American and European Contemporary Realists Join in Groundbreaking Collaborative International Art Exhibit

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The ARC Salon and Figurativas art competitions will exhibit together for the first time this November, bringing together one of the largest collaborative exhibits in contemporary realism to date.

The largest realist art competition in the United States, the Art Renewal Center’s International Salon, has announced its 2014/15 winners and finalists. This year there were over 2,500 entries and 789 finalists. The Art Renewal Center (ARC) is one of the nation’s strongest advocates for the traditional arts, and its annual ARC Salon provides a platform for realism that echoes the Paris salons of the 19th century.

For the first time, many of the top finalists will also be exhibited abroad in a traveling exhibit. The exhibit will start at the European Museum of Modern Art (MEAM) in Barcelona, Spain from November 17, 2015 through December 28, 2015. The public award ceremony will take place on November 20th at 19:00 hours (7pm), and a private artists’ forum will take place the following day. This exhibit will also correspond with the MEAM’s 8th Figurativas Painting and Sculpture Competition, Figurativas 2015, a prestigious European representational art competition. The combining of these two shows is a historic event for the representational art movement and will constitute one of the largest collaborative shows on contemporary realism in the Western world.

After the ARC Salon works are displayed at MEAM, they will travel back to the United States, where they will be exhibited at the Salmagundi Club in New York City from January 18, 2016 through February 4, 2016. There will be several lectures and educational events while the show is in New York including a collaboration with the art education non-profit organization, The Da Vinci Initiative. The mission of the Da Vinci Initiative is to bring skill-based techniques like those embodied by the works in the ARC Salon into K-12 classrooms. They are planning on holding a special forum for high-school students and teachers on the atelier training method and its benefits for those interested in pursuing a professional career in the arts. The selection process and updates on the show and events can be tracked on the Art Renewal Center website:

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