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Fred Ross ARC Chairman

Fred Ross

Founder and Chairman of the Art Renewal Center®, Ross is the leading authority on William Bouguereau and co-author of the 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. He has given lectures and speeches at prominent venues including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Sotheby’s NY, The Dahesh Museum, NY, the Berkshire Museum, MA, The Wadsworth Athenaeum, CT, the MEAM Museum, Barcelona, as well as university campuses among other venues. Ross is also a well-known collector of 19th Century European painting and of Contemporary Realism, being published in numerous magazine and newspaper articles including Forbes Magazine and Fine Art Connoisseur among others. Ross has also been a frequent Juror in numerous competitions and is an ARC Salon and ARC Scholarship judge.

 

Kara Lysandra Ross ARC Co-Chair and Chief Operating Officer

Kara Lysandra Ross

Kara Lysandra Ross is the Co-Chair and Chief Operating Officer for the world-renowned Art Renewal Center® (ARC). She holds a BA in Art History from Drew University. As an art educator she has been a contributing writer for Collections Magazine, and Fine Art Connoisseur, and has been published frequently in other magazines and newspapers. She was the co-editor of the William Bouguereau Catalogue Raisonné and author of chapter 28 in the published second edition. In her role at the ARC she spearheaded the introduction of the live exhibition associated to the ARC Salon Competition which has traveled to prestigious venues such as Sotheby’s NY, Sotheby’s LA, The European Museum of Modern Art (MEAM) and the Salmagundi Club, serving as chief organizer and curator. She is an ARC Salon Juror, and has served as juror in other competitions for organizations such as the 2nd Velázquez Painting & Sculpture competition, China, the South African Portrait Society, International Guild of Realism, IX Arts, and the Ani Academy. She is also an expert on 19th century Academic French and English painting, co-authoring William Bouguereau: The Essential Works and is currently researching and writing the catalogue raisonné on Edmund Blair Leighton, for which she is accepted as the world authority, authenticating works by this artist for Sotheby's, Christie's, and Bonham's among others.

Dr. Vern Swanson

Dr. Vern Swanson

Swanson has his PhD from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, England and was the Director of the Springville Museum of Art, Utah, where he has served for over 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

Michael John Angel

Michael John 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 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.

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Juliette Aristides

Juliette Aristides

Juliette Aristides is an ARC Living Master™ and founding member of the Water Street Atelier with Jacob Collins, Aristides is a recipient of the Elisabeth Greenshields Grant; and founded the Classical Atelier at Gage Academy of Fine Art in Seattle, Washington. She has authored three books, Classical Drawing Atelier, Classical Painting Atelier, and Lessons in Classical Drawing, which includes an instructional DVD and quickly became a best seller. Her books have become well received guidelines for drawing and painting.

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Daniel Graves

Daniel Graves

Daniel Graves is an ARC Living Master™. He was a student of Richard Serrin at the Villa Schifanoia Graduate School of Fine Art, and studied under Nerina Simi, daughter of the Florentine painter, Filadelfo Simi, a student of Gérôme. Daniel Graves went on to found The Florence Academy of Art in 1991, where he still serves as the Academic Director. In April 2008 Daniel Graves and The Florence Academy of Art received the Excellence in Art Education Award from the Portrait Society of America. The academy’s programs in Florence, Sweden and the U.S. are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

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Anthony Waichulis

Anthony Waichulis

Anthony 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 international Academies in Anguilla, The Dominican Republic, Thailand and Sri Lanka.

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Patrick Wilshire

Patrick Wilshire

Patrick Wilshire is the Director of the Association of Fantastic Art, dedicated to the promotion, recognition and elevation of the art of imaginative realism. This genre includes works that were heavily influenced by the storytelling paintings of the 19th century; artists such as Burne-Jones and John William Waterhouse. It is the organization behind the groundbreaking IlluXCon symposium started in 2008, and the Illustration Exchange, the online nexus for collectors of original paintings, drawings and sculpture from this style of realist art. In addition he is the author of Visions of Never: The Collection of Fantastic Art, (2009), The Art of the Dragon: The Definitive Collection of Contemporary Dragon Paintings (2012), and the History of Imaginative Realism. He was also honored to be the guest curator of AT THE EDGE: Art of the Fantastic, mounted at the Allentown Art Museum, PA, in June of 2012.

