For 11 years now, the ARC Scholarship Fund has awarded scholarships to some of the most talented emerging realist artists in the world and helped them continue their studies at ARC Approved Ateliers and Schools. From relatively modest beginnings in 2001, the number of entrants and qualifying Ateliers has expanded rapidly. In 2001 there were 13 ARC Approved Ateliers and today we proudly list well over 70 schools and programs. We are proud to have been able to provide nearly $200,000 to date, enabling us to support an ever-growing number of students and the institutions they attend. The quality of the work continues to astound us, and many of our past winners have gone on to achieve great things in their careers already. Some have opened their own Ateliers and some have stayed to contribute their expertise at their alma maters, continuing the great academic tradition so important to our philosophy here at ARC.
On this note, the Art Renewal Center™ is very pleased to announce the winners of the 2011 Annual Scholarship Competition.
Dr. Vern Swanson - Swanson has his Phd from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, England and is the Director of the Springville Museum of Art, Utah. He is a lecturer/scholar/writer and expert on 19th Century European Art and Russian Art through the 20th Century. Swanson is the leading authority on Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema and John William Godward and author of the Catalogue Raisonnès for both artists.
Second Place awards: $2,400 has been awarded to four students this year, Terra Chapman of Florence Academy of Art, Florence, Italy, Marina Fridman of Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art, Los Angeles, California, USA, Carla Crawford of Grand Central Academy, New York, New York, USA and Dana Zaltzman of Florence Academy of Art, Florence, Italy.
Third Place awards: We have awarded 7 third place prizes of $1,400 to the following students: Hayley Brown from Angel Academy of Art, Firenze, Italy, Kristina Gehrmann from Angel Academy of Art, Firenze, Italy, Sarah Gibson from Florence Academy of Art, Florence, Italy, Katie Liddiard from The Center for Academic Study and Naturalist Painting, Utah, USA, Tanvi Pathare from Florence Academy of Art, Florence, Italy, Kresten Smedemark from Angel Academy of Art, Firenze, Italy, and Juan Pablo Ruiz Carpio from Angel Academy of Art, Firenze, Italy.
On behalf of our Chairman, Fred Ross and everyone here at Art Renewal Center™ well-deserved congratulations are extended to all of our scholarship recipients. We thank these young talented artists and the fine institutions in which they study for their dedication and upholding of the finest artistic traditions of history and the best hopes of future advancement of the arts, and we wish them continued success on their artistic journeys.