Posts for April, 2020

April 2020

Contemporary American Luminism, Journey Through Time and Space

Published on April 29, 2020

Contemporary American Luminism, Journey Through Time and Space, is a stunning exhibition of oil paintings by ARC Living Master Joseph McGurl. The exhibition will be available online with private viewings available by appointment. The exhibition will continue in their Nantucket, New York, and Palm Beach galleries over the next year.

The show will open with a virtual tour and artist talk on Thursday, April 30, 2020 at 7pm.

To view the exhibition, please visit

Searching for Connection Virtual Exhibition

Published on April 29, 2020

The Guild of Boston Artists, an ARC Allied organization, has an exclusive virtual exhibition on their site titled "Searching for Connection" which ends on May 8, 2020.

This exhibition brings together paintings and sculptures by Guild members that meditate on connection and express through art the wonder of being a part of humanity, collectively thinking of and being inspired by one another and the places we call home in this moment.

Please click here to view the exhibition. 

Image - Firefly by William Bartlett

Stuart Dunkel in Forbes Magazine and Rehs Gallery Exhibition

Published on April 27, 2020

ARC Living Artist Stuart Dunkel's solo exhibition is now virtual on the Rehs Gallery website. A|MUS|E features 40 new works by Stuart that are designed to entertain and amuse the viewer.

To view the virtual exhibition, click here

He was also recently featured in Forbes Magazine earlier this month. The article details Stuart's inspiration behind his two of his whimsical works.

To read the Forbes article, please click here

Image shown - "In the Lab" by Stuart Dunkel

Art Talk with Mitch Shea

Published on April 27, 2020

The Florence Academy of Art Collective on Patreon has posted a free art talk with Mitch Shea, the director of FAA's sculpture program.

Mitch discusses his artistic inspiration for his work "River God".

To watch the interview, click here.

Florence Classical Arts Academy Videos

Published on April 24, 2020

The ARC Approved Florence Classical Arts Academy has recently posted 3 video lectures about composition in painting. Professors generously share their experience and professional secrets, helping students to develop their artistic taste and skills. 

To watch the videos, click here

Fine Art Connoisseur Videos

Published on April 22, 2020

Fine Art Connoisseur has recently posted two videos on YouTube to help artists, collectors, and galleries deal with COVID-19.

A profile of Rehs Gallery and an interview with Jean Stern are featured on the channel.

Streamline Videos

Published on April 21, 2020

Along with the Artist a Day series, Streamline Videos has released interviews on their website to help artists and galleries navigate the coronavirus pandemic.

Survival Strategies For Artists and Galleries with B. Eric Rhoads and Jay Abraham delves into why certain artists and galleries are now out of business and why others are surviving.

Click here to watch. 

New Article on ARC - Is the Next Michelangelo Among Us?

Published on April 22, 2020

ARTDATAintel is a comprehensive, insightful Art Intelligence database that helps collectors make smarter, more informed art investments while inspiring artists to define winning strategies in the marketplace.

Mauricio Gonzalez, creator of ARTDATAintel, has identified the thirteen ARC salon artists that have won the most awards and may end up being the most valuable artists to collect in the Contemporary Realist Movement.

To read the article, click here.


New ARC Associate Living Master

Published on April 20, 2020

ARC is pleased to welcome Alana Knuff as an ARC Associate Living Master!

The analytical and artistic shape of her life were influenced by her mother, a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Art, and her father, an engineer from Case Western Reserve. She excelled in life drawing in college and graduated with a degree in mathematics. Alana followed a career as Capital Project Manager directing the design and construction of buildings for Harvard University and the University of Texas. Often, she found time to create pastel portraits and pen and ink renderings. In 2007, Alana joined a group of artists painting en plein air in Italy. Soon after she retired and focused full time on her art.

To see Alana's gallery on ARC, please click here.

How to Study Anatomy Video

Published on April 20, 2020

On Friday April 10, 2020 the ARC Approved Barcelona Academy of Art held a webinar for the benefit of their students during the COVID-19 lockdown. The lecture is by Christian Bull, Director of ScreenclayFX and lecturer at the Barcelona Academy of Art. Helpful tips about how to study anatomy are presented.

To watch the video, click here.

