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Allied Organizations


To better accomplish our mission and return sanity back to the visual arts, we have started to ally ourselves with like minded organizations in the hopes that through our joint efforts, we will be more successful at bringing realist art back to the world at large. ARC has not reviewed every artist participating in the below organizations, but we have reviewed the mission and general quality and are in support of their groups and goals.

In addition to the below, all of our approved atelier schools are part of our allied organizations. To view a list of our ARC Approved™ Ateliers, click here.

Allied Organization List

  • American Society of Traditional Artists
  • Association of Fantastic Art
  • Atlantic Poetry Guild
  • California Art Club
  • Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists
  • The European Museum of Modern Art
  • Fine Art Connoisseur
  • Foundation of the Art and the Artists
  • The International Guild of Realism
  • PleinAir Magazine
  • The Society of Animal Artists
  • The Representational Art Conference

  • American Society of Traditional Artists

    Marieke with Venetian Mask
    by Duffy Sheridan

    Bishoujo by Kirk Richards

    Cinderella Dreams
    by Stephen Gjertson
    American Society of Traditional Artists, ASTA, was formed to showcase the talent of the many professional fine artists of today through the promotion of their art in an annual event sponsored by a National Art Museum. ASTA's goals are to recognize the best traditional realist artists working today by creating exhibition opportunities in major museums and providing marketing and technical assistance to these talented members in order to build bridges connecting art collectors and the highest quality traditional art. This organization is not for everyone with a paintbrush, their membership selection process is a cautious one designed to favor those that meet thier high standards of technique, talent, and creativity. They hope to nourish this talent and give the artists that have ventured into this traditional form an opportunity to showcase their work in National Art Museums and other prominent locations.

    This year, their host venue is the spectacular Hotel Valley Ho that has recently undergone an $80M renovation. The Annual Show and Sale is a five week event in the prestigious Scottsdale Arts District of Arizona. They will be centrally located on Main Street among many quality high end art galleries, luxury shops and fine dining; attracting plenty of affluent visitors during the peak art season. October 8th, 2012 thru November 10th, 2012.

    Modern X
    by Don Clapper

    Mail Order Brides 1863
    by Ed Copley

    Association of Fantastic Art

    Dragonlands by Bob Eggleton

    Sands of Gorgoroth
    by Mark Zug

    The Sacrifice by Patrick Jones
    The Association of Fantastic Art (AFA) is dedicated to furthering the recognition and appreciation of imaginative realism, which includes broadly collected works by realist painters and sculptors whose craft springs from the roots of the 19th century, blending superb painting technique with highly imaginative narrative imagery. Throughout the majority of the 20th century, imaginative realists have predominantly worked as illustrators due to the denigration of classical painting, rendering them persona non grata to the gallery world. This is changing as imaginative realists of today are put in proper historical context, and for the first time in a century, imaginative realists can find venues, not only with prominent publishers, but in the private collector and gallery markets as well.

    The Association of Fantastic Art meets its mission with a variety of efforts, encompassing exhibitions, education, publications and wide-ranging internet activities.

    The annual IlluXCon symposium, founded in 2008, now draws artists and attendees from all over the world. Starting in 2013, it will have a prominent venue at the Allentown Art Museum, an AAM accredited institution with over 100,000 annual visitors. IlluXCon features an average display of over 1000 original works of art, and is filled with workshops, lectures and painting demonstrations by the foremost artists in the school as well as providing the field's leading opportunity for collectors to view and purchase original works.

    AFA Directors, Patrick and Jeannie Wilshire, in addition to co-authoring several books including Visions of Never: The Collection of Fantastic Art and The Art of the Dragon: The Definitive Collection of Contemporary Dragon Paintings, are guest curators and lecturers for At the Edge: The Art of the Fantastic, opening June 3rd, 2012, at the Allentown Art Museum. This exhibition will feature over 150 works covering the entire 200-year span from the Romantics and Pre-Raphaelites through the Golden Age of Illustration to the present. This will be the largest and most comprehensive exhibition of imaginative realism ever to be held in a U.S. museum.

    For more information, visit www.facebook.com/illuxcon.

