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Fred Ross ARC Chairman

Fred Ross

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.

Kara Lysandra Ross ARC Chief Operating Officer

Kara Lysandra Ross

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 regular columnist in the arts section of The Epoch Times and is a contributing writer forFine Art Connoisseur magazine. She was the co-editor of the William Bouguereau Catalogue Raisonnée and author of chapter 28 in the recently 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 also researching and writing the catalogue raisonnée on Edmund Blair Leighton, for which she is accepted as the world authority on the artist.

Dr. Vern Swanson

Dr. Vern Swanson

Swanson has his PhD from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, England and was the Director of the Springville Museum of Art, Utah, where he has served for over 30 years. He is a lecturer/scholar/writer and expert on 19th Century European Art and Russian Art through the 20th Century. Swanson is the leading authority on Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema and John William Godward and author of the Catalogue Raisonnés for both artists. In total, the number of books Swanson has published is well into the teens.

Peter Trippi

Peter Trippi

Former Director of the Dahesh Museum of Art, Trippi is now the Editor of Fine Art Connoisseur magazine, which provides art collectors and enthusiasts with in-depth editorial coverage of historical and contemporary representational art authored by well-known experts. Mr. Trippi is also the leading authority on John William Waterhouse (1849 - 1917) and the author of J.W. Waterhouse, which was published by Phaidon Press in 2002.

Michael John Angel

Michael John Angel

Michael John Angel is an ARC Living Master™ and regarded as one of the foremost figurative painters alive today; with his paintings hanging in both public and private collections on both sides of the Atlantic. From 1982 to 1988 he was the Director of the National Portrait Academy in Toronto, Canada, and from 1992 - 1995 the Assistant Director of the Florence Academy of Art in Florence, Italy. In 1997, his school, the Angel Academy was founded with the assistance of Lynne Barton. Angel Academy is now one of the most successful Atelier Schools in the world, requiring of its students the highest standards of traditional techniques.

Juliette Aristides

Juliette Aristides

Juliette Aristides is an ARC Living Master™ and founding member of the Water Street Atelier with Jacob Collins, Aristides is a recipient of the Elisabeth Greenshields Grant; and founded the Classical Atelier at Gage Academy of Fine Art in Seattle, Washington. She has authored three books, Classical Drawing Atelier, Classical Painting Atelier, and Lessons in Classical Drawing, which includes an instructional DVD and quickly became a best seller.Her books have become well received guidelines for drawing and painting.

Daniel Greene

Daniel Greene

Daniel Greene is is an ARC Living Master™ and a renowned portrait artist whose work can be found in more than 700 public and private collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian Institution and the White House. Greene was elected to the Pastel Society of America's Pastel Hall of Fame in 1983, and in 1995 received the American Society of Portrait Artists' John Singer Sargent award. In 2001 he was awarded the Gold Medal of the Portrait Society of America. Mr. Greene is the author of two definitive books, Pastel and The Art of Pastel which have been translated into English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, and Chinese. Articles about his work have appeared in numerous top rated magazines and newspapers, and he has also been featured on CNN, ABC, CBS, Fox News, New York 1, PBS, and NHK Japan television.

Jacob Collins

Jacob Collins

Jacob Collins is an ARC Living Master™ and a leading figure in the contemporary revival of classical painting. He earned a BA in history from Columbia College, attended the New York Studio School, the New York Academy of Art, and the Art Students League. As a student, Collins also copied extensively in museums in America and Europe. His work has been widely exhibited in North America and Europe and is included in several American museums. Collins is the founder of the Water Street Atelier, The Grand Central Academy of Art, and the Hudson River Fellowship.

Dr. Gregory S. Hedberg

Dr. Gregory S. Hedberg

Dr. Gregory S. Hedberg is the Director of the Department of European Art at the world renowned Hirschl & Adler Galleries in Manhattan. Hedberg received his B.A. in Art History from Princeton University and his Ph.D. from New York University. For 20 years he had a distinguished museum career as Lecturer and Fellow at The Frick Collection, New York; Curator of Paintings at The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minnesota; and was the former Chief Curator of the Wadsworth Athenaeum. In addition, he was the first professional Director of the New York Academy Of Art.

