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.

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New ARC Associate Living Master Published on 21 August, 2019

ARC is pleased to welcome Matthew James Collins as a new ARC Associate Living Master™.

Matthew James Collins was nurtured in an artistic family. His enthusiasm for art was encouraged from the earliest age. By his early teens, his study of drawing had already begun under the tutelage of his father, James Edward Collins, an award-winning architect.

For over 20 years, Matthew has been living in Italy studying and researching the classical techniques painting and sculpture. He shares his acquired knowledge through his teaching studio in Florence, Italy.

To see his gallery on ARC, please click here.  


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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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August 21, 2019

Added Love by Gustave Klimt.
Added a new image of Fable by Gustave Klimt.
Added a new image of Portrait of Sonja Knips by Gustave Klimt.
Added a new image of Elysian Fields by Carlos Schwabe.
Added a new image of Maternity by Carlos Schwabe.

August 20, 2019

Added Geese by Elihu Vedder.
Added Study by Harold Speed.
Added a new image of Sin by Franz von Stuck.
Added a new image of Wounded Amazon by Franz von Stuck.
Added a new image of Cypress and Poppies by Elihu Vedder.
Added a new image of The Keeper of the Threshold by Elihu Vedder.
Added a new image of The Lair of the Sea Serpent by Elihu Vedder.
Added a new image of Mosaic of Minerva Mural by Elihu Vedder.
Added a new image of John Edward Redmond, M.P. by Harold Speed.

August 19, 2019

August 15, 2019

August 14, 2019

August 13, 2019

Added Dieppe by John Lavery.
Added Finale by John Lavery.
Added a new image of Boating on the Thames by John Lavery.
Added a new image of The Bridge at Grez by John Lavery.
Added a new image of The Chess Players by John Lavery.

August 12, 2019

Added Adieu by John Lavery.
Added Alice by John Lavery.
Added a new image of Sea Cove by Albert Bierstadt.
Added a new image of Mountain Scene by Albert Bierstadt.
Added a new image of The Dance Class by Edgar Degas.
Added a new image of At the Milliner's by Edgar Degas.
Added a new image of The Dancing Class by Edgar Degas.