Posts for February, 2019

February 2019

Da Vinci Initiative Open House

Published on March 1, 2019

Join the Da Vinci Initiative's first ever open house in their new teaching studio! Gather with artists, educators, and supporters in celebrating the formation of  The Da Vinci Initiative Atelier.

The event will be held on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at 6 PM – 8 PM at 930 Newark Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07306-6301.

To learn more about the DVI Atelier, click here.    

To attend the event, click here or write to Amanda Theis


New ARC Associate Living Master

Published on February 28, 2019

ARC is pleased to welcome Kevin Murphy as an ARC Associate Living Master™!

With no measurable formal training, Kevin Murphy began his career in the art industry at the age of 23 as an illustrator. Over the eight years that followed, he was commissioned to create artwork for nearly 250 commercial works. His deep client base was built around such major entities as Random House, R.J. Reynolds, Viacom, Putnam/Penguin, National Geographic, Milton Bradley, St. Maarten Press, Barnes & Noble, Sega, MTV, L’Oreal USA, Virgin Records, Lucas Arts, and the Rolling Stones.       

To view his gallery on ARC, please click here.  


California Art's Club 108th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition

Published on February 27, 2019

The California Arts Club, an ARC Allied Organization, is holding their 108th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition.
More than 300 sculptures and paintings of genres ranging from landscapes and seascapes to figures and still lifes will be on display. The exhibiting artists include nationally renowned representational artists who have been active in expanding interest in the California Impressionist heritage associated with the organization’s founding in 1909. 
Various events and programs will be offered during the exhibition.
The exhibition runs from March 3 - 29, 2019 at 490 East Union Street, Pasadena, CA 91101.
To learn more about this exhibition, click here
For more events, please visit the ARC Calendar.

Painting Today / Pintado Hoy

Published on February 27, 2019

The European Museum of Modern Art will be presenting 'Painting Today', an international exhibition of contemporary realist figurative painting.

The MEAM has commissioned curator Didi Menendez, from PoetsArtists Magazine, to present more than 70 works created by women painters in the field of contemporary figurative art at an international level. Among the participating artists are ARC Living Masters™ Anna Wypych, Patricia Watwood, and Marina Dieul, and ARC Associate Living Masters™ Arina Gordienko and Vicki Sullivan.

The exhibition opens on March 8th, on International Women's Day and runs until May 5, 2019 at the MEAM Museum, Barra de Ferro, 5 Barcelona, Spain.

For more information, please click here

To learn more about this and other events, please visit the ARC Calendar.

Pieces of Me

Published on February 26, 2019

ARC Associate Living Master™, Tina Garrett, is holding her first ever solo oil painting show, "Pieces of Me” featuring an intimate look into the unbounded inspiration Tina finds in her wide range of subjects.

The opening reception is on March 1, 2019, 6-8 PM. Meet the artist, enjoy refreshments and live music. Tina will be on Facebook live during the reception for those who cannot attend in person, but can attend virtually.

The exhibition is on view from March 1 - 29, 2019 at the Bountiful Davis Art Center, 90 N Main St, Bountiful, UT 84010.

To learn more about this exhibition, click here.

For more events, please visit the ARC Calendar.

Artistic Anatomy Exhibition

Published on February 26, 2019

The ARC ApprovedSM Florence Classical Arts Academy will be holding an exhibition in honor of the 500th death anniversary of Leonardo Da Vinci.  The anatomy artwork of Alexey Bakhtin and students of FCAA will be on display.

The opening reception takes place on March 1, 2019 at the Florence Classical Arts Academy, Via Giuseppe Galliano, Florence, Italy and runs until the end of March.

For more information, please visit

For more events, please visit the ARC Calendar.

Foundation Course in Painting and Drawing

Published on February 21, 2019

This course is designed for people who would like to receive the foundation training in drawing and painting at the ARC Approved Florence Classical Art Academy. The summer course allows students to spend many class hours practicing outdoor painting and drawing along with studio hours dedicated to working with the models, anatomy and various studio subjects.

This course provides students with highly individual and customized training in small student groups.  This program enables a student to gain the necessary applied knowledge in order to begin building their portfolio.

The class is held in Florence April 29 – August 2, 2019.   For one week in June, the students have an option of having their plein-air training in Florence or in Lido di Jeloso at the Adriatic coast (students pay extra for the stay in a 4-star hotel and breakfast included). After break from August 5 - 9, class resumes in Cineto Romano from August 12 – 30, 2019 and in Florence from September 2 - 13, 2019.