Dr. Gabriel Weisberg

Dr. Gabriel Weisberg

Dr. Gabriel Weisberg (PhD. The Johns Hopkins University) teaches courses for undergraduate and graduate students in Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century European Art for the University of Minnesota and is a world expert in French Naturalism. He is a writer, lecturer, and scholar. He curated the Illusions of Reality: Naturalist Painting, Photography and Cinema, 1875-1918 (The Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam and the Ateneum, Helsinki, Finland, 2010-11) and has been the recipient of major honors and awards in art history including having served as a Member of the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton), a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, a Senior Fellowship at CASVA (National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.) and Regents Professor, National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. He is the author of Against the Modern: Dagnan-Bouveret and the Transformation of the Academic Tradition, and a contributing writer to ARC.

Daniel F. Gerhartz

Daniel F. Gerhartz

Daniel F. Gerhartz is an ARC Living Master™ and has been featured in numerous publications including the hardbound book, Creative Oil Painting: Techniques from 15 Master Painters by Stephen Doherty. His teaching credentials include the Scottsdale Institute and his work is included in the permanent collection of the West Bend Art Museum in Wisconsin and the Huntsville Museum of Art in Alabama. He also won best in show in the first International ARC Salon.

Daniel Graves

Daniel Graves

Daniel Graves is an ARC Living Master™. He was a student of Richard Serrin at the Villa Schifanoia Graduate School of Fine Art, and studied under Nerina Simi, daughter of the Florentine painter, Filadelfo Simi, a student of Gérôme. Daniel Graves went on to found The Florence Academy of Art in 1991, where he still serves as the Academic Director. In April 2008 Daniel Graves and The Florence Academy of Art received the Excellence in Art Education Award from the Portrait Society of America. The academy’s programs in Florence, Sweden and the U.S. are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

B. Eric Rhoads

B. Eric Rhoads

B. Eric Rhoads is the Founder and Chairman of Streamline Publishing, Inc., publisher of Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine, which provides art collectors and enthusiasts with in-depth editorial coverage of historical and contemporary representational art authored by well-known experts. Rhoads also publishes PleinAir, a magazine focused on representational landscape painting with in-depth coverage of historical and contemporary artworks painted en' plein air and in studio and the Plein Air Convention. The company also produces artist videos with many masters including ARC Living Master™ Max Ginsburg. Rhoads, an entrepreneur, founded the company in 1986 and produces other magazines and conferences. He is a well known author and blogger on art marketing, has released a DVD series for artists on art marketing, and is also a landscape and figurative painter.

Patrick Wilshire

Patrick Wilshire

Patrick Wilshire is the Director of the Association of Fantastic Art, dedicated to the promotion, recognition and elevation of the art of imaginative realism. This genre includes works that were heavily influenced by the storytelling paintings of the 19th century; artists such as Burne-Jones and John William Waterhouse. It is the organization behind the groundbreaking IlluXCon symposium started in 2008, and the Illustration Exchange, the online nexus for collectors of original paintings, drawings and sculpture from this style of realist art. In addition he is the author of Visions of Never: The Collection of Fantastic Art, (2009), The Art of the Dragon: The Definitive Collection of Contemporary Dragon Paintings (2012), and the History of Imaginative Realism. He was also honored to be the guest curator of AT THE EDGE: Art of the Fantastic, mounted at the Allentown Art Museum, PA, in June of 2012.

Jeannie Wilshire

Jeannie Wilshire

Jeannie Wilshire is the Co-Director of the Association of Fantastic Art, dedicated to the promotion, recognition and elevation of the art of imaginative realism. The AFA is the organization behind the IX symposium, the annual celebration of imaginative realism (founded in 2008) and the IX Exchange, the online nexus for collectors of original paintings, drawings and sculpture from this style of realist art. In addition, she is the author and designer of Visions of Never: The Collection of Fantastic Art (2009) and the History of Imaginative Realism. She is also the designer of IlluXConcepts Volumes 1-5 and The Art of the Dragon: The Definitive Collection of Contemporary Dragon Paintings (2012). She was honored to be a guest curator of AT THE EDGE: Art of the Fantastic, which premiered at the Allentown Art Museum in June of 2012. She curated the infra:REAL - The Art of Imaginative Realism show for the Jonathan Levine Gallery in NYC, in August of 2015 and has been a collector with her husband, Pat, for over 15 years.

