2012 ARC Salon selects winners
Well, 2100 entries, 800 participants, and six categories later, my painting "Winter's Dance" was awarded Third Place (Landscape Division) in the 2011-2012 Art Renewal Center 8th Annual Salon. Two other paintings were named 'Finalists'.
I really am honored to receive this award because I know quite well just how difficult it is to even be named a 'Finalist' in this tough international competition.
|Winter's Dance - 30"x 40" - Oil (Third Place, Landscape)|
Fred Ross, founder of ARC said, "The quality as a whole and the sheer number of highly skilled, creative, and original works submitted was staggering. I was particularly pleased with the landscape entries this year,which as a category has taken an enormous step up in quality, and was along with figurative, the most difficult category to judge".
|Cornish Promontory - 30"x 24" - Oil (Finalist, Landscape)|
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|Field Tracks - 27"x 24" - Oil (Finalist, Landscape)|
Why enter art competitions?
- Art is judged by one's peers
- Personal satisfaction of attaining a goal. For some the goal is just summing up the courage to enter, for others the goal is to win 'Best of Show'
- It's a means of measuring one's skill level relative to others, and judging progress
- It can be a reality check highlighting one's abilities or deficiencies
- Exposure to a broader audience
- Opportunity to win prizes
- Can lead to other positive, career advancing opportunities
- Success can lead to further success
- Forces artist to think seriously and professionally about their work
- Encourages artist to work harder, study more, and improve quality of work
- Can add to the credibility and value of one's work
- Doesn't really matter much with most art collectors
- They can increase one's discouragement, and feelings of rejection and failure
- Acceptance or rejection is based only on the opinion of one to four jurors
- Is not, probably will not be a game changer
- Submit only what you consider your very best work
- Submit only a professional quality reproduction of your entry. Absolutely essential
- Everyone gets rejected at some point. Count on it. Don't let it get you down. Move on. Use the opportunity to question how your work can be improved
- Learn from others. Be gracious to others who had more success than you
Top award winners by category
|(Best of Show) - Thomas Reis - Amelie - 19"x 12" - Oil|
|(Best Portrait) - Albert Ramos Cortes - The Man I Loved - 30"x 24" - Oil|
|(William Bouguereau Award) - David Gluck - The Trapper - 30"x 24" - Oil|
|(First Place, Still life) - Nancy Guzik - Spring Teacups - 30"x 24" - Oil|
|(First Place, Landscape) - Denise LaRue Mahlke - Living Waters - 30"x 24" - Pastel|
|(First Place, Animals) - Julie Bell - The Order of the Wolves - 18"x 24" - Oil|
|(First Place, Drawing) - Roger Long - Justin's Muse - 24.5"x 8.75" - Charcoal/white chalk|
|(First Place, Sculpture) - Alicia Ponzio - The Lingering Shadows - 12"x 28"x 24" - Stained plaster|
|(First Place, Figurative) - Orley Ypon - Resurrection - 72"x 48" - Oil|
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