B. Eric Rhoads

B. Eric Rhoads

B. Eric Rhoads is the Founder and Chairman of Streamline Publishing, Inc., publisher of Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine, which provides art collectors and enthusiasts with in-depth editorial coverage of historical and contemporary representational art authored by well-known experts. Rhoads also publishes PleinAir, a magazine focused on representational landscape painting with in-depth coverage of historical and contemporary artworks painted en' plein air and in studio and the Plein Air Convention. The company also produces artist videos with many masters including ARC Living Master™ Max Ginsburg. Rhoads, an entrepreneur, founded the company in 1986 and produces other magazines and conferences. He is a well known author and blogger on art marketing, has released a DVD series for artists on art marketing, and is also a landscape and figurative painter.

Guest Jurors

Maudie Brady

Maudie Brady

Maudie Brady is the Principle Sculpture Instructor at the Florence Academy of Art (FAA) ’s campus in Florence, Italy, also serving as their Director of Anatomy and Ecorché. In 1995 she graduated from the University of Melbourne (Bachelor of Art) and the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (Bachelor of Fine Art -Sculpture) in 1998 before continuing on to receive her Figurative Sculpture Diploma at FAA with a student teaching scholarship.

Awards include The Society’s Prize for FACE2019, Joint Winner for the Tom Bass Prize 2016, Best Nude for her Life Size sculpture ‘Laura’ at the 12th International ARC Salon Competition, and Honorable Mentions for ‘Wounded Faun’, ‘Muninn’s Fate’, and ‘Forsaken Son’ in the 13th and 14th International ARC Salons. ‘Laura’ was purchased by Museo Europeo de Arte Moderno (‘MEAM’, Barcelona) in 2017 for their Permanent Collection.

Renée Bemis

Renée Bemis

Renée Bemis has served on the board of the Society of Animal Artists (SAA) for over 29 years with the last nine years serving as the President. She is currently​ a fellow member of the American Artists Professional League, and a distinguished member of the American Society of Marine Artists, and Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club. Renee has been a professional artist for 39 years. In 1994 Renée won her first monumental public commission "Returning on the Wings of Peace" a 16' foot sculpture depicting a Veteran with his child on his shoulders that was installed at the entrance of a Veteran's Hospital. In the ensuing years, Renée has created public monuments for Universities, Hospitals, Libraries, Parks, with one of her latest pieces being a memorial to the 9/11 Emergency Responders where Renée had steel from the North Tower as part of her design. She has won numerous awards including multiple “Best in Show”, “ Medal of Honor” and “President’s Awards” ​Renée’s sculptures have been acquired by museums for their permanent collection and are found in private collections around the world.

Arantzazu Martinez

Arantzazu Martinez

Arantzazu Martinez is a figurative oil painter and an ARC Living Master. After graduating Fine Arts in Spain she studied at the New York Academy of Art and the Water Street Atelier. She has since painted for Lucasfilm as part of the Star Wars Visions project, represented Spain in the Images of Russia project, and won Best in Show ARC 2015.

She is the co-founder and a principle instructor of Atelier Madrid. Motivated by experience, the Atelier Madrid has provided a space dedicated to teaching the classical process of drawing and painting in the traditional manner.

Her paintings are in the permanent collection of the European Museum of Modern Art and a number of top collections, including the Ibex Collection. She is an Ibex Master and will be exhibiting her personal masterpiece, after two and a half years of work on it, together with fifteen of the finest global contemporary figurative super-realist artists, at the Ibex Masters exhibition in New York in September 2019. Arantzazu is a passionate advocate for women in art and is a regular speaker on the issues faced by women seeking to build a career as a professional artist.

