| RC is pleased to present the winners and finalists of the 2014/2015 International ARC Salon Competition with an approximate 2,500 entries this year by over 1,050 artists. This year we have included 789 finalist works. These works represent the top 31% of works submitted. For the first time many of the works from the ARC Salon will be exhibited in a live traveling exhibition that will start at the MEAM museum in Barcelona, Spain, where it will be on view from November 17th till December 28th to celebrate an intense collaboration between Europe and America for representational art. The ARC Salon 's works will be mounted at the same time the MEAM mounts its 8th Figurativas Painting and Sculpture Competition. The MEAM competition is organized by the Foundation of the Art and the Artists, which is, along with the ARC Salon, the other most important competition for representational art in the Western world in which more than 2,300 artists from more than 90 countries participate. The 8th Figurativas Painting and Sculpture Competition, Figurativas 2015, will run between November 17th and January 10th. The Official Awards Ceremony of ARC Salon and Figurativas 2015 winners will take place as one tremendous event on November 20th, 2015 at 19:00 hours at the European Museum of Modern Art (MEAM) in Barcelona and a Forum of American and European representational artists will take place the following day on Saturday the 21st. Works for this exhibit are still being selected, though the MEAM Purchase award and the ARC Purchase awards shown below will all be included. The ARC Salon portion of the show will then travel to New York City, where it will hang at the Salmagundi Club from January 18th to February 4th. Regular updates will be given on the exiting upcoming live exhibition including information on the additional works to be included as they are added to the list of exhibiting works. We are developing a special page for this that will be accessible from the ARC homepage in the next few days and will track the progress of the selection process.|
Due to the large number of entries, this year the International ARC Salon had eight judges divided among the seven categories, four judges per category. To see a full list of the judges and which categories each adjudicated, please click here.
This year we have given out 10 purchase awards, the value of the paintings totaling over $160,000. This is in addition to the $47,000+ in cash prizes and the production of the Streamline Art Video Award, which went to master artist, Cesar Santos, valued at $25,000. This award is a fully produced and released DVD by Streamline Art Video, an ARC Allied Organization™, and it will showcase the artist's technique with a demonstration of their work and an interview with the artist. To pre-order this DVD now at the special pre-order price, click here).
This year Best in Show went to Arantzazu Martinez for her painting of Absolute Trust - Sleeping Beauty. This ambitious work, measuring 90½ x 51 inches, captures grace and tremendous movement even though the subject is fast asleep. Martinez is not unknown to the ARC Salon, winning the Bouguereau Award just two years ago and First Place Figurative in 2007. The Bouguereau Award winner, Nicholas O 'Leary 's painting of Departing Bodies, was also ranked highly among the judges. This atmospheric painting with hundreds of bodies utilizes a successful compositional complexity similar to Bouguereau 's 1902 painting of Les Oreades.
There was one Dual Category award winner which went to a work ranked highly in more then one category. This was the case of Forgone Kings by Allen Williams, as it was ranked highly in both the Drawing Category and the Imaginative Realist Category.
Rehs Contemporary Galleries, Inc., New York City, NY selected 15 finalists who submitted additional images for the possibility of being represented in an exhibition and sale at their gallery. Out of the ARC finalists 6 were selected for this exhibition and sale. Richard Hall, Philippe Attie, Kari Tirrell, Duffy Sheridan, Joseph McGurl, and Walter Rane will have a group show at Rehs Contemporary Galleries in the Spring of 2016. More information will be available on this in the weeks and months to come.
When Hope Comes by Daniel Gerhartz won both the American Art Collector Magazine Award of Excellence award as well as First Place in the Imaginative Realist Category. Since the Judges for these two awards were completely separate, it says a lot about the strength of this particular symbolic work.
This year the Plein Air Magazine Award went to Alexandra Tyng for her landscape, Light Pathway. This work won her a featured article done on her work in an upcoming issue of Plein Air Magazine. This award was chosen by the magazine's editor M. Stephen Doherty.
