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Entries will be accepted from May 1st - May 31st, 2017 via our new online system at the following link: https://arcsalon.org/scholarshipapplication

t ARC, we view our Scholarship program as one of the most important. In order for future generations to produce great art, we must not lose the accumulated knowledge of the last several centuries. At our ARC Approved™ atelier schools, we know these methods are still taught by some of the greatest artists alive today and the students who are the recipients of these scholarships will receive the training necessary to create great works of art and carry the knowledge to the next generation.

If you know of any struggling, hard working and truly talented students, please pass the word. Help us to support our aspiring artists by informing faculty and administrators at qualifying institutions. Through the ARC scholarship fund, we intend to work to ensure that this valuable resource will endure. Those who wish to apply are directed to the application below.

In addition to our student scholarship program, the Art Renewal Center will evaluate requests submitted directly from struggling, qualified ateliers and educational programs that offer a curriculum committed to training in the academic tradition. Our Board of Trustees will consider the possibility of directing some amount of funding to cover operating expenses and curriculum development. Please contact ARC Chairman, Fred Ross at Chairman@ArtRenewal.org for further information.


  1. The 2016 ARC Scholarship Competition

  2. Student Scholarship Outline

  3. Download Student Scholarship

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The 2016 ARC Scholarship Competition
he Art Renewal Center (ARC) has been experiencing unprecedented success. As those familiar with the ARC and its mission know, the organization is involved in numerous projects, all in support of a return to an appreciation of great and enduring art, to humanist values in the visual arts, and to academic art education.

Student painters and sculptors who are chosen to receive these awards will have submitted examples of their works which clearly reflect the principles espoused by the classical methods of drawing, painting and sculpture. Student works should reflect a level of visual literacy that demonstrates their potential for interpreting humanist values that will ultimately provide them with the tools and creative inspiration necessary to produce works of universal relevance.

From the contest participants we will select a group of students, no less than 10, though perhaps quite a few more, to receive between them $30,000. The Scholarship Judges, will discuss all materials provided by the participants and divide them into tiers of achievement. Because winners are divided in this fashion, there is the potential for numerous 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or even 4th and 5th place winners, depending on the number of applicants, and the overall quality of work submitted.

No entry fees will be required.

Student Scholarship Outline
he ARC 2016 Student Scholarship Competition is devoted to supporting students whose works reflect the concept of traditional and contemporary realism as expressed by example terms such as: naturalism, creative realism, classical realism, ideal realism, social realism, representational, academic, trompe l'oeil, Romantic, fanciful, dream-like imagery or artistic illustration, e.g. illustration from literature.

The ARC seeks examples of paintings and sculpture rendered from life and representative of nature as reflected in figurative studies and compositions, landscapes, still lives, and portraits -- work that seeks to capture a fully recognizable likeness of the model. Compositions rendered with the aid of projectors or copied directly from photographs do not represent the mission and goals of the competition. However, incorporation of impressionist techniques is acceptable, as long as such techniques reinforce the subject, or theme.

No entry fees are required. Although the scholarships are based on merit, need is also taken into consideration to a lesser degree. If you are in particular need of the funds to continue your training, please make this clear in your application.

o be eligible for an ARC Scholarship you must be accepted or presently enrolled in an ARC approved program for the 2016 fall term. There is a list of approved programs available on the website at the ARC Approved™ Ateliers page.

The applicant should be intent on becoming a career artist. The scholarship is not intended for individuals who are only studying art as a hobby. ARC reserves the right to disburse funds in whole or in part after evaluation of the merits of applicant entries as exhibited by their work and proof of enrollment at an atelier, academy, studio-school or program approved by ARC. Please check with Yvette Lytle to determine if the program or apprenticeship in which you are currently enrolled, or wish to enroll, qualifies for this competition.

The decision of the Judges shall be final. ARC reserves the right of sole discretion to withhold awards if, in its judgment, the work submitted fails to comply with the standards as noted herein.

Awardees must use scholarship funds to further his/her art education, i.e. tuition and art materials. Scholarship funds must be used at ARC Approved™ institutions who teach proper methods of training. The schools must be up to date with their membership fees and be in good standing. In all cases, funds will be paid directly to the studio or institutions where the winners will be working. ARC reserves the right to make recommendations regarding the disbursement of funds, or to request that the use of scholarship funds be monitored by a representative of the faculty or staff of the institution where the student is enrolled. Scholarship winners must claim their award within one year of the time it is awarded. This is done by enrolling in the ARC Approved™ course(s) he/she desires and having the bill sent from the school on his/her behalf to The Art Renewal Center as proof of enrollment. ARC will then pay the bill on the student's behalf up to the sum of the award amount.

This competition is not open to students inspired by abstract, conceptualist, neo-conceptual or non-traditional forms of constructions. Also excluded are examples of commercial design arts such as fashion and interior design, crafts, architecture, collage, photography, computer graphics and animation, commercial illustration or related genres. It is the determination of the Board of Trustees that illustration clearly can rise to the level of fine art; therefore example illustrative works will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Incomplete applications will not be submitted to the judges for evaluation.

Announcement of the awards will be made by email shortly after a decision has been made. The names of winners will be announced and an example of their work will also be published on the ARC Website.

Suggested Entries: Portraits rendered from life, landscapes, still lifes, paintings from life, drawings or paintings from the figure (nude), cast studies in charcoal or grisaille palette, or completed thematic works.

he ARC Student Scholarship is an internet based competition. To make a proper submission, be sure to include all of the materials listed below. Application forms, images and supporting materials should be sent via email to: scholarship@artrenewal.org

Application Form

Painting and sculpture students who meet the above-noted criteria and who wish to be considered for this scholarship competition should download the application and complete it in its entirety. [ Download Student Scholarship Application in MSWord or PDF format. ]

10 to 15 Images

ARC's panel of judges is located all over the world, making it necessary to evaluate applications via the Internet. Therefore, students who wish to apply are asked to send not less than 10 and not more than 15 images in a JPEG format of their best work (see above for special considerations). Images should be 1mb and 10mb files and be emailed as attached files. [ scholarship@artrenewal.org ]

3 Letters of Recommendation

A minimum of 3 letters of recommendation is required. One recommendation must be from a current art instructor; preferably the master painter or sculptor with whom you are currently studying, or under whom you will be studying during the 2016/2017 academic year.

Letters of recommendation must include the following:

  • Applicant's name and level of study
  • Name of school or program of study
  • Complete address, phone and/or fax, and email address of the school or nominator.
NOTE: Letters of recommendation should be sent in the form of an email, as an attached file. All letters of recommendation must be sent from the teacher or person writing the recommendation on the student's behalf. They should not be sent directly from the student. All letters must be received on or before the scholarship deadlines noted herein.

If ARC is not familiar with an instructor or educational institution, a letter of personal introduction accompanied by a school brochure (if available), a biography and images of the instructor's work may be requested before a final decision is rendered.

Biography or CV

Students must include a biography or CV, including information regarding your education to date, a list of any honors and awards received, and/or exhibitions in which you have participated. Also, please include any instructional experience and a list of additional references if possible. Bios should be sent via email as an attached file.


A 250-word essay: My Long-term Educational and Career Goals. Essays should be sent via email as an attached file.


Applications must be sent by end of day on May 31, 2016 in order to qualify for consideration for scholarships awarded during the Fall 2016 or Spring 2016 term. Again, No applications will be accepted if they are postmarked after May 31, 2016.

Should you have any questions regarding this competition, please contact Yvette Lytle.
Email: yvette.lytle@artrenewal.org

Frequently Asked Questions:
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