    Procession by Michael C. Hayes

    Elf Princess by Justin Sweet

    Atlantic Poetry Guild

    The Atlantic Poetry Guild exists to help revive the significance of traditional poetry in our culture. They conduct public readings of the great poets, to restore their work to the cultural centrality it deserves. They host a series of professional development seminars for teachers of English and Language Arts, to offer guidance on how to present these masterpieces in the classroom, and maintain a weblog, The Quarterdeck, where they present thoughts and reflections on poetry, teaching, and the great works.
    Poetry is a necessity - this is their deepest conviction. They believe the unique beauty and wisdom which poetry has to offer is essential to the cultural health of any society. This is why they regard the neglect of the poetic tradition in our times as a great tragedy. Modern society has left no room in its culture for classic poets like Herbert or Keats or Housman, whose works appear to far too many of our contemporaries like alien or irrelevant artifacts of a time long past. As a result, the art form itself has been pushed ever farther into the margins of artistic and intellectual life. Contemporary poetry too often comes across as strange and esoteric, confirming the public's conception of poetry as an art form produced for the consumption of a small, fringe audience. Their goal is to remedy this situation, by restoring the classic tradition of poetry and bringing the masterpieces of the past back into cultural awareness. By presenting these great works to the public, in a variety of forums, they hope to revive the love and admiration which these poems have evoked in the past, and to demonstrate how vital their words continue to be.
    Although the Atlantic Poetry Guild focuses on poetry versus the visual arts, their core beliefs are in line with the ARC philosophy. "Nothing is so important to the spiritual and mental flourishing of a people as its art. The stories they tell, the buildings they inhabit, the public spaces in which they gather, the songs they sing, the fashioned images they gaze upon, these things shape their souls more permanently and effectively than anything else." - Mark Anthony Signorelli, Atlantic Poetry Guild founder

    Visit their website at http://www.atlanticpoetryguild.com/ for more information and a full list of scheduled poetry readings.

    California Art Club

    by Daniel W. Pinkham

    The Illustrated Man:
    Bioportrait of Ray Bradbury
    by Christopher Slatoff

    Crashing Waves at Garrapata
    by Ray Roberts
    The California Art Club, established in 1909, is one of the oldest, largest and most active fine art organizations in America. Its founding members were a handful of professional artists who migrated to Los Angeles from the Midwest and East Coast, drawn to the Golden State's natural beauty and year-round sunshine. With conditions that were ideal for outdoor painting, these pioneering artists gave birth to the first artistic movement to be defined as uniquely Californian - "California Impressionism."

    Today, as a dynamic nonprofit educational organization with more than 2,500 members around the world and nine chapters in California, the Club strives to expand the knowledge and appreciation of traditional fine arts. The mission of the Club is to promote the traditional fine arts in the fields of painting, drawing and sculpture and to provide educational programs and exhibitions that foster understanding and interpretation of traditional art heritage and California history.

    Through its extensive schedule of exhibitions and educational programs, as well as the award-winning California Art Club Newsletter, CAC supports a network of contemporary-traditional artists and provides opportunities for art enthusiasts, patrons, scholars and students to interact with these artists in order to better understand the creative process.

    The Club's hallmark event - the Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition - is presented each spring. Other activities include "Paint-Out/Sculpt-Outs," Master Artist Workshops, mentoring programs, demonstrations, and lectures on topics ranging from art marketing to collecting.

    To learn more about the California Art Club's activities and the benefits of membership, visit www.californiaartclub.org.

    Prajnaparamita, Perfection of Wisdom
    by Peter Adams

    Waiting by Mian Situ

    Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists

    El Espejo
    by Jesus Villareale

    Sean by William Nathans

    Portrait of Barry
    by Joel Spector
    CSOPA, a (501 (c) 3) nonprofit arts education organization, serves local artists and patrons in and around Connecticut. Their mission is to promote the classic art of portraiture through symposia, workshops and exhibitions.

    Founded in 2002, CSOPA has grown to approximately one hundred active members from the established professional to the promising student. CSOPA's distinguished advisory board led by Robert Alexander Anderson and John Howard Sanden, includes Igor Babailov, Laurel Stern Boeck, Michael Del Priore, Mary Minifie, and Richard Whitney.