For more information please inquire at

Virgil Elliott Lecture: Painting for Posterity

Published on February 22, 2019

ARC Living Master™ Virgil Elliott will be giving a lecture on oil painting materials and methods that will give an artist's paintings the best chance of surviving over the long term. This lecture will address the chemistry aspects of oil paints, mediums, grounds, varnishes, etc. in as much depth as the time allotted will allow.

The lecture will be held on February 24, 2019 from 2:00-5:00pm at the Coppini Academy of Fine Arts, 115 Melrose Pl, San Antonio, Texas.

For more information, please click here.

For more events, please visit the ARC Calendar.


Published on February 21, 2019

In honor of the tenth anniversary of the Hermitage Amsterdam, two anniversary exhibitions featuring a cross-section of masterpieces from the entire collection of the St Petersburg State Hermitage will be on display.

The initial event will be Treasury!, the first of the two anniversary exhibitions, will include works by Bernini, Da Vinci, Rembrandt and Velázquez. Also on exhibit are outstanding works of art from from Ancient Egypt, Classical Greece and Rome; as well as antiquities from Siberia, the Middle East and East-Asia. 

The exhibition runs from 2/2-8/25/19 at the Hermitage Amsterdam, 51 Amstel, Amsterdam, 1018 EJ, Netherlands.

For more information, please click here

To learn about other exhibitions, please visit the ARC Calendar.

International ARC Salon on Barcelona TV

Published on February 20, 2019

The 13th International ARC Salon Exhibition, which is now on display at the MEAM Musuem in Barcelona Spain, was recently featured on a news segment on Barcelona-TV.  The ARC Salon Exhibit is open from now until March 31, 2019.

To watch the interview, click here.

To learn more about the live exhibition, click here

We are currently accepting entries to the 14th ARC Salon from now until March 15. To learn more or to enter, visit the ARC Salon Entry Pages.



‘Believe not thine eyes.’ Trompe l’oeil in Art

Published on February 20, 2019

Trompe l’oeil means the illusory reproduction of real-life objects by artistic methods, giving the viewer the impression of the actual thing being present rather than a depiction. 

The exhibition is created entirely from the Hermitage’s own stocks, around 700 items, including paintings and works of graphic art, sculpture, articles made from silver, glass and semiprecious stone, various fabrics and pieces of furniture ranging from the 14th to the early 20th century.

The exhibition will be open in the Manege of the Small Hermitage, 2 Palace Embankment, Saint Petersburg, Russia and runs from 12/8/18-3/10/19.

For more information, click here

For more events, please visit the ARC Calendar.

13th ARC Salon Official Award Ceremony

Published on February 15, 2019

On Friday, February 8th, the Art Renewal Center (ARC) held their official Award Ceremony at the MEAM Museum in Barcelona, Spain to launch the opening of the 13th International ARC Salon Exhibition, with great success. The award ceremony consisted of four speakers, Jose Manuel Infiesta, Founder and Director, European Museum of Modern Art (MEAM), Kara Lysandra Ross, Chief Operating Officer/Co-Chair, Art Renewal Center, Ming Yu, Best in Show winner for his painting "In Bvlag", and Jordi Alma Diaz, Director of the Barcelona Academy of Art. Each winner was individually presented with their award and the exhibiting artists were also called up as a group for a photograph and round of applause. The show will remain on view at the MEAM (C/ Barra de Ferro 5, 08003, Barcelona, Spain) until March 31st, 2019. 

To learn more about the exhibition visit our 13th ARC Salon Exhibition Page.


Moroni: The Riches of Renaissance Portraiture

Published on February 15, 2019

Moroni: The Riches of Renaissance Portraiture will be the first major exhibition in the United States to focus on the portraiture of Giovanni Battista Moroni (1520/24–1579/80). A painter of portraits and religious subjects, Moroni is celebrated as an essential figure in the northern Italian tradition of naturalistic painting that includes Leonardo da Vinci, the Carracci, and Caravaggio. This exhibition, to be shown exclusively at The Frick Collection, brings to light the innovation of the artist, whose role in a larger history of European portraiture has yet to be fully explored.

The exhibition runs from February 21, 2019 to June 2, 2019 at the Frick Collection 1 East 70th Street, New York, NY 10021.

To learn more, click here.

For more events please visit the ARC Calendar

ARC Visions 2019

Published on February 14, 2019

Arcadia Contemporary and the Art Renewal Center are proud to present "ARC Visions 2019," a group exhibition featuring the prestigious winners of the "Arcadia Contemporary Award" from the 13th Annual International ARC Salon. The ARC Salon is an internationally revered competition that attracts submissions from some of the finest realist painters in the world.

