Publisher Eric Rhoads Receives One Of The Art World's Top Honors

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B. Eric Rhoads, publisher of Fine Art Connoisseur magazine and sister publication PleinAir, was honored as a patron of the arts at the Florence Academy of Art's Beaux Arts Ball on November 6 in New York. Also receiving awards were patrons Christopher “Kit” Forbes and Judith Pond Kudlow, and leading realist artists Jacob Collins, Daniel Graves, and Stone Roberts.

B. Eric Rhoads, publisher of Fine Art Connoisseur magazine and sister publication PleinAir, was honored as a patron of the arts at the Florence Academy of Art's Beaux Arts Ball on November 6 in New York. Also receiving awards were patrons Christopher “Kit” Forbes and Judith Pond Kudlow, and leading realist artists Jacob Collins, Daniel Graves, and Stone Roberts.

Rhoads said, “I am delighted to be included among those honored as patrons at the Beaux Arts Balls in support of realism and classical techniques in the arts. I founded Fine Art Connoisseur in 2006 to support fine realist artists like those who teach and are learning these important techniques passed from generation to generation. I hope this event will be the first of many of its kind and encourage excellence in the arts.”

Rhoads is being honored for his tireless work in supporting and promoting the new realist movement in the fine arts, primarily through his commentary and influence in Fine Art Connoisseur magazine. Along with other projects, he writes a widely read blog for artists seeking marketing advice to help them support themselves through their work and produces instructional videos featuring fine artists working and teaching in the realist tradition. He has interviewed dozens of artists on video and, as part of Fine Art Connoisseur’s Portrait Project, has had his portrait painted by over two dozen leading artists including Richard Schmid, Daniel E. Greene, and the late Nelson Shanks.

The black tie Beaux Arts Ball, held at Cipriani 25 Broadway in New York, included a cocktail reception, dinner and the awards presentation, and a beaux arts costume parade with attendees dressed as historical artists, patrons, and characters from master paintings. A prize was awarded for the best costume.

Hundreds of young artists are now studying in schools like the Florence Academy of Art, which has branches in Sweden, the New York area, and of course in Florence. The Florence Academy trains its students to have a deep understanding of the works and methods of the Old Masters and to work in those time-honored techniques.

About B. Eric Rhoads
Eric Rhoads is a career entrepreneur, with 30 years of launching companies and media brands, creating startups, and building businesses, including over 40 years’ experience in the radio broadcasting field, 25 years in the publishing business, and a decade in the art industry. Rhoads serves as chairman of the board of Streamline Publishing, Inc., a company he founded in 1986. He also serves as a consultant and adviser to companies in art, traditional media, technology, and digital media. Streamline launched its first art magazine in 2006 and today publishes Fine Art Connoisseur and PleinAir magazines and multiple websites and e-newsletters. Streamline produces the annual Plein Air Convention, a gathering of outdoor artists; two annual Publisher’s Invitational events; the annual Art Cruise; and the PleinAir Salon art competition.

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