    The making of art is often a solitary event. CSOPA members enjoy camaraderie, support and opportunity through a variety of events and offerings. Monthly "Meet 'n Critiques," hosted throughout the state, offer valuable resources by building community, involving membership in the organization's work, and providing a format for caring artists' critiques. CSOPA Founder and President Jeanine C. Jackson explains, "Collectively, we have hundreds of years of training in the best ateliers. These critique sessions elevate everyone's portraits."

    CSOPA mounts a number of exhibitions and educational opportunities each year, some exclusively for their membership and others open to the public. "Faces of Winter" is the trademark biennial open juried exhibition featuring 70+ selected works on public view plus a 2-day portrait symposium that brings together outstanding faculty and portrait artists from around the country. CSOPA Showcases are less formal, member-only exhibitions arranged in Connecticut galleries, retail stores, government centers, and other public spaces. Intensive workshops with leading portrait artists, demonstrations, and presentations by members with particular expertise are offered throughout the year. CSOPA partners with major museums such as The Wadsworth Atheneum and the Hispanic Society of New York for copyist sessions and public demonstrations.

    Taking full advantage of the connected age in which we live, www.csopa.org is a repository of all information regarding their organization, including links to bio, contact information and samples of work for each of their member artists. MyFamily.com is an internal platform serving CSOPA members only - a true portrait family.

    Brothers by Alain Picard

    Sophia by Jeanine Jackson

    The European Museum of Modern Art

    Generacion del 86
    by Jordi Diaz Alama

    Carmen by David Kassan
    The European Museum of Modern Art - MEAM exhibits some of the finest contemporary figurative art. It is owned by The Foundation of Arts and Artists and the purpose is to promote and diffuse figurative art of the 20th and 21st centuries. The Foundation's claim is to find a new contemporary language without denying tradition by progressing into the new century. Moreover, the Foundation of Arts and Artists, organizes each year the Figurativas Painting and Sculpture Awards, and with the website Figurativas en Red (www.figurativas.org) opens a window with the artworks of the contemporary figurative artists.

    The MEAM is currentlly located at the Gomis Palace, in the middle of the streets of the Born in Barcelona, a neighborhood where culture is always present and reflects the charm of the old part of the city, an area that knew how to mix tradition and modernity, becoming a requiered visit for the tourits interested in the Monumental Barcelona.

    The MEAM is different from other contemporary art museums because it houses living artists who created figurative art. These artworks are hardly seen in other museums, to whom the word contemporary is identified by experiment and abstraction.

    The Fallen Angel
    by Arantzazu Martinez

    Chica con pecas
    by Enrique Collar

    Fine Art Connoisseur

    Fine Art Connoisseur serves art collectors and enthusiasts with innovative articles about representational paintings, sculptures, drawings, and prints - both historical and contemporary, American and European. Over the past decade, the magazine has developed a particularly strong reputation for its editorial coverage of realism, a field of artistic excellence generally overlooked by other periodicals. Published six times per year, Fine Art Connoisseur is now a widely consulted platform for the world's most knowledgeable experts, who write articles that inform readers and give them the tools necessary to make better purchasing decisions. Fine Art Connoisseur's jargon-free text and large color illustrations are attracting an ever-growing readership passionate about high-quality art and the fascinating stories around them. In addition to artworks and artists, Fine Art Connoisseur covers the museums, galleries, fairs, auction houses, and private collections where great art is found. In all cases, the magazine seeks to avoid the "same old" stories that other periodicals cover, instead seeking out fresh material they miss or ignore.

    If you would like to purchase a subscription to this publication please click here.

    "I just received my first issue...and could not be happier. I subscribed to it sight unseen from your web page and expected an average magazine. Your magazine is far from average- it is excellent! Art is making a comeback in this country and you are making it happen." - Mike Stegman, Bellevue, OH

    Foundation of the Art and the Artists

    The Witches House
    by Arantzazu Martinez
    The Foundation of the Art and the Artists (www.fundaciondelasartes.org) was created in December 2005 by the architect José Manuel Infiesta who has his official residence in Barcelona.

    The main purpose of the Foundation is the promotion and dissemination of realist art at all levels. They focus on the figurative, and very specifically, the art of the late nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first century, what is known as Contemporary Realist Art, the art of the modern day. The Foundation of the Art and the Artists enhance the activity in defense of art and modern culture with specific projects that have clearly predetermined, specific goals.