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Xu Mangyao

Xu Mangyao

Xu Mangyao is a leading figure in contemporary Chinese realistic painting and is one of the few teachers who actively advocates study and inherit excellence in classical paintings in modern China. He has promoted the development of realistic art worldwide, by hosting a series of Classical Painting Seminars with European classical painting masters such as Antonio Lopez-Garcia, Golucho, and Odd Nerdrum in Spain, Italy and China. Xu Mangyao, was born in 1945 and is a famous contemporary Chinese painter. In 1980, he received his MFA in painting from the China Academy of Art, and later became an instructor at the CAA painting department. In 1984, Xu Mangyao continued to advance his studies at the Acaddémie des Beaux-Arts, Paris France, with Professor Pierre Carron. From November 1991 to January 1993, he returned to France as a visiting scholar for academic exchange at the National Academy of Decorative Arts in Paris (École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs). In 1998, he began teaching at the Fine Arts College of Shanghai Normal University, and later became professor and dean of the Fine Arts College of Shanghai Normal University. Xu Mangyao holds the positions of Distinguished Professor and Ph. D. Tutor in the Shanghai Academy of Fine Arts. He has held individual exhibitions and joint exhibitions in China, Hong Kong, Macao, France, America, Britain, and Belgium. His works have been aquired by museums and collectors alike.

Leng Jun

Leng Jun

Leng Jun graduated from the Art Department of Hankou Branch of Wuhan Normal University. He is a Member of the China Artists Association, member of the China Oil Painting Art Committee, director of the China Oil Painting Society, researcher at the Oil Painting Institute of the National Academy of Painting of China, and judge of the 11th, 12th, and 13th National Art Exhibitions of China.

Qin Ming

Qin Ming

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Bridget MacAvoy

Bridget MacAvoy

Bridget MacAvoy is the founder and Head of the Arts Division at the MacAvoy Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving classical values in education and supporting exceptional contemporary artists. She founded the Arts Division in order to reward and promote artists whose timeless, masterful work bucks the trends of the mainstream contemporary art market. She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Rutgers University, holding degrees in English Literature and Russian Language and Literature, and has worked in publishing, education, and the arts in New York, Russia, and France.

Bai Yuping

Bai Yuping

Bai Yuping graduated from the Fine Arts Department of Minzu University of China in 1988. He is a member of the first advanced oil painting training class of the Central Academy of Fine Arts and is currently the director of the Oil Painting Creation Studio of the Beijing Academy of Fine Arts. Researcher of the China National Academy of Painting, national first-class artist, and director of the Chinese Oil Painting Society. Member of the Chinese Artists Association, member of the Mural Committee of the Chinese Artists Association, director of the Dongyi Art Museum, and president of the Tongdao Painting Association.

Thomas Kegler

Thomas Kegler

Thomas Kegler is an ARC Living Master as well as publisher, instructor, and accomplished educational film producer. He is regarded as one of the premiere landscape painters of today. Thomas’ growing volume of work, considered to be among the most influential of our time, embodies a confident humility obtained from a life spent outdoors. Thomas is a renowned art educator and champion of future artists, young and old. His work draws on the techniques and sensibilities of the Hudson River school, Tonalism and Lumanism movements of the mid-1800's. Each piece celebrates the grandeur and mystery of God's creation through careful attention to often-overlooked subtleties. His paintings are a “devotional” of hand, head, and heart that impart a universal quality… making the viewer feel he has been there and can relate to the image. He is recognized as a top artist among many national organizations and has been featured in various international art publications. Thomas' work has won numerous awards and has been showcased globally in galleries, museums, and collections from New York to Europe.

Julie Bell

Julie Bell

Julie Bell is an ARC Living Master™ who was born in Beaumont, Texas. A former competitive bodybuilder, her knowledge of anatomy has allowed her to imbue her figures of humans and animals with grace and strength. Julie's work in the fantasy and science fiction field has appeared on hundreds of book covers, comic books, trading cards, and various collectibles. Every year, she and her husband, Boris Vallejo, produce the highly anticipated Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell Fantasy Calendar published by Workman. Julie Bell should also be singled out as winning the most awards in any one competition ARC has ever held, in the 2012-2013 Salon winning First Place in the Imaginative Realist Category, First and Third Place in the Animal Category, and five additional recognitions.