Peter Trippi, the editor for Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine, gave the The Fine Art Connoisseur Award to Dean Mitchell for his watercolor of The Artist Bob Ragland. Mitchell won an article in an upcoming issue of Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine.
We had three additional magazines participating in the ARC Salon. Western Art Collector Magazine, American Fine Art Magazine, and International Artist Magazine. All three of these awards were picked by the magazines' editor Joshua Rose. The Western Art Collector Magazine Award of Excellence went to John Buxton for his landscape titled The Uninvited and the International Artist Magazine Award of Excellence went to a figurative entry, Campbell, by Hiroshi Furuyoshi. Both of these awards are a featured article in the respective magazines as is the American Art Collector Magazine Award of Excellence, mentioned above. The American Fine Art Magazine Award of Excellence was given to Joseph McGurl for his Thunderstorm over the Midwest From a Plane Window.
The Lessons in Classical Painting Publication award was given to five works: Erica 's Sky by Qing He, Fujitive by Tadashi Kashiwada, Self Portrait at 62 by Jim McVicker, After the Party by Steven Levin, and Mr. John Downs Esquire by Frank Ordaz. All are expected to be published in Juliette Aristides' latest publication, Lessons in Classical Painting, due out in May 2016. Aristides is well known for her instructional books on atelier style painting and drawing which all quickly became best sellers. The books are featured in some of the world 's best museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the National Gallery in London and the Rembrandt House in Amsterdam among others.
The $5,000 prize for the Knohl Collection Award for History or Literature Inspired Art was equally divided between two works: Know Not Thy Pending Fate by Christina Grace Mastrangelo and The Ship of Fools by Carl Dobsky. This award was sponsored by Dr. Howard and Linda Knohl who are among the world's most respected private art collectors and have amassed a stunning assemblage of hundreds of paintings and thousands of decorative art objects. When asked about the historical or literary content of their work, the artists had insightful answers. Mastrangelo replied that, "It evolved after years of studying humanist literature, and the personal effect of love and loss through death and heartbreak. When I first moved to Florence in 2006, I was struck by the intensity of the history of the city. It lead me to study the great minds of Florentine history: I read about Michelangelo's struggles with his work and with God; I read about Leonardo's ideas and inventions and discovered the great minds of Boccaccio, Machiavelli, and Dante. After living there only a short time, the idea for this work came to me in a dream. The scene was a group of figures stretching up into the sky, away from darkness and pain, and up into the light, towards serenity, harmony and connectedness. It was only later that I made the connection to Dante's Divine Comedy, as the vision changed to include the unknown realm of the afterlife and an internal search for an answer." For The Ship of Fools Dobsky said that "The theme for the work has been around for a long time with some crediting it as beginning in the time of Plato. It kind of comes into it's own in the 15th century with a book by Sebastian Brant titled The Ship of Fools which became the inspiration for works by the likes of Hieronymous Bosch and others. It usually depicts a boat without a pilot filled with deranged people who are oblivious to their situation. In some cases, it has been used as social commentary. I wanted to take these elements but give the theme a personal interpretation."
Look to the future weeks and months for full coverage of the ARC Salon Winners in The Epoch Times, Huffington Post, and Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine, as well as the featured articles on the specific winners in Plein Air Magazine, American Art Collector Magazine, Western Art Collector Magazine, International Artist Magazine and perhaps in other venues as well. The ARC Salon continues to grow every year with greater and more diversified publicity and a continual increase in the number of artists entering. We are approaching the start of our 12th annual ARC Salon Competition, scheduled for 2015/2016. For this upcoming Salon we will be introducing a new, eighth category, dedicated to Portraiture. This is sure to be our largest competition yet with the largest cash awards and the most publicity to date. Placing as a top winner will certainly give an artist his or her big break in the field. We will be accepting entries from March 1, 2016. If you are an artist, don't miss out on your chance to compete.
