Art Renewal Center Announces First-of-its-Kind Virtual Exhibition with Sotheby’s New York

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World’s Largest Representational Art Competition Launches Virtual Exhibition Globally

Virtual ARC Salon Exhibition

“There is an inborn awe... an innate reverence when one feels they are looking at a real person or object standing before them that is in truth, nothing but paint and canvas, graphite and paper or even earthen minerals like clay or bronze transformed.” — Kara Lysandra Ross

Art Renewal Center (ARC), a non-profit educational foundation dedicated to skill-based training in the visual arts, announced today that despite being unable to show the 14th International ARC Salon Exhibition live at Sotheby’s NY as planned, they would not lose this opportunity to showcase the 21st Century Representational Art Movement to the world, partnering with Sotheby’s to launch their virtual salon exhibit at 70 of their exhibiting artists have participated in submitting video interviews about themselves and their works, that ARC has fully edited into short 40 second to 3 minutes mini-films. The videos and 99 works included in the exhibition come from around the world and collectively form a powerful story of the Representational Art Movement, totaling 2 hours of edited video footage! All this footage has been embedded directly into their newly designed digital catalog, creating a uniquely engaging virtual experience. Each artist is different, each story is different, but together they tell an overarching global story about the passion behind representational expression, life, and the human condition as reflected in the art itself. Starting as only a murmur in the early 1980s, the Representational Art Movement has now become an undeniable force in the contemporary world, with thousands of students, thousands of artists, and scores of organizations reclaiming artistic elegance with poetry and grace. The virtual exhibition will be presented worldwide at Sotheby' from July 13 to July 31, 2020. Click on any of the exhibition banners on the ARC website during the exhibition dates to view the virtual exhibition at

In addition, the virtual show includes 3 distinctive walkthrough exhibition spaces where viewers can view the curated show of all 99 works, a written interview with the chief organizer of the exhibition, ARC COO and Co-Chair, Kara Lysandra Ross as well as ARC Chairman, Frederick C. Ross, covering topics such as the importance of representational art and why it is a good investment and a short video capturing the core philosophy of the movement including live footage of the exhibition while it was on view at the European Museum of Modern Art (MEAM) in Barcelona, Spain this past winter.

The ARC has also partnered with Fashion Week San Diego® (FWSD), California’s largest traditional fashion week, to present “Art and Beauty Behind Fashion,” as part of this virtual event, where eight FWSD designers will debut their original couture outfits paired with and inspired by premier pieces from the 14th ARC Salon Competition, presented on socially distant models. The distinguished ARC Salon Competition is the largest in the world for representational art, receiving over 4,300 entries from 73 countries during the last cycle and spanning six continents. The eight winning paintings, paired with FWSD designers’ original looks, allows the artists to promote Contemporary Realism to a wider audience and expose the Representational Art Movement to top fashion designers around the world. In addition, this will allow FWSD designers to gain exposure to top art collectors and influencers around the world, creating an ideal partnership.

“There is an inborn awe... an innate reverence when one feels they are looking at a real person or object standing before them that is in truth, nothing but paint and canvas, graphite and paper or even earthen minerals like clay or bronze transformed.” Says Kara Lysanrda Ross, Co-Chair / COO of the Art Renewal Center. “Humanity has always had an innate desire to tell stories. Even before recorded history, we know story telling was used to pass knowledge from one generation to the next. It is a unique characteristic of our species, to tell stories. When someone asks, ‘how was your day today’, the response is usually a story of its own, of what we did or what we saw and heard... and through this storytelling comes the visual arts. From ancient cave drawings to Ancient Rome and the High Renaissance humanity continues to create visual representations of the world. A record of time, place, culture and the human mind interpreted though individual perspective. To human beings, this is an elevated form of primal communication, one that is protected and cherished in museums across the globe. Universally recognized as some of humankind’s greatest achievements. The techniques used to create representational works, like those studied and used by the old masters, almost forgotten in the 20th century are once again thriving.”

About Art Renewal Center
Leading the revival of realism in the visual arts, the Art Renewal Center (ARC), a 501(c)(3), non-profit, educational foundation, hosts the largest online museum dedicated to representational art and includes works by the old masters, 19th century, and 21st Century Artists as well as articles, letters and other online resources. The ARC is the foremost and only vetting service for representational art schools ensuring that the teaching curricula and quality of teacher and student work meet their strict standards to become ARC Approved™. The ARC also runs the ARC Salon Competition, which is the largest and most prestigious competition in the world for realist artists painting, sculpting and drawing today with eleven categories and thousands of works competing, culminating in a traveling live exhibition of many of the winning works. The ARC works with other ARC Allied Organizations™, artist groups, museums, and publications to become a central news hub for the 21st Century Representational Art Movement. For more information, visit

About Sotheby’s
Sotheby’s has been uniting collectors with world-class works of art since 1744. Sotheby’s became the first international auction house when it expanded from London to New York in 1955, the first to conduct sales in Hong Kong in 1973, India in 1992 and France in 2001, and the first international fine art auction house in China in 2012. Today, Sotheby’s has a global network of 80 offices in 40 countries and presents auctions in 10 different salesrooms, including New York, London, Hong Kong and Paris. Sotheby’s BidNow program also allows visitors to view all auctions live online and place bids from anywhere in the world. Sotheby’s offers collectors the resources of Sotheby’s Financial Services, the world’s only full-service art financing company, as well as the collection, artist, estate & foundation advisory services of its subsidiary, Art Agency, Partners. Sotheby’s presents private sale opportunities in more than 70 categories, including S|2, the gallery arm of Sotheby's Global Fine Art Division, and three retail businesses: Sotheby’s Wine , Sotheby’s Diamonds, and Sotheby’s Home, the online marketplace for interior design. For more information, visit

About Fashion Week San Diego
Fashion Week San Diego® (FWSD) is an annual bi-national event, comprised of a Fall Runway Show, and a series of exclusive events throughout San Diego County and New York. Launched by San Diego fashion Entrepreneur Allison Andrews in the fall of 2008 and operated by GFASH Designer Gwen Bates, FWSD is designed to grow the developing local retail industry and serve as a launching pad for emerging designers. FWSD breaks the traditional industry molds by connecting consumers directly with designers through annual events, social media and sales opportunities. For more information, visit

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