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Sunday, July 8, 2012

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)

The Art Renewal Center is the largest on-line museum in the world, over 80000 images of the greatest works of art ever produced by over 7100 artists can be seen in high-resolution. I strongly encourage you to visit and support this incredible resource.

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
  • Costly
  • 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

(Best Trompe l'oeil)  -  Joel Carson Jones  -  More Than You Can Chew  -  24"x 20"  -  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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