Kara Lysandra Ross,
Chief Operating Officer
| ithout fail, each and every year that the ARC Salon has taken place, the quality, beauty and poetry of the works entered rise to ever-higher levels of achievement. The current ARC Salon is a testament to the character and nobility of the human spirit. The need to communicate through fine art is a distinguishing characteristic of our species, and despite a century of effort to suppress it, the need to communicate with creative visual imagery is exploding forth from the canvases and brushes of this new generation of 21st century artists, so well represented in this 2014-2015 ARC Salon, perhaps our finest competition yet.|
While humanity has bolted forward in every field during the last 100 years, the art world was savaged and buried by a Modernist paradigm which deprived artists from developing and using any of the new tools and knowledge that the rest of the industrial world was using to forge ahead. Beyond that, they were also denied all of the advances in the arts that had taken place during the prior six centuries. Drawing, modeling, perspective, and all subject matter from the real world and even from the world of fantasy, fiction, religion and even human dreams, all of which are built from images of the real world, were taken away. Artists were told that they had to be "original" but were expected to do so without depending on any knowledge of the past, an idea that would be considered ridiculous in any other field. The art world was left behind while achievements in every other field grew at an accelerating pace.
As millions of people are, at last, seeing through the art-speak nonsense that spews from the apologists of Modernism, their writing and the works they describe are ready to be eternally stored in the Closet of Failed Pomposity next to the Emperor's New Clothes.
With the explosion of the Realist Movement, Fine art has now risen from the ashes. There has been a great rebirth bringing back the chief goal of all fine art: the communication of our shared humanity; how we feel about life and living and how we experience the world; the entire range of what it means to be human and to do so with beauty, elegance, poetry and grace.
Now a new generation of artists have opened their eyes to the beauty all around us enabled to be more original than ever. The first decade of Realism's return, in the 21st century, focused on recapturing all of the tools and achievements of past centuries. We are half way into the second decade of this new century and artists are breaking new ground, carving out new ways of mixing media and commingling knowledge, developing new tools, and taking giant leaps. Now with 21st century subject matter and the advanced skills of atelier training, artists have the freedom to take greater creative risks, filled with enthusiasm, and finding their contemporary voices.
Visual communication is what 21st century realism is all about. Every art and artist has something to say which can be understood by people all over the earth despite hundreds of different languages and backgrounds. The objects and concepts derived from the real world, when creatively assembled by rich artistic minds, are capable of communicating the enormous range of human ideas, beliefs, concepts and emotions. It is also only through the art of Realism that we can convey to successive generations the value of hard work and discipline in the fine arts, and the full range of achievements that only such values can produce.
Frederick C. Ross,
Chairman, Art Renewal Center (ARC)
We would also like to thank this year's panel of judges for all of their hard work reviewing the artworks in this year's ARC Salon:
Fred Ross - Founder and Chairman of the Art Renewal Center, Ross is the leading authority on William Bouguereau and co author of the recently published 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 over 300,000 art 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. Ross is also a cofounder of The Da Vinci Initiative, dedicated to introducing skill-based art education in public and private schools K-12.
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.
Michael John Angel - Angel is an ARC Living Master™ and regarded as one of the foremost figurative painters alive today; with his paintings hanging in both public and private collections on both sides of the Atlantic. From 1982 to 1988 he was the Director of the National Portrait Academy in Toronto, Canada, and from 1992 - 1995 the Assistant Director of the Florence Academy of Art in Florence, Italy. In 1997, his school, the Angel Academy of Art was founded with the assistance of Lynne Barton. Angel Academy is now one of the most successful Atelier Schools in the world, requiring of its students the highest standards of traditional techniques.
Juliette Aristides - Arisitides is an ARC Living Master™ and studied at numerous private ateliers, the National Academy of Design and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, before becoming a founding member of the Water Street Atelier with Jacob Collins. She is a recipient of the Elisabeth Greenshields Grant; and founded the Classical Atelier at Gage Academy of Fine Art in Seattle WA. She has authored three books, Classical Drawing Atelier, Classical Painting Atelier, and Lessons in Classical Painting, which includes an instructional DVD and quickly became a best seller. Her books have become well received guidelines for drawing and painting. She is also a cofounder and the Vice President for The Da Vinci Initiative, dedicated to introducing skill-based art education in public and private schools K-12.