    The Foundation was established with the aim of countering the great and exclusive protection that public authorities have with the so-called abstract art and empowered artists, figurative art automatically excluded from official initiatives.

    Support for this type of modern and contemporary figurative art is channeled through two distinct pathways:

    The first is the support for living artists to continue creating their works. This is done through international competitions, scholarships, sponsorships for specific artistic projects, and more.

    The second is to form public collections of Contemporary Realist art in areas where this art is difficult to find, thereby exposing it to the general public. This is done by giving body to stable collections in order to generate a museum or museums of this nature.

    La Perla
    by Jose Carlos Naranjo Bernal

    Obsesiones de Van Dyk
    by Kike Meana

    In Memorian by Dino Valls

    The International Guild of Realism

    Girl with Pearl Earrings
    by Vala Ola

    Rest by James Van Fossan
    Like ARC, IGOR was founded with promoting contemporary artists who paint realistically using traditional painting techniques. It was founded in 2002 by professional artists from around the globe with four goals in mind:

    • 1. Recognizing the best realists working today
    • 2. Creating exhibition opportunities
    • 3. Providing technical and promotional support
    • 4. To offer a bridge between art collectors and the highest quality realist art, created by their members

    To this end, The International Guild of Realism's mission is to advance realism in fine art through museum exhibitions, art gallery shows, workshops, education programs, marketing support and Internet exposure. The art accepted into their group ranges from classical realism (based upon the traditional, academic-style painting techniques) to contemporary realism (where cutting edge realism and subject matter are used to comment on today's world).

    Trompe l'oeil, photorealism, surrealism, and super-realism are some of the genres included within the range of realism choices for artists of the modern day.

    The International Guild of Realism currently represents around 280 artists hailing from 35 countries around the world.

    To help facilitate their goals, IGOR holds an annual juried international exhibition for their members. This year it will be held at the prestigious Jones & Terwilliger Galleries in the heart of the Carmel art district, California, USA. The gallery is centrally located among many quality art galleries, luxury shops and fine dining, attracting plenty of affluent visitors during the peak summer season, only two hours away from San Francisco.

    Access by David Bowers
    Entry Deadline:May 20, 2013
    Exhibition Dates: October 4 - November 30, 2013
    Opening Reception:Saturday October 5, 2013, from 5 to 8 pm

    Never Quite Erased
    by Juan Medina

    Strike a Pose by Camille Engel

    PleinAir Magazine

    PleinAir™ magazine was a favorite magazine of artists, collectors, dealers, and suppliers when it was published from 2004-2006. The quarterly print and digital journal is back by popular demand from the international community of people who love artwork based on direct observations of nature. The French term en plein air means "in the open air," but it's come to represent the art of painting outdoors on location. Though plein air painting has been practiced for generations by artists such as Rembrandt, John Constable, Claude Lorrain, Thomas Gainsborough, and others it was popularized by the French Barbizon School (1830-1870), a movement of painters named after the village of Barbizon, near Fountainbleau Forrest, where artists like Jean-Francois Millet, Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot, Theodore Roysseau, Charles-Francois Daubigny, Jules Dupre, and others gathered to paint.

    PleinAir™ magazine publishes articles that are filled with practical advice on materials and techniques, buying or selling artwork, discovering great painters, attending upcoming events & exhibitions, and joining others who share our passion. So what's in the new PleinAir™ magazine for you? The kind of beautiful images and practical advice that will make you a better painter, an astute collector, a successful supplier, an admired teacher, or an informed competitor. Make sure you and your friends are part of this dynamic community of people who love artwork based on direct observations of nature.
    Subscribe TODAY by going to their website: http://www.outdoorpainter.com/subscribe.html

    In addition to the printed word, in April 2012, PleinAir™ magazine made history with the first convention devoted to painting en plein air, and the largest gathering of artists painting in one outdoor location simultaneously. They are doing it again, and the 2013 event promises to be bigger and even better. The 2013 Plein Air Convention is being held at the Monterey Convention Center, within walking distance of Fisherman's Wharf.

