Best in Show: Gregory Mortenson, “Standing Proud,” 2018, oil on canvas, 50 x 26 in.

The Art Renewal Center is pleased to present the winners and finalists of the 14th International ARC Salon Competition! This year the ARC received over 4,300 entries from 73 countries.

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Our finalists constitute approximately 35 percent of works submitted, just over 1,500 works. ARC has acquired 16 new works for the ARC collection, valued at over $125,000.

Our highest award, Best in Show, went to Gregory Mortenson, for his figurative entry “Standing Proud” (above), where Mortenson depicts a young girl he met while working on a humanitarian project in Haiti. About the work, Mortenson said, “This young girl is growing up in an orphanage in Haiti. She has survived an earthquake and a hurricane and is still standing proud.” With her feet firmly planted on rocky soil, this contemporary depiction of human strength meets the viewer eye to eye.

William Bouguereau Award: Annie Murphy-Robinson, “Casey, Adapt,” 2018, charcoal on paper, 42 x 29 in.

Annie Murphy-Robinson’s drawing “Casey, Adapt” has won the Bouguereau Award, our second highest award in this year’s competition. Robinson also won First Place Drawing with her work “Emily and the Ram, Conjuring” as well as Third Place Drawing and an ARC Purchase Award for her work “Casey, Waiting.”

First Place Still Life: Daniel Keys, “Roses, Peonies, and Still Life,” 2017, oil on linen, 30 x 40 in.

Daniel Keys was another big award winner this year, winning First Place Still Life, Third Place Figurative, and Honorable Mentions in both Landscape and the Fully From Life categories.

ARC is now in the process of selecting approximately 100 works for the live traveling version of the ARC Salon. We are extremely pleased to announce that we will be formally exhibiting the 14th ARC Salon Exhibition at Sotheby’s New York City location.

The show is scheduled to first open at the European Museum of Modern Art (MEAM) in Barcelona, Spain, December 6, 2019, through February 2, 2020, where it will hang alongside the MEAM’s representational painting and sculpture competition, Figurativas. A joint award ceremony will be held on December 6 at the MEAM. The show will then travel to Sotheby’s New York, where it will be on exhibit July 17 through July 27, 2020, with our Grand Public Opening on Saturday, July 18, 2020.

To view the full results of the 14th Annual ARC Salon, click here. 


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