16th ARC Scholarship (2015)

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The ARC Scholarship Fund Distributes over $30,000 in Direct Scholarships to Aid Students at ARC Approved™ Art Academy and Atelier Schools

As those familiar with ARC and its mission know, the organization is involved in numerous projects, all in support of a return to an appreciation of great and enduring art, to the visual expression of shared humanity, and to academic, skill-based, art education. 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 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. For 15 years now, the ARC Scholarship Fund has awarded scholarships to some of the most talented emerging realist artists in the world and helped them continue their studies at ARC Approved Ateliers and Schools. From relatively modest beginnings in 2001, the number of entrants and qualifying Ateliers has expanded rapidly. In 2001 there were 14 ARC Approved Ateliers and today we proudly list over 70 schools and programs. We are proud to have been able to provide over $300,000 to date, enabling us to support an ever-growing number of students and the institutions they attend. The quality of the work continues to astound us, and many of our past winners have gone on to achieve great things in their careers already. Some who have won scholarships in the past have now opened their own ateliers with their own students competing in this very same competition and some have stayed to contribute their expertise at their alma maters, continuing the great academic tradition so important to our philosophy here at ARC. The Art Renewal Center™ is very pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 Annual Scholarship Competition. In addition to three first place winners, five second place winners, five third place winners, and five fourth place winners, we are also including a purchase award for Victoria Steel's drawing titled, Of Heaven, Earth, and Sea, which also won First Place Drawing Category of this year's ARC Salon; a true testament to the quality of works being produced by students attending these schools.

This Year's Judges

Fred Ross ARC Chairman

Fred Ross

Frederick C. Ross, Founder and Chairman of the Art Renewal Center, Ross is the leading authority on William Bouguereau and co-author of the Catalogue Raisonné William Bouguereau: His Life and Works. Ross received his MA in art education from Columbia University. His speeches and essays are read by thousands of professionals, educators, students and fans each year; and have become required reading in countless classrooms. Ross is also a well known collector of 19th century European painting and of Contemporary Realism as well. Art Educator/lecturer; President of Bouguereau Committee; Art Expert and Collector, Writer; Artist; Published Art Historian on the 19th Century; ARC Salon and Scholarship Judge

Dr. Vern Swanson

Dr. Vern Swanson

Swanson has his Phd from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, England and is the former Director of the Springville Museum of Art, Utah, where he served for 30 years. He is a lecturer/scholar/writer and expert on 19th Century European Art and Russian Art through the 20th Century. Swanson is the leading authority on Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema and John William Godward and author of the Catalogue Raisonnés for both artists. In total, the number of books Swanson has published is well into the teens.

On behalf of our Chairman, Frederick C. Ross and everyone here at Art Renewal Center™, well-deserved congratulations are extended to all of our scholarship recipients. We thank these young talented artists and the fine institutions in which they study for their dedication and upholding of the finest artistic traditions of history and the best hopes of future advancement in the arts. We wish them continued success on their artistic journeys.

3 First Place Winners - $4,000 ($12,000)

Oleksandra Sevostianova

Price of Protection

Clay, 2015

43 x 32 cm

Instructor: Robert Bodem

School: Atelier Florence Academy of Art

Aiden Baker Hill


Oil on canvas, 2015

12 x 9 in

Instructor: Hope Railey

School: Grand Central Atelier

Victoria Steel

Of Earth, Heaven, and Sea

Charcoal on paper, 2014

11 x 17 in

Instructor: Anthony Waichulis

School: Ani Art Academy Waichulis and Ani Art Academies International

5 Second Place Winners - $2,000 ($10,000)

John Darley

Self Portrait With a Beard

Black and white oil paint, 2014

14 x 11 in

Instructor: Jeff Hein

School: Hein Academy of Art

Kathryn Engberg

Fil in Red

Red and white chalk on toned paper, 2015

15 x 11 in

Instructor: Jacob Collins, Edward Minoff, Scott Waddell, Joshua LaRock, Colleen Barry, Will St. John, Patrick Byrnes, and Anthony Baus

School: Grand Central Atelier

Silvia Jurez Linares

The End of Stephano

Clay, 2015

90 x 80 cm

Instructor: Daniel Graves

School: Atelier Florence Academy of Art

Andrew Payne


Graphite on paper, 2014

24 x 18 in

Instructor: Jacob Collins

School: Grand Central Atelier

Radoslav Topalov


Charcoal and white chalk, 2015

70 x 50 cm

Instructor: James Napier


5 Third Place Winners - $1,000 ($5,000)

Grant Perry


Oil on linen, 2015

15 x 18 in

Instructor: Jacob Collins

School: Grand Central Atelier

Emilae Belo

Lemons Still Life

Oil on canvas, 2014

16 x 12 in

Instructor: Ryan S. Brown

School: The Masters Academy of Art

Mary Sauer

Head drawing 2

Graphite on paper, 2014

14 x 11 in

Instructor: Ryan S. Brown

School: The Masters Academy of Art

Iago Turnes


Oil painting, 2015

92 x 46 cm

Instructor: Jordi Diaz Alamà, Terra Chapman, Joseph Altwer, David Masson

School: Barcelona Academy of Art

Savannah Tate Cuff


Oil on panel, 2015

14 x 11 in

Instructor: Jacob Collins

School: Grand Central Atelier

5 Fourth Place Winners - $500 ($2,500)

Miguel Gonzalez


Oil on panel, 2015

40 x 40 in

Instructor: Jonathan Burke

School: Laguna College of Art + Design

Brock Larson

Figure Study of Libby

Oil on canvas, 2015

14 x 28 in

Instructor: Dale Redpath

School: The Atelier

Jessica Artman

Zeus and Hera

Oil on linen, 2015

24 x 15 in

Instructor: Jacob Collins

School: Grand Central Atelier

Ben Jarvis

The Beholder

Oil on canvas, 2015

24 x 48 in

Instructor: Jonathan Burke

School: Laguna College of Art + Design

Sheridan Elphick


Charcoal and white, 2014

85 x 50 cm

Instructor: Daniela Astone