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ARC Staff
  Executive Committee

Fred Ross, Chairman - Founder and Chairman of the Art Renewal Center, Ross is the leading authority on William Bouguereau and co author of the recently published Catalogue Raisonné William Bouguereau: His Life and Works. Ross received his MA in art education from Columbia University. His speeches and essays are read by over 300,000 art professionals, educators, students and fans each year; and have become required reading in countless classrooms. Ross is also a well known collector of 19th century European painting and of Contemporary Realism as well. Art Educator/lecturer; President of Bouguereau Committee; Art Expert and Collector, Writer; Artist; Published Art Historian on the 19th Century; Salon and Scholarship Judge

Brian Yoder, Executive Advisor - ARC and Goodart Founder; Webmaster; Chief Moderator of ARC/Goodart Forum; Vice President of Engineering at CyberDefender

Kara Lysandra Ross, Chief Operating Officer - Chief Operating Officer for the Art Renewal Center and Chief Executive Officer for The Da Vinci Initiative, dedicated to introducing skill-based art education in public and private schools K-12, she was a Sotheby's intern and holds a BA in Art History from Drew University. As an art educator, she is a regular columnist in the arts section of The Epoch Times and is a contributing writer for Fine Art Connoisseur magazine. She was the co-editor of the William Bouguereau Catalogue Raisonné and author of chapter 28 in the recently published second edition. She served on a panel focused on the future of representational art at The Realist Art Conference (TRAC) in 2014 and is on the organizational committee for TRAC 2015. She wrote a chapter on French and English Academic Painting for the University of Liverpool's upcoming publication on 19th century art and is researching and writing the catalogue raisonné on Edmund Blair Leighton, for which sheis accepted as the world authority on the artist. kara.ross@artrenewal.org

Mandy Hallenius, Director of Education - Certified K-12 art teacher, board member of the Washington Art Education Association, President of the Da Vinci Initiative. She has completed more than four years of artistic study at the Aristides Atelier, Corry Studio of Figurative Art, and Mims Studios. She has over 7 years of classroom experience, and teaches professional development workshops for art teachers all over the United States.

Sherry Ross, Editor-in-Chief - Author of The Seeds of the Pomegranate, and The Sorrell Ridge Cook Book. Sherry Ross has also been published in many poetry magazines including "POET Magazine"

Frank Gatti, Chief Financial Officer - BS in accounting from St. John's University, MBA in Finance from Wagner College, worked as a financial analyst on Wall Street for major banking institutions

Yvette Lytle, Chief Liaison for ARC Approved Schools and Artists/Museum Archivist - Associates Degree in Visual Communications from the Katherine Gibbs School, Website and Graphic Designer, Artist. yvette.lytle@artrenewal.org

Sabrina Foland, Media Coordinator and ARC Store/Web Assistant - Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design from Montclair State University. Graphic Designer.

Michele Carnevale, Executive Secretary - Executive Assistant to ARC Chairman, Fred Ross. BA, AAS, in Professional Sciences from The Laboratory Institute of Merchandising. Paul Ripley, Biographer - ARC Main Biographer

Don Kurtz, Manager of Photographic Resources

Virgil Elliott, Technical Advisor - ARC Technical Advisor and Living Master/Teacher

Sean Colon, Technical Advisor - BA in International Relations

ARC Board of Judges

Fred Ross - Founder and Chairman of the Art Renewal Center, Ross is the leading authority on William Bouguereau and co author of the recently published Catalogue Raisonné William Bouguereau: His Life and Works. Ross received his MA in art education from Columbia University. His speeches and essays are read by over 300,000 art professionals, educators, students and fans each year; and have become required reading in countless classrooms. Ross is also a well known collector of 19th century European painting and of Contemporary Realism as well.

Dr. Vern Swanson - Swanson has his Phd from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, England and is the former Director of the Springville Museum of Art, Utah, where he served for 30 years. 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 Raisonnés for both artists. In total, the number of books Swanson has published is well into the teens.

