Art Renewal Center

Leading the Revival of Realism

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 our 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. Read the ARC Philosophy written by ARC Chairman, Frederick C. Ross, to learn why ARC is so passionately dedicated to representational art.

15th International ARC Salon Exhibition

15th International ARC Salon Exhibition

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ARC Salon Exhibition Dates Announced Published on 15 April, 2021

The 15th ARC Salon Exhibition will be on view at Sotheby’s NY, 1334 York Ave, New York City from July 16 – July 26 of this year with a public opening on July 17th. RSVPs will be required in order to keep visitor flow within CDC guidelines. Guests will be able to sign up for a time slot via the ARC website. We will start accepting RSVPs from the general public starting June 1. The traveling exhibition as a whole will consist of 103 works, with 63 of these works being available for sale and 91 of these works being showcased at our New York City venue. 

On July 24th, ARC will partner with Fashion Week San Diego, (FWSD), California’s largest traditional fashion week, to present “The Art & Beauty Behind Fashion” at Sotheby’s NY, where FWSD designers have been paired with nine winning works from the ARC Salon Competition to create original couture looks inspired by the paintings.  The exhibition will then continue on to the European Museum of Modern Art, (MEAM) in Barcelona, Spain, from October 8 – December 12th,  2021, where it will hang alongside the MEAM’s representational painting and sculpture competition, Figurativas. A joint award ceremony will be held on October 8th at the MEAM. 

To view a complete list of participating works visit the ARC Salon Exhibition Page.

More exciting announcements, RSVP sign ups, and a full list of works available for sale to follow in the coming weeks.

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The ARC Museum is the largest online museum dedicated completely to realist art work. It contains tens of thousands of images by thousands of artists and includes works by 19th century and old master artists through our general search pages, as well as 21st century realist works by our ARC Affiliated Artists™.

Our news section consists of two parts, the first being our News Blog where we post daily to keep our viewers informed on relevant topics about realist art and the second is our Events Calendar which is an interactive calendar listing of all the exciting realist art events taking place around the world including: exhibitions, lectures, open houses, competitions, artist demonstrations, video and podcast releases, publication releases, enrollment dates and more. The calendar can also be viewed in three ways, as a calendar, a general listing, or as a world map.


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As a non-profit educational foundation, education is one of our primary goals. Here is where you can find our ARC Approved™ School listing, ARChives where we have our articles, letters and more, The Da Vinci Initiative which focuses on skill-based learning in K-12 classrooms, artist interviews, artist demonstrations, podcasts, self help books and more.

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Find out more about the ARC and its staff. Learn about our mission and ARC philosophy. Find information on ARC Allied Organizations and how to contact us.


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View the results of past and current ARC competitions or submit your entries here. The ARC holds two types of competitions. The ARC Scholarship Competition, held every May, gives thousands of dollars in direct financial aid to students attending ARC Approved Schools. The International ARC Salon, the most prestigious realist art competition in the Americas and perhaps the world, offers over $100,000 in cash awards and International recognition through partnerships with prestigious magazines, galleries, museum exhibitions, and a strong online presence.

Help support the ARC by purchasing fine art prints, books, DVDs, or more. Here you will also find information on image usage and advertising rates.

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April 15, 2021

Added a new image of Alice in a White Hat by Lilla Cabot Perry.
Added a new image of The Silver Vase by Lilla Cabot Perry.