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Welcome to the entry pages for the Art Renewal Center’s 16th International ARC Salon Competition

When talking about competitions and exhibitions dedicated to 21st Century Realism, the International ARC Salon is the largest in the world in terms of entries, and the most diverse in terms of categories and international participation. This makes the International ARC Salon Competition the most influential and far-reaching competition for Contemporary Realism in the world, with over $130,000 in cash awards and international recognition through partnerships with prestigious magazines, galleries, and museums, with live exhibitions and a strong online presence. Categories include: Figurative, Portraiture, Imaginative Realism, Drawing, Landscape, Still Life, Plein Air Painting, Fully From Life, Sculpture, Animals, and a special category for teens.

  • Over 180 awards and honorable mentions will be given out.
  • Works do not need to be available for sale or for the live exhibition to compete and win.

Entries for the 16th ARC Salon will be accepted March 1, 2022 – June 30th, 2022.


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Read about the rules for entering the ARC Salon and other important information.


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Artists may enter and win in one or all eleven categories; there is no limit to the number of entries you may submit.



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Over $130,000 in cash awards and International recognition through partnerships with prestigious magazines, galleries and museums, with live exhibitions and a strong online presence.


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This year the Salon will be juried by several members of our prestigious ARC Board of Judges and perhaps some special guest judges as well (four per category). Specific judges for categories still to be announced.


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Thank you to our sponsors for their dedication to fine art, their generous donations to help the vision of an international traveling exhibition and our multi-genre competition to inspire, promote, and defend the advancement of academically inspired visual art in the 21st century.

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