I want to thank you for all of the hard work and dedication that has gone into the ARC Competition and Traveling Exhibition. Since winning my award, I have acquired seven new painting commissions! The work that you are doing for the new realism movement is making it possible for artists to learn, grow and thrive in their careers. I am sure I speak for all realist painters and sculptors when I say we appreciate you all so much! - Alex Bauwens - award winning artist