Internationally-Renowned Realist Art Exhibition Opens in New York City

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13th International ARC Salon Exhibition opens September 21st at the Salmagundi Club in New York City.

"Me Too" by Janne Kearney

The Art Renewal Center (ARC), a non-profit educational foundation dedicated to realist art and skill-based training techniques in the visual arts, is proud to announce the 13th International ARC Salon Exhibition. The show will consist of 89 Contemporary Realist works selected from 3,750 entries representing 69 countries. The most prestigious realist art competition in the Americas and perhaps the world, the International ARC Salon offers over $100,000 in cash awards, as well as international recognition through partnerships with prestigious magazines, galleries, museum exhibitions, and a strong online presence.

The ARC Salon Exhibition will be on view at the Salmagundi Club (47 Fifth Ave., New York, NY) from September 21—October 2, 2018. All press is welcome to attend the public opening event is on Saturday, September 22nd from 11am – 3pm. Entry is free.

The exhibition will then be on view again at Sotheby’s Los Angeles (2029 Century Park E. #2950, Los Angeles, CA) from December 4—13, 2018. The opening reception will be on December 4th from 6pm—8pm. Entry is free. All press are welcome to attend.

The final stop for the live exhibition will be at the MEAM Museum (C/ Barra de Ferro 5 Barcelona, Spain) from February 8—March 31, 2019 with the ARC Award Ceremony and Opening Ceremony on February 8th, 2018 starts at 7pm.

Top awards included in the exhibition are the Best in Show, which was awarded to Ming Yu for his painting In Bvlag; The William Bouguereau Award was awarded to Katsu Nakajima for his painting Woman in the Forest; First Place Figurative, which went to Lauren Tilden for her workJarius’ Daughter; First Place Imaginative Realism, which went to The Night Mare by Gerald Brom; First Place Portraiture, which went to Jie Cai for his painting Flower Language; First Place Landscape, which went to Light, Sea, Earth and Sky by Joseph McGurl; First Place Animals, which went to Julie Bell for her painting Speak Softly; First Place Sculpture, which went to Benjamin Victor for his sculpture The Angel; First Place Drawing went to The Rise by Yoann Lossel; First Place Still Life, which went to Alejandro Rosemberg for his painting Samara Series – Vanitas II; and The Da Vinci Initiative Award for the Young Aspiring Artist, which went to 17-year-old Iris Liu for Her Familiars.

Kara Lysandra Ross, Chief Organizer of the exhibition and Co-Chair/Chief Operating Officer of the Art Renewal Center, says, “Realism in the visual arts is something inherent to human existence. From the earliest beginnings of humanity, our species had an innate desire to depict the world around them and express what it is to be human through realistic imagery. From the first cave man drawings, to Ancient Rome and the High Renaissance, all the way through to the 19th century, realism was the chief form of artistic expression. The onset of Modernism and its ideology almost destroyed thousands of years of the accumulated realist art training and knowledge. This knowledge was preserved through the work and dedication of a handful of artists who continued to train in this style. There has been a shift back towards realist art in the past 30 years and it is an expanding movement. The Art Renewal Center promotes the idea that realism captures the contemporary way of life, and is both self-explanatory and timeless. It is a unique form of communication that is universally understood by people of all races and nationalities for generations to come.”

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