Peter Trippi - Former Director of the Dahesh Museum of Art in Manhattan, Trippi is now the Editor of Fine Art Connoisseur magazine, which provides art collectors and enthusiasts with in-depth editorial coverage of historical and contemporary representational art authored by well-known experts. Mr. Trippi is also the leading authority on John William Waterhouse (1849 - 1917) and the author of J.W. Waterhouse, which was published by Phaidon Press in 2002.

Nelson ShanksShanks is an ARC Living Master™ and one of the most sought-after teachers in the world and founder of the post-graduate school, Incamminati. His work has been exhibited in many museums and galleries around the globe and his commissioned portraits include such noted figures as: Princess Diana, Ronald Reagan, Lady Margaret Thatcher, Pope John Paul II, and Bill Clinton. In 2006, Governor Edward G. Rendell presented Nelson with the Governor's Distinguished Arts Award, which recognizes a Pennsylvania artist of international fame or renown whose creations and contributions enrich the Commonwealth.

Michael John Angel - Angel is an ARC Living Master™ and regarded as one of the foremost figurative painters alive today; with his paintings hanging in both public and private collections on both sides of the Atlantic. From 1982 to 1988 he was the Director of the National Portrait Academy in Toronto, Canada, and from 1992 - 1995 the Assistant Director of the Florence Academy of Art in Florence, Italy. In 1997, his school, the Angel Academy of Art was founded with the assistance of Lynne Barton. Angel Academy is now one of the most successful Atelier Schools in the world, requiring of its students the highest standards of traditional techniques.

Juliette Aristides - Arisitides is an ARC Living Master™ and studied at numerous private ateliers, the National Academy of Design and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, before becoming a founding member of the Water Street Atelier with Jacob Collins. She is a recipient of the Elisabeth Greenshields Grant; and founded the Classical Atelier at Gage Academy of Fine Art in Seattle WA. She has authored three books, Classical Drawing Atelier, Classical Painting Atelier, and Lessons in Classical Painting, which includes an instructional DVD and quickly became a best seller. Her books have become well received guidelines for drawing and painting.

Daniel Greene - Greene is an ARC Living Master™ and renowned portrait artist whose work can be found in more than 700 public and private collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian Institution and the White House. Greene was elected to the Pastel Society of America's Pastel Hall of Fame in 1983, and in 1995 received the American Society of Portrait Artists' John Singer Sargent award. In 2001 he was awarded the Gold Medal of the Portrait Society of America. Mr. Greene is the author of two definitive books, Pastel and The Art of Pastel which have been translated into English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, and Chinese. Numerous articles about his work have appeared in the Art News Magazine, Artists Magazine, American Art Review Magazine, American Artist Magazine, Gannett Newspaper, In New York Magazine, International Artist Magazine, McCall’s Magazine, New York Daily News, New York Magazine, New York Newsday, New York Post, New York Times, Pastel Journal, Plein Air Magazine , The Christian Science Monitor, The World and I, Where Magazine, Artists and Illustrators Magazine (England) Disegnare & Dipingere (Italy) and Artistes Magazine(France). He has also been featured on CNN, ABC, CBS, Fox News, New York 1, PBS, and NHK Japan television.

Dr. Gregory S. Headburg - Headburg is the Director of the Department of European Art at the world renowned Hirschl & Adler Galleries in Manhattan. He received his BA in Art history from Princeton University and his PHD from New York University. He was the former Chief Curator of the Wadsworth Antheneum, and was the first professional Director of the New York Academy of Art. He has worked tirelessly throughout his life to bring back a re-appreciation for traditional painting and was one of the first experts in the 19th century field.

Dr. Gabriel Weisberg - Weisberg is a world expert in French Naturalism and a Writer, Lecturer, and Scholar. He is the author of Against the Modern: Dagnon-Bouveret and the Transformation of the Academic Tradtion, and a contributing writer to ARC. His research and work on Jules Breton, Jules Adler, Albert Besnard, Jean-Charles Cazin and Theodule Ribot, have helped reestablish an awareness and appreciation of the entire 19th century.