The opening reception takes place on Saturday, February 16, 2019 from 6 pm to 8 pm,  The show runs from February 16 - March 2, 2019 at the Arcadia Contemporary, 39 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91105.

For more information, click here

For more events, please visit the Events calendar.

Da Vinci Initiative Open House

Published on February 11, 2019

The Da Vinci Initiative is celebrating the opening of their new studio space.

The event will be held on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at 6 PM – 8 PM at 930 Newark Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07306-6301.

For more information and to attend the event, click here.


Berthe Morisot, Woman Impressionist

Published on February 8, 2019

Berthe Morisot, Woman Impressionist focuses on the artist’s treatment of the modern figure through approximately 70 paintings from public and private collections around the world. A timely reevaluation of Morisot’s legacy, this exhibition is the first dedicated presentation of her work to be held in the United States since 1987, the very first solo exhibition of her work in Canada, and the first time since 1941 that a French national museum will devote a show exclusively to this founding members of the French Impressionist movement.

The exhibition runs from February 24 - May 26, 2019 at the Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 North Harwood, Dallas, Texas 75201. 

To learn more, please click here.

For more information, please visit our events calendar.

Bouguereau & America

Published on February 8, 2019

Bouguereau & America showcases more than forty masterful paintings by the French academic painter William-Adolphe Bouguereau. The exhibition explores the artist’s remarkable popularity throughout America’s Gilded Age, from the late 1860's to the early 1900's. As the first major exhibition on the artist since the 1980's, Bouguereau & America will offer fresh perspectives on works that form the backbone of many museum collections.

The exhibition runs from 2/15/2019 to 3/12/2019 at the Milwaukee Art Museum, 700 N Art Museum Dr, Milwaukee, WI 53202. 

To learn more about this exhibition, please click here

For more exhibitions, please visit our events calendar

Ken Salaz Book

Published on February 6, 2019

ARC Living Master™ Ken Salaz will be releasing a new book this March titled Landscapes in Oil.

Landscapes in Oil is the first-ever comprehensive guide to classical landscape painting reinterpreted for the twenty-first century.

Drawing from the tradition established by American painters of the Hudson River School--artists like Thomas Cole, Frederic Church, and George Inness--author and painter Ken Salaz reveals great masters' philosophy and methods, updating their approaches for the contemporary landscape painter. Beginning painters are given the basic tools and step-by-step demonstrations, intermediate painters are challenged with unpublished techniques that allow them to break through to the next level, and advanced painters learn to apply their skills under unified theories.

"Practical as it is, Ken Salaz’s handsome new book is more than a how-to manual.  First, it shows us how the contemporary classical landscapist’s technical process crystallizes the profound beliefs of the Transcendentalists and Hudson River School artists who have so inspired Salaz. Second, he highlights the primacy of “contemplative painting,” of creating scenes that are not only beautiful and well made, but also able to bring the artist and the viewer to a higher plane.  For these reasons alone, this is book is another important step in the revival of tradition-minded art in North America over the last three decades..." - Peter Trippi

The book can be purchased at the following links:

Video Interview with Vicki Sullivan

Published on February 5, 2019

ARC Associate Living Master™ Vicki Sullivan has recently conducted a video interview with Emilio Longo, Visual Arts Teacher and author of Skill-Based Art: A Learning Resource for Art Students and Artist-Teachers.
The interview delves into Vicki's journey as an artist from childhood to her two semesters of training at the Angel Academy of Art.

To watch the video, click here.
For more podcasts and videos visit ARC Videos and Podcasts.

New ARC Associate Living Master

Published on February 1, 2019

ARC is pleased to welcome Stephen Jesic as our newest ARC Associate Living Master™.

Stephen has been an artist from his youth, and it has been now more than twenty years since he was able to devote his life full-time to painting. During that time he has exhibited extensively in his native Australia, and become celebrated not only for his extraordinary depictions of wildlife, but for his phenomenal technique in bringing animals to life.

To view his gallery on ARC, please click here


Jacob Collins Podcast

Published on January 31, 2019

Emilio Longo, Visual Arts Teacher and author of Skill-Based Art: A Learning Resource for Art Students and Artist-Teachers has recently conducted a podcast interview with ARC Living Master Jacob Collins.
Among the topics discussed are Jacob's inspiration and training, the schools he founded, as well as an in-depth conversation about the revival of traditional realism and it's future.
To listen to the podcast, please click here.   
For more podcasts and videos visit ARC Videos and Podcasts.  

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