Art Renewal Center

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Art Renewal Center
FounderFred Ross
MethodARC Salon Competition, ARC International Scholarship
Key people
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The Art Renewal Center (ARC) is a non-profit, educational organization, which hosts an online museum dedicated to realist art.[2][3] The ARC was founded by New Jersey businessman, author,[4][5] and art collector Fred Ross.[6]

Classical Beauty, by John William Godward, (collection of Sherry and Fred Ross)

Particular emphasis is given to nineteenth-century Salon painting.[3] William-Adolphe Bouguereau is represented by more than 226 images on the site; Ross says that Bouguereau's work is accessed twice as often as any other artist on the site.[7]


The Art Renewal Center is devoted to the rehabilitation of late nineteenth-century academic painting.[8] The Art Renewal Centre offers a scholarship program, as well as an annual salon competition in order to promote classical realism. [9] Ross places an emphasis on William Bouguereau, and has written books about him, such as "William Bouguereau: His Life and Works". Ross feels that there has been a "concerted and relentless effort to disparage, denigrate and obliterate the reputations, names and brilliance of the academic artistic masters of the late 19th century." The Art Renewal Center is intended as a platform for Ross and his supporters to "extol the virtues of academic artists and castigate nearly everything associated with modern art."[7] The ARC describes itself as offering "responsible views opposing that of the current art establishment".[3]

William-Adolphe Bouguereau, Nymphs and Satyr, 1873, Clark Art Institute

Ross is a strong admirer of Adolphe Bouguereau's work. In 2002 he spoke to the New York Society of Portrait Artists and described the impression made on him in the Clark Art Institute by Bouguereau's 8.5-foot-tall (2.6 m) painting, Nymphs and Satyr:

Frozen in place, gawking with my mouth agape, cold chills careening up and down my spine, I was virtually gripped as if by a spell that had been cast. Years of undergraduate courses and another 60 credits post-graduate in art, and I had never heard [Bouguereau's] name. Who was he? Was he important? Anyone who could have done this must surely be deserving of the highest accolades in the art world.[7]

Online art museum[edit]

The Art Renewal Center has an online digital art gallery that includes an extensive catalogue of high resolution images of drawings, sculptures, and paintings. This database of images have been provided for use in art history books, magazines, and newspapers.[10][11][12]

ARC Affiliated Artists[edit]

Artists who believe in the realist tradition can apply to be an affiliated artist and if they meet the requirement are giving one of three classifications: ARC Living Artist, ARC Associate Living Master, or ARC Living Master. With Living Masters being the highest classification given with artists receiving it such as Luis Alvarez Roure, Igor Babailov, and Virgil Elliott.


  1. ^ "International". Art Now Gallery Guide. 23: 9–10. May 2004.
  2. ^ Journal of Pre-Raphaelite Studies. Vol. 12, 13. Arizona State University. 2003. p. 98.
  3. ^ a b c Elkins, James (2013). "The Importance of Skill". Master Narratives and their Discontents. Routledge. p. 128. ISBN 978-1-135-87257-1.
  4. ^ "MAG Collection - 404 Page Not Found". Archived from the original on 1 December 2021. Retrieved 18 March 2020. {{cite web}}: Cite uses generic title (help)
  5. ^ Allan, Scott C. (Autumn 2011). "Review of William Bouguereau by Damien Bartoli, with Frederick C. Ross". Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide. 10 (2).
  6. ^ Birkenmeyer, Seth (2 January 2018). ""Living Artist": Williamsburg Art Gallery owner earns national recognition". The Virginia Gazette. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  7. ^ a b c Roth, Mark (20 August 2007). "Gifted artist? Bouguereau's work controversial more than a century after his death". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  8. ^ Kresser, Katie (2017). The Art and Thought of John La Farge: Picturing Authenticity in Gilded Age America. Routledge. p. 22. ISBN 978-1-351-54646-1.
  9. ^ "Education".
  10. ^ Kralik, Brandon (4 January 2016). "The ARC Live Salon!". HuffPost.
  11. ^ Grigorian, Natasha (19 May 2009). European Symbolism: In Search of Myth (1860-1910). Peter Lang. p. 15. ISBN 978-3-03911-531-0 – via Google Books.
  12. ^ Sandell, Scott (13 December 2008). "Napoleon and the Sphinx".

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