Anthony Waichulis - Waichulis is an ARC Living Master™ and is regarded as the premiere Trompe L'oeil painter living today. Celebrated by critics and collectors alike, Waichulis' works have been published in nearly every major art publication worldwide including but not limited to: The Artist's Magazine, Fine Art Connoisseur, American Artist, American Art Review, American Art Collector, Art News and Art-Talk. Anthony has exhibited in a salvo of key venues across the country including the Smithsonian Institute, National Arts Club, Orlando Museum of Art, Butler Institute, Washington Museum of Fine Arts, The World Arts Museum in Beijing as well as many others. He is also the founder of the highly successful Waichulis Studio and co-founder and chief curriculum designer of the International Ani Art Academies project. In 2011 The Waichulis Studio merged with the Ani Art Academies project to form the domestic flagship of the Ani project, The Ani Art Academy Waichulis in Wilkes Barre, PA. Since then the Ani Art Academies project has seen the launch of two international Academies, Ani Art Academy Anguilla and Dominicana. Additional Academies using Waichulis' now celebrated curriculum are also scheduled to open in Thailand and Sri Lanka in 2015.
Kara Lysandra Ross - Ross is the Chief Operating Officer for the Art Renewal Center, and a cofounder and Chief Executive Officer for The Da Vinci Initiative, dedicated to introducing skill-based art education in public and private schools K-12, she was a Sotheby's intern and holds a BA in Art History from Drew University. As an art educator, she is a regular columnist in the arts section of The Epoch Times and is a contributing writer for Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine. She was the co-editor of the William Bouguereau Catalogue Raisonné and author of chapter 28 in the recently published second edition. She served on a panel focused on the future of representational art at The Realist Art Conference (TRAC) in 2014 and recently wrote a chapter on French and English Academic Painting for the University of Liverpool's upcoming publication on 19th century art. She is currently researching and writing the catalogue raisonné on Edmund Blair Leighton (1852-1922), for which she is accepted as the world authority on the firstname.lastname@example.org
Jeannie Wilshire - is the Co-Director of the Association of Fantastic Art, dedicated to the promotion, recognition and elevation of the art of imaginative realism. The AFA is the organization behind the groundbreaking IX symposium, the annual celebration of imaginative realism (founded in 2008) and the IX Exchange, the online nexus for collectors of original paintings, drawings and sculpture from this style of realist art. In addition, she is the author and designer of Visions of Never: The Collection of Fantastic Art (2009) and the forthcoming History of Imaginative Realism. She is also the designer of IlluXConcepts Volumes 1-5 and The Art of the Dragon: The Definitive Collection of Contemporary Dragon Paintings (2012). She was honored to be a guest curator of AT THE EDGE: Art of the Fantastic, the most comprehensive exhibition of imaginative realist art ever to be mounted in the US. AT THE EDGE premiered at the Allentown Art Museum in June of 2012, drawing record crowds to the museum. She is currently curating the upcoming infra:REAL - The Art of Imaginative Realism show for the Jonathan Levine Gallery in NYC, which premiers in August of 2015. Together with her husband, Patrick, she has been collecting original imaginative realist art for 15 years.
Mario Andres Robinson - is an ARC Living Master™, an Exhibiting Artist Member (EAM) of The National Arts Club, an Artist Member of The Salmagundi Club and a Signature Member of The Pastel Society of America. His work has been featured several times in The Artist's Magazine, The Pastel Journal, Watercolor Magic, American Art Collector, Fine Art Connoisseur and on the cover of American Artist magazine. In the February, 2006 issue of The Artist's Magazine, Mario was selected as one of the top 20 realist artists under the age of 40. The work of Mario Andres Robinson fits squarely within the tradition of American painting. Robinson's finished works bear a close affinity to the masters of the realist tradition, Andrew Wyeth and Thomas Eakins. Robinson's work has a timeless and universal quality, capturing the human spirit by exemplifying his subjects inner psyche. Although Robinson's oeuvre is diverse, beginning in 1994, Robinson began to extensively incorporate rural subjects, primarily located in the state of Alabama.