection is open.

C/ Barra de Ferro 5
Barcelona, Spain

Shane Wolf accepting his MEAM purchase Award from the museum's director José Manuel Infiesta, 2015

General Awards

Most Ambitious Work $250
Best Nude $250
Best Trompe L'oeil $250
Best Social Commentary $250
9 First Place Awards $2,500 awarded in each category
9 Second Place Awards $1,000 awarded in each category
9 Third Place Awards $500 awarded in each category
Chairman's Choice Award 3 awarded at $350 each
ARC Staff Award 6 awarded at $100 each by the ARC Staff
72 Honorable Mentions 8 awarded in each category

All Finalists will have their entry accompanied by their name displayed on the ARC website and will also be featured in the 12th Annual ARC Salon Catalogue.

* ARC reserves the right to adjust awards up or down by a maximum of 20% based on the number of entries received.

Artists must submit digital files in JPEG format via our online entry form. Glass slides, images on CDs and large format transparencies will not be accepted. All digital images must be at least 1MB in size. If you have a technical problem submitting your entry, or cannot submit via our online system, please contact our Museum Archivist Yvette Lytle at The competition is open to all those who wish to enter worldwide.

13th International ARC Salon Catalogue

A full color Catalogue will be published of all award winning entries and finalists. Each entrant will receive one copy of the Salon Catalogue as long as shipping is paid for. You can also pre-purchase additional copies as the price is much higher after finalists are announced.

Pre-publication price per Catalogue: $55.00. (Shipping not included.)

Example catalogue from the 12th International ARC Salon 2016-2017

Postage Fees

Add the following for the number of Catalogues
Region for 1 for 2 to 5
USA $8 $19.50
Canada $40 $55
All other international $55 $70
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