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Jim McVicker

Jim McVicker

Born 1951 in Fontana, California, Jim McVicker has been a full-time artist since 1975. He has had more than 40 one person and group shows over the past 45 years including shows at the Irvine Museum of Art, Morris Graves Museum of Art Eureka, Shasta College Art Gallery, Spanierman Gallery, New York City, Humboldt State University, George Stern Gallery, Palm Desert, California, Gumps Gallery San Francisco, CA, Hackett Freedman Gallery San Francisco, CA and John Pence Gallery, San Francisco, CA. He works with a number of galleries in California, Oregon, Utah, Florida and Connecticut, a few of which include: Huse Skelly Gallery, Balboa, Illume Gallery West, in Phillipsburg, Montana, and J.M. Stringer Gallery, Vero Beach, Florida. He has numerous works in public collections and on public view in venues such as: the Irvine Museum of Art, Morris Graves Museum of Art, Hiram Johnson State Office Building, San Francisco, CA, the Beverly Hills Hotel, Ritz Carlton, Pasadena, CA., Exxon Corporation, Irving TX, Nagaragawa, Ramada Hotel, Gifu Japan, State of Wyoming, Douglas, WY, The Sutter Club, Sacramento, CA, and the Laguna Honda Hospital, San Francisco. His works have been published in numerous media outlets and books including: Painting California Seascape and Beach Towns by Jean Stern and Molly Siple, Plein Air Magazine, “Catching the Light,” North Coast Journal, Cover Story, by George Ringwald, “Art From the Parks,” by Rachel Rugin Wolfe, North Light Books, “The Artist and The American Landscape,” by John Driscoll and Arnold Skolnick, First Glance Books, Landscapes of the West, Phippen Museum of Western Art, Prescott, AZ., The Artists Magazine, American Artist Magazine, and Modern Impressionist Magazine.

Mary Pettis

Mary Pettis

Drawing upon her classical, alla prima, and plein air training, Mary Pettis’ work stands on the cutting edge of the International Contemporary Realism movement. Mary has won awards in national and international painting events and exhibitions from New York City to Scottsdale and Maui to Barcelona. In 2017, Mary became the 9th American woman painter to receive the designation ARC Living Master (ARCLM) by the Art Renewal Center®. She is a Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society (AIS), the American Society of Marine Artists (ASMA), and the Oil Painters of America (OPA). Her art has taken her to the far corners of the world: China, Russia, and much of Europe. She has exhibited widely, including the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, and collectors of her work reach across the globe. Mary divides her time equally between the studio and outdoors. Her decades of training and the experiences from hundreds of plein air paintings are a catalyst for a symbolic visual language of expression that celebrates the beauty, dignity and worth of this world and its inhabitants. Mary and her husband Randy live along the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway in Minnesota. Her work, along with information on galleries, exhibitions, and workshops can be found on her website at www.marypettis.com.

Annie Murphy-Robinson

Annie Murphy-Robinson

Annie Murphy-Robinson, was born July 14, 1967 in Sacramento CA. She has a MA in fine art from Sacramento State University and has been showing her work professionally for the last 19 years. She has created her own technique of drawing by sanding charcoal into paper. She has been using and perfecting this technique for the last 18 years. She teaches regular workshops both online and in person in Dallas, Sacramento, London and Italy. Robinson has been an art teacher at Adelante Continuation High School, CA for the past 18 years. She has shown her work both nationally and internationally and her work is in private and public collections including: the Art Renewal Center, the Count Ibex Collection, Museum of European Modern Art (MEAM) in Barcelona and the Haggin Museum).

Robinson has won an impressive number of awards. In the last five years alone she has won Best in Show at “Beautiful Bizarre” 2019, the Bouguereau prize and 1st place in drawing in the 14th International ARC Salon Competition as well as an ARC Purchase Award (2019/2020), Second Place in drawing in the 15th ARC Salon (2020/2021), and Second Place Drawing again in the 16th International ARC Salon with the work of “Lucid Dreaming”(Forward Back). She also won the grand prize for the Portrait Society of America (2021) and recently won the president’s award at the AWA Lifting the Sky juried art show. She has been showing regularly with Arcadia Contemporary, NYC, since 2017. Her work has appeared in various media outlets including: the Sacramento Bee, The Locator, WE tv, (now Amazon Prime), Million Dollar Listing New York, Art in the 21st Century, Natsoulas Press, Churn Magazine, American Art Collector cover and story, International Artists, Manifest India, “Strokes of Genius,” American Artist Magazine, and the Museum of European Modern Art’s 2021, “Women Painting Women”.

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