The Art Renewal Center® was founded in 1999 for the advancement of traditional and contemporary representational art. As a registered 501(c) 3 non-profit educational foundation and one of the internet's leading art resources, the ARC has become a central hub for the promotion of Contemporary Realism (Post-Contemporary Art) and the resurgence of skill-based training in the visual arts. ARC Approved™ atelier schools and workshops are amongst the most popular parts of the ARC website, having expanded exponentially since our first listing in 2002. Applications for ARC accreditation are reviewed year round. In addition to our daily blogs and weekly newsletter, the International ARC Salon Competition, dedicated to realist artists, is the largest and most prestigious in the USA and perhaps the world. Other features include the ARC's annual scholarship competition, which distributes $30,000 each year to students who attend ARC Approved™ schools, dozens of articles, essays and entire books that can be read online, both historical and contemporary, the most popular of which is the ARC Philosophy of Fine Art and Aesthetics. The ARC museum contains images by over 7,000 artists with over 80,000 images, many at high-resolution, including a growing number of 21st century artists in our Living Master and Artist's Gallery. Applications are welcome. Also visit us on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.
Our ARC Salon competition and works that appear on ARC in general are intended to promote the highest quality in realistic art. ARC believes highly in freedom of speech and we do not censor based on subject matter or political commentary. Works are chosen based on their overall power and technical achievement. The subject matter of the works in the ARC Salon competition and on the ARC website in general are not necessarily expressing the views of the ARC, its staff or management.
Founder and Chairman of the Art Renewal Center, Ross is the leading authority on William Bouguereau and co author of the recently published Catalogue Raisonné William Bouguereau: His Life and Works. Ross received his MA in art education from Columbia University. His speeches and essays are read by over 300,000 art professionals, educators, students and fans each year; and have become required reading in countless classrooms. Ross is also a well known collector of 19th century European painting and of Contemporary Realism as well. Art educator/lecturer; President of the Bouguereau Committee; art expert and collector, writer; artist; published art historian on the 19th Century; Salon and Scholarship judge.
Kara Lysandra Ross
ARC Chief Operating Officer
Chief Operating Officer for the Art Renewal Center and Chief Executive Officer for The Da Vinci Initiative, dedicated to introducing skill-based art education in public and private schools K-12, she was a Sotheby's intern and holds a BA in Art History from Drew University. As an art educator she is a contributing writer for Collection Magazine and Fine Art Connoisseur, and has been published frequently in other magazines and newspapers. She was the co-editor of the William Bouguereau Catalogue Raisonné and author of chapter 28 in the published second edition. She served on a panel focused on the future of representational art at The Realist Art Conference (TRAC) in 2014 and was the curator and chief organizer for the 2014/2015 International ARC Salon Live Exhibition. She is currently curating and organizing the 12th Annual ARC Salon Live Exhibition. She is an ARC Salon Judge, an Ani Academy Scholarship Judge for the past three years, and will be judging the South African Portrait Society Competition in March of 2017. She is also an expert on 19th century Academic French and English painting and is currently researching and writing the catalogue raisonné on Edmund Blair Leighton, for which she is accepted as the world authority, authenticating works by this artist for Sotheby's, Christie's, and Bonham's among others.
Iian Neill is an ARC founder and builder of both the original ARC website back in 1999 and its newly designed version to be unveiled in 2016. He holds a BA in Art History and English Literature from the University of Queensland, as well as a Postgraduate Certificate in IT from the same institution, and has over eight years' experience as an ASP.NET consultant. He has given presentations on art history to the University of the Third Age and delivered a lecture at the Salisbury Art Studios on the subject of imitation and art. He is also the founder and developer of an innovative art history project called The Codex, which visualises the connections between artists, artworks, and historical events.
ARC and Goodart Founder; Webmaster; Chief Moderator of ARC/Goodart Forum; Vice President of Engineering at CyberDefender
Director of Education
Certified K-12 art teacher, Co-President of the Washington Art Education Association, President of Da Vinci Initiative. She has completed more than four years of artistic study at the Aristides Atelier, Corry Studio of Figurative Art, and Mims Studios. She has over 7 years of classroom experience, and teaches professional development workshops for art teachers all over the United States.
ARC Ambassador for realist artists in China
As editor for the overseas edition of Collection Magazine, Hongbin Zhang collaborates with world famous art institutions, and in China there is a strong interest in realist art. He has engaged in international art communication and exchange activities since 1991, has led Chinese artists to participate in the Florence Biennale (Italy), Manchester International Festival (UK) and Gent Contemporary Art Festival (Belgium), as well as others. He activity communicates and interviews world famous artists, collectors and curators, bringing first-hand art information to Chinese artists and readers.
Chief Financial Officer
BS in accounting from St. John's University, MBA in Finance from Wagner College, worked as a financial analyst on Wall Street for major banking institutions
Chief Liaison for ARC Approved Schools and Artists/Museum Archivist
Associates Degree in Visual Communications from the Katherine Gibbs School, Website and Graphic Designer, Artist.
Media Coordinator and ARC Store/Web Assistant
Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design from Montclair State University. Graphic Designer.
Executive Assistant to ARC Chairman, Fred Ross. BA, AAS, in Professional Sciences from The Laboratory Institute of Merchandising.
Biographer - ARC Main Biographer
Manager of Photographic Resources
Author of The Seeds of the Pomegranate, and The Sorrell Ridge Cook Book. Sherry Ross has also been published in many poetry magazines including POET Magazine
BA in International Relations