Anthony Waichulis

Anthony Waichulis

Anthony Waichulis is an ARC Living Master™ and is regarded as the premiere trompe l'oeil painter living today. Celebrated by critics and collectors alike, Waichulis' works have been published in nearly every major art publication worldwide. Anthony has exhibited in prominent venues such as the Smithsonian Institute, National Arts Club, Orlando Museum of Art, Butler Institute, The World Arts Museum in Beijing as well as many others. He is also the founder of the highly successful Waichulis Studio and in 2011 merged with the Ani Art Academies project of which he is co-founder and chief curriculum designer to form The Ani Art Academy Waichulis in Wilkes Barre, PA. Since then the Ani Art Academies project has seen the launch of two international Academies, Ani Art Academy Anguilla and Dominicana. Additional Academies using Waichulis' now celebrated curriculum are also scheduled to open in Thailand and Sri Lanka in 2016.

Guest Jurors

James Hastie

James Hastie

James Hastie is a Senior Director of Christie's with over 24 years' experience in the 19th Century European Paintings and Drawings department. Appointed a Director of Christie's London and Head of Christie's South Kensington's British and 19th Century European Paintings department in 2000, he was instrumental in the redevelopment and success of that sale site. In 2006, James joined the New York team as a Senior Specialist supporting all areas of the team's business-getting activities and appointed Head of 19th Century European Art in 2009. James has also been a Christie's sale and charity auctioneer for over 15 years.

Edward Duarde

Edward Duarde

Edward Duarde is the Academic Director and an Instructor at Masters of Plein Air Academy®, an ARC Approved™ Atelier emphasizing contemporary landscape and plein air painting. He also works as a professional artist and serves as the Director of Signature Services at California Plein Air Painters. His artwork has appeared in many national exhibits including the 2014 Best of America Exhibit, National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society; 2013 Landscapes, Seascapes and Urbanscapes National Exhibit, among others. His paintings have appeared in many prominent publications including National Parks Magazine, Art of the West Magazine, Southwest Art as well as an upcoming issue of PleinAir Magazine. Ed’s awards include the 2015 Art of the West Magazine Award of Distinction, CPAPA Signature Member Juried Competition; 2007 Silver Medal, Arts for the Parks National Competition and his artwork is included in the Arts in Embassies Registry, US State Department, Washington, DC. He is a Signature Member of the California Plein Air Painters, a former Signature Member of the American Society of Landscape Painters and has served on the Board of Directors of the National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society. He has had several solo exhibits and his artwork appears in many corporate and private collections around the world. He received his art education and was an Honors student at the Santa Fe University School of Art and Design, an Honors student at Monterey Peninsula College and studied plein air painting at the BJR Plein Air Academy in Monterey, California.

Mandy Hallenius

Mandy Hallenius

Mandy Hallenius is a certified K-12 art teacher and Co-President Elect of the Washington Art Education Association. She is the president and cofounder of the Da Vinci Initiative as well as a graduate of the four year program at the Aristides Atelier. She also studied classical drawing at the Corry Studio of Figurative Art and Mims Studios. She has 7+ years of classroom experience, and teaches professional development workshops for art teachers all over the United States.

Dan Thompson

Dan Thompson

Dan Thompson, an ARC Living Master, has won numerous awards including Grand Prize for Best of Show in the American Society of Portrait Artist’s International Portrait Competition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Erlebacher Award from the New York Academy of Art, two Ethel Lorraine Bernstein Memorial Awards for Excellence in Painting from the Corcoran School of Art, and two Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grants.

He co-founded two schools of Art in New York City: The Grand Central Academy of Art and the Janus Collaborative School of Art. Thompson has served on the MFA faculty of the New York Academy of Art for 15 years, the Art Students League of New York and is a senior faculty member of Studio Incamminati, School for Contemporary Realist Art in Philadelphia.

Vala Ola

Vala Ola

ARC Living Master™, Vala Ola, is an NSS - Elected Professional member of the National Sculpture Society and an International Guild of Realism (IGOR) - Charter Member. She was born and raised in Iceland. She has lived in the US since 1994. Her focus has always been the human figure. Graduating from the College of Hamrahlid, she furthered her studies at the Icelandic College of the Arts, and later graduated from The Arts Institute in Bournemouth, England. Her classical training in Europe is reflected in her art. Her figurative bronze sculptures and oil paintings are noted for their depth of expression and emotion. Vala rekindled her interest in sculpting with clay after solely painting with oil for seven years. Her inspiration derives from her observation of life. Vala creates figurative sculptures cast in bronze for art collectors as well as public monuments. She paints figurative oil paintings, and teaches yearly sculpting workshops. She works out of her studio in Cave Creek AZ and all her sculptures are cast in bronze. Her work can be seen in Sage Creek Gallery, Santa Fe and Knox Gallery, Beaver Creek, CO. Her public monuments can be seen in Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, and Florida.