ARC Scholarship Competition Postponed

Published on April 17, 2020

Due to COVID-19 with such uncertainty and with so many ARC Approved Schools currently not in session, the Art Renewal Center will not be accepting entries to the 2020 ARC Scholarship Competition this May. We know that although there are a number of ARC Approved Schools who have successfully been able to move to an online format or offer other online instruction, many of our smaller schools are not prepared to have their students enter the ARC Scholarship Competition at this time. We feel that a delay in the scholarship competition will result in a more fair competition where all ARC Approved Schools and their students will have the opportunity to participate. We have yet to decide when we will be accepting entries to the 2020 scholarship competition. More information will be announced once we have a clearer picture as to when schools can reopen.

On the other hand, the 15th International ARC Salon Competition is running on schedule. We are currently accepting entries and will continue to do so through August 14th, 2020. To read the prospectus and to enter the International ARC Salon, visit the ARC Salon Entry Pages.

20th ARC Salon Scholarship
Third Place Winner
Mantle by Rohini Sen

Paul Ingbretson - Broken Color

Published on April 13, 2020

Paul Ingrebtson, head of the ARC Approved Ingbretson Studio of Drawing and Painting has released a new video titled "Broken Color".  Ingbretson discusses the use of broken color and showing it as a sound color ‘search’ methodology as well as a way of getting greater vibrancy in paintings.

To watch the video, please click here


New Skill-Based Art Podcasts

Published on April 8, 2020

Skill-Based Art: A Learning Resource for Art Students & Artist-Teachers has recently republished two video interviews.

An interview conducted in 1990 with Richard Lack, the founder of the contemporary atelier movement, is now available to view.  The interview took place in Mr. Lack's hometown of Minnesota and in it, he discusses his former school, Atelier Lack, and his approach to painting various subjects including, still life, landscape, genre and imaginative painting.

Click here to watch the interview.  

Another interview was recorded in 1993 and features Classical Realist painter and ARC Living Master, Steven Levin, speaking of the teaching methodology and curriculum carried out in Atelier LeSueur, as well as explaining the processes used in the creation of his own paintings.

To view this interview, click here.  

Last Minute Michelangelo

Published on April 7, 2020

Right before the Getty Museum closed it's doors due to COVID-19, the staff made a few videos of the exhibition, Michelangelo: Mind of the Master.

The Getty Museum invites everyone to watch these videos and view other materials relating to the exhibition.

Click here to learn more.

ARC Salon in Realism Today

Published on April 7, 2020

Eight works from the drawing category from the 14th ARC Salon have been featured in Realism Today, an online weekly publication about the realist art movement.

To read the article and see the eight works featured, click here

Free Online Lectures from FCAA

Published on April 6, 2020

The Florence Classical Arts Academy is offering free online lectures and resources to art students all over the world while everyone is indoors due to the coronavirus.

To view the videos, visit FCAA's YouTube page.  


Your Best Painting Virtual Exhibition

Published on April 3, 2020

Your Best Painting is a virtual exhibition of contemporary representational art organized by the Artelibre Gallery in Zaragoza, Spain. The online exhibit is a tribute to contemporary representational art and the ways it can connect and inspire us, especially during our time in isolation.

To view the exhibition, please click here

The Red Gourd of the Day by Katsu Nakajima 
Collection of the Art Renewal Center

Storytellers Exhibition

Published on April 2, 2020

Storytellers is an exhibition that celebrates artworks with narrative, that allow for a dialogue between artist and viewer, highlighting the seen and unseen.These artworks include subtle references to artist's personal lives, culture, political or social issues. Curated on technical skill, perceptual strength and executed with realist precision, this exhibition brings together artist's from around the globe including from the USA, India, Ireland and Australia .ARC Associate Living Masters Arina Gordienko and Vicki Sullivan are among the participating artists.

Co-curated by Dr Elaine Schmidt (USA) of the Bennett Collection of Women Figurative Realists, independent curator Didi Menendez (USA) and FLG Director Claire Harris, Story Tellers tells the story of us, in all our diversity.

To view the exhibition online, please click here


Call For Entries ARC Salon

Published on March 31, 2020

The Art Renewal Center is now accepting entries to the 15th International ARC Salon Competition. The top award this year is $25,000 for Best in Show and over 140 awards and honorable mentions are being given. 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, offering 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. The entry dates are April 1 – August 14th, 2020. Works entered into the ARC Salon Competition do not need to be available for sale, though there are sale opportunities for works that are. The competition is open to all representational artists worldwide.

To view the prospectus and to enter visit the ARC Salon Entry Pages.

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