    To read more on the convention and to register go to http://www.pleinairconvention.com/

       Winslow Homer
       Artists Sketching in the White Mountains

    The Society of Animal Artists

    Water Off a Goose by Peter Gray

    A Regal Bandit by Ezra Tucker

    Rescues by George McMonigle
    The Society of Animal Artists was formed in 1960 by Patricia Allen Bott and Guido Borghi following a successful exhibition at the Bronx Zoo titled, appropriately, 'Animals in the Bronx Zoo'. Following incorporation, the organization quickly became a member of the prestigious Salmagundi Club at 47 5th Avenue, and established an office in their building. Very early members included John Clymer, Anna Hyatt Huntington, Robert Lougheed, and Walter Wilwerding.

    It is the mission of the Society of Animal Artists to promote excellence in the portrayal of domesticated and wild animals in art. While the majority of our members support both humane and conservation causes with their work, the SAA is itself more dedicated to encouraging artists to strive for mastery of their art medium and educating the public to the fact that animal art can truly be considered Fine Art. This mission is supported by our annual exhibition, 'Art and the Animal', which opens each year at a fine museum somewhere in the country...and is followed by a tour of approximately one half of the works to three additional museums during the next nine months. A full color catalog of this exhibition is produced each year and is available for purchase at all venues and through the SAA office. In addition, our opening exhibition is often complimented by demonstrations, seminars, and lectures by the members.

    Membership in the SAA is available through a jury process, conducted twice a year, during which images of applicants" work are reviewed by a jury of nine Signature members. The current membership of the SAA numbers approximately five hundred individuals residing in the United States, Africa, Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe, Japan, New Zealand, and South America. Virtually all fine art mediums are represented, and our members continually push the boundaries of the genre of "animal art" with interesting interpretations of the subject matter and creative composition and use of media. The membership list of the SAA reads like a 'Who"s Who' from the world of animal art, including Robert Bateman, Guy Coheleach, John Banovich, Peter Gray, and Kent Ullberg. Former members included the great Roger Tory Peterson, Robert Kuhn, Simon Combes, Lanford Monroe, and Richard Sloan among so many others.

    To learn more about the SAA and its members, visit www.societyofanimalartists.com.

    Out From Under by Jeff Gandert

    Almost Home by Gary Staab

    The Representational Art Conference

    Mom by David Kassan

    Comico Divino by Tony Pro

    The idea for planning The Representational Art Conference was born shortly after the opening of an exhibit at CLU - "The New Romantic Figure" showing works by prominent California figurative artists Michael Lynn Adams, Peter Adams, Jeremy Lipking, Cyn McCurry, Michael Pearce, Alexey Steele, Mia Tavonatti - which was extremely well received by the public, faculty and students of the University. Reflecting upon the depth of affection for the work, its democratic appeal and interested in learning about the place of 21st Century figurative painting in current academic discourse, Pearce found that there was a lack of attention to the work of traditionally trained artists in the 21st Century. Accordingly he asked his colleague Michael Adams to help him put together a conference, to create a place for discussion of the philosophy and practice of artists involved in the universities, colleges, ateliers and private studios where the techniques of the old masters are still taught and used in the present day. The CLU administration led by President Chris Kimball enthusiastically endorsed the idea, providing underwriting for the conference.

    The Representational Art Conference 2014 (TRAC2014) will focus on the aesthetic principles and values implicit in the representational art of the 21st Century. Presentations, panel discussions and studio art demonstrations will explore the direction of 21st-century representational art, which portrays recognizable people, places and objects. TRAC will include an excursion to CLU's Thousand Oaks campus to see the "Women by Women" exhibit in the Kwan Fong Gallery of Art and Culture and the "Resonating Images III" show in the William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art. Their purpose is not to establish a single monolithic aesthetic for representational art, but to identify commonalities, understand the unique possibilities of representational art, and perhaps provide some illumination about future directions.

    The upcoming TRAC2014 event will take place from March 2 - 5, 2014, Ventura, CA

    Keynote addresses by Roger Scruton and ARC Living Master™ Juliette Aristides

    ARC Living Master™ Virgil Elliott, ARC Living Master™ Jeremy Lipking, Pam Hawkes, Graydon Parrish, Stephen Perkins, Tony Pro, Alexey Steel, and Odd Nerdrum, will also be making presentations.

    Early-bird registration by Jan. 31 is $375. Single-day passes are available.

    For more information and to register visit http://www.trac2014.org

    Self Portrait with Two Mirrors
    by Virgil Elliot

    All Saints by John Nava

    Antique Bottle by Sadie Valeri