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n addition to the Art Renewal Center's Annual Scholarship competition, there are a series of other scholarship programs available to help students learn traditional painting techniques. Some of the ateliers have their own scholarship programs and there are certain government programs and scholarships put out by private foundations available to students as well. Please see below for a listing. (This page is a work in progress. If you know of any scholarship programs that you feel should be on this list please contact Kara Ross at kara.ross@artrenewal.org)



ARC Scholarship Competition: This scholarship is designed to help students around the world learn proper training methods and techniques at an ARC Approved™ School. Art Renewal Center has awarded over $200,000 to date and usually awards $30,000 a year to aspiring young artists who wish to paint and/or sculpt in the realist tradition. Entries are accepted every May.
For more information visit: https://www.artrenewal.org/pages/scholarshipapplication.php


Ani Art Academies Full Merit Scholarship Program: The Ani Art Academies have become an international force for Realism by providing knowledge, training, and resources to aspiring artists. The schools, staff and curriculum is committed to empowering hopeful apprentices with the technical skills and confidence to achieve the highest levels of creative freedom. Apprentices commit to full time attendance and must be extremely dedicated to completion of training. Any commitment of fewer than thirty hours per week would require advance permission and reasonable justification, but is possible. Ani Art Academies Apprentices must maintain satisfactory reviews in order to maintain their scholarship status. Each accepted student receives a Full Merit Scholarship, which is a full academic scholarship that enables more focus and participation in the educational process. Ani Art Academies Full Merit Scholarship covers all tuition, materials, and outside the US, meals. All funding comes from the Tim Reynolds Foundation and Ani Villas International. Please contact Alexandra Svab, Ani Art Academies General Administrator at alexandra.svab@gmail.com for further information.
For more information about the Ani Art Academies Scholarship program and enrollment process online, please visit www.aniartacademies.org and click on the "About" or "Enrollment" link.


The Academy of Realist Art Scholarship: In 2012 The Academy of Realist Art launched its first annual scholarship competition for promising artists with a love for academic style painting and drawing. ARA is one of a select few art schools in the world that teaches the academic approach to figure drawing and painting. They model their curriculum and classical techniques on those used by 19th-century European academies to help students master fine art skills.
There are two first prizes awarded for one year's free tuition (valued at $7620 Canadian) for their full-time program: One at ARA Toronto and one at ARA Boston. Second prize is a two-week workshop of the winners choosing and Third prize is a one-week workshop of their choosing (ARA Toronto only). Applicants must be 18 years of age or older. Deadline for submission in 2012 is September 30. Awards and deadline dates may change in future years. Visit the following link for more information.
http://academyofrealistart.com/contest.html


Angel Academy Scholarship: Angel Academy of Art, Florence, does award in-house scholarships, but only in exceptional circumstances. The student must have completed at least two years of the program and have exceptional talent. The scholarship award could then be given to such a student, one who cannot afford to finish the program without financial assistance and who is in the last or next-to-last trimester with them (it is a nine-trimester program). The Italian Government recognizes Angel Academy and Italian citizens can apply for scholarships to attend this school through government programs. Please see below under Students From Italy for more information.
http://www.angelartschool.com/enrolment.html


Studio Incamminati Annual Scholarship: Studio Incamminati offers a limited amount of individual scholarships - from $2,000 to $4,000 annually to artists enrolled in their Full Time Professional Program. Overall criteria for the successful applicant includes: quality of work, artistic potential, dedication and commitment to becoming an artist and demonstrated financial need. Scholarship money is applied only to tuition, not for materials, housing or any other expenses. Applications are normally do at the end of May.
Visit the following address for more information. http://www.studioincamminati.org/scholarships.php


IlluXCon Scholarships: Open to any student (high school, college, or atelier) the winners will receive all-expense paid trips to IlluXCon (or $1200 towards their trip if they are located outside of the continental US). The annual IlluXCon symposium, founded in 2008, draws artists and attendees from all over the world. This year (2012) it will be held in Altoona, PA. Starting in 2013 it will have a prominent venue at the Allentown Art Museum, PA, 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 field as well as providing a leading opportunity for collectors to view and purchase original works. Submission deadlines are normally June 1st, for the year of 2012 it will be August 1st.
Please visit their website for more details. http://www.illuxcon.com/node/47


The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant: The Greenshields foundation was founded in 1955 by C.G. Greenshields in memory of his mother. The objective of the Foundation is to promote an appreciation of traditional expression in painting, drawing, printmaking or sculpture, by aiding worthy students or emerging artists who need further training or other assistance. Work must be representational or figurative. Abstract or non-representational art is precluded by the terms of the Foundation's Charter. The Foundation will not accept applications from commercial artists, photographers, video artists, filmmakers, craft makers, or any artist whose work falls primarily into these categories. To be eligible for a grant candidates are required to have already started or completed training in an established school of art and/or to demonstrate, through past work and future plans, a commitment to making art a lifetime career. No geographic requirements. The Foundation welcomes applications throughout the year; there is no deadline for sending the application form. Each grant is $12,500 (Canadian).
For more information, contact 1814 Sherbrooke Street West, Suite #1, Montreal, Quebec CANADA H3H 1E4 / telephone 514-937-9225 / fax 514-937-0141 / e-mail greenshields@bellnet.ca
http://www.elizabethgreenshieldsfoundation.org/



The John F. and Anna Lee Stacey Foundation Fine Art Award: Although juried through the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, this is not a cowboy art competition and was never meant to be limited to American western or cowboy imagery.
The trust was started to support the study of classical painting and drawing techniques taught in the "western European tradition." It is open to United States citizens only, both men and women, single or married, irrespective of race creed or color.
The age limit is between 18 and 35 years. Appointments will normally be for one year and the amount available for distribution will approximate $5,000.00. At the discretion of the committee, this may be awarded in quarterly installments to one or more applicants.
Address inquiries to Dianef@nationalcowboymuseum.org
For more information visit: Dianef@nationalcowboymuseum.org



(Students from Sweden) Centrala Studiestodsnamnden: CSN approves and sends out Swedish financial aid for studies, which includes both grants and loans to students in Sweden and abroad. We at CSN also handle repayment of the loans. Thanks to the opportunity to obtain financial aid, everyone in Sweden can study. It would accordingly make no difference which social, economic or geographic background a person has or if he or she has any impairment. CSN awards a total of approximately 23 billion Swedish kronor a year to almost 900,000 students.
For more information visit http://www.csn.se/en/2.743


(Students from Denmark): In Denmark there is a student aid system for everybody 18 years or older who is studying. You can get it for all educations recognized by the Danish government. You can however also get student aid abroad if you can get your education accepted by the department for student aid. One of the key things for this to happen is that the school needs to be recognized by the country in which it is situated. For example the Angel Academy is recognized by the Regione Toscana (the Tuscan regional government). You'll also need to supply other documentation from the school but all the information they need can be easily found via the link below. They can also find all the relevant application forms there.
http://www.su.dk/udland/Sider/default.aspx


(Students from Italy): Each province has its own art-scholarship budget, and that of some provinces is very small-university education there is virtually free for Italians; so, scholarships aren't really needed, although there is some for special studies, such as for study at the Atelier School some of which are government recognized. Once this small allotted scholarship money has been spent, that's it for the year. Here's the link for scholarship applications in Tuscany, available only to Italian residents in the Florence-Arezzo-Pisa-Siena area:
http://www.provincia.fi.it/formazione/per-chi-vuole-frequentare-corsi/