Daniel F. Gerhartz - Gerhartz is an ARC Living Master™ and has been featured in numerous publications including the hardbound book, Creative Oil Painting: Techniques from 15 Master Painters by Stephen Doherty. His teaching credentials include the Scottsdale Institute and his work is included in the permanent collection of the West Bend Art Museum in Wisconsin and the Huntsville Museum of Art in Alabama. Gerhartz also won Best of Show in the 1st international ARC Salon Competition in 2004, and is one of the few living realists to successfully penetrate the secondary market; with works selling at important auction houses including Sotheby's.

Daniel Graves - Graves is an ARC Living Master™ and traveled to Florence in the 70's in search of the techniques of those masters who inspired him most: Rembrandt, Titian, Velasquez, and also the French academic painters. There he found a personal style that fuses the richness of 19h century Italian painting with academic draftsmanship. He was a student of Richard Serrin at the Villa Schifanoia Graduate School of Fine Art, and studied under Nerina Simi, daughter of the Florentine painter, Filadelfo Simi, a student of Gérôme. Daniel Graves went on to found The Florence Academy of Art in 1991 to keep the tradition of great painting and sculpture alive, where he still serves as the Academic Director and a Head Instructor. In April 2008 Daniel Graves and The Florence Academy of Art received the Excellence in Art Education Award from the Portrait Society of America, and their success has allowed them recently to open a second school in Molndal, Gothenberg, Sweden.

B. Eric Rhoads - Rhoads is the Founder and Chairman of Streamline Publishing, Inc., publisher of Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine, which provides art collectors and enthusiasts with in-depth editorial coverage of historical and contemporary representational art authored by well-known experts. Rhoads also publishes Plein Air, a magazine focused on representational landscape painting with in-depth coverage of historical and contemporary artworks painted en' plein air and in studio and the Plein Air Convention. The company also produces artist videos with many masters including ARC Living Master™ Max Ginsburg. Rhoads is one of the most painted men in history because of frequent portraits by contemporary realists, which appear in the magazines and his portrait project blog. Rhoads, an entrepreneur, founded the company in 1986 and produces other magazines and conferences. He is a well known author and blogger on art marketing, has released a DVD series for artists on art marketing, and is also a landscape and figurative painter.

Patrick Wilshire - Patrick Wilshire is the Co-Director of the Association of Fantastic Art, dedicated to the promotion, recognition and elevation of the art of imaginative realism. The AFA is the organization behind the groundbreaking IX symposium, the annual celebration of imaginative realism (founded in 2008) and the IX Exchange, the online nexus for collectors of original paintings, drawings and sculpture from this style of realist art. In addition, he is the author of Visions of Never: The Collection of Fantastic Art (2009), The Art of the Dragon: The Definitive Collection of Contemporary Dragon Paintings (2012), and the forthcoming History of Imaginative Realism. He was also honored to be a guest curator of AT THE EDGE: Art of the Fantastic, the most comprehensive exhibition of imaginative realist art ever to be mounted in the US. AT THE EDGE premiered at the Allentown Art Museum in June of 2012, drawing record crowds to the museum. He is currently curating the upcoming infra:REAL - The Art of Imaginative Realism show for the Jonathan Levine Gallery in NYC, which premiers in August of 2015. Together with his wife, Jeannie, he has been collecting original imaginative realist art for 20 years.

Jeannie Wilshire - is the Co-Director of the Association of Fantastic Art, dedicated to the promotion, recognition and elevation of the art of imaginative realism. The AFA is the organization behind the groundbreaking IX symposium, the annual celebration of imaginative realism (founded in 2008) and the IX Exchange, the online nexus for collectors of original paintings, drawings and sculpture from this style of realist art. In addition, she is the author and designer of Visions of Never: The Collection of Fantastic Art (2009) and the forthcoming History of Imaginative Realism. She is also the designer of IlluXConcepts Volumes 1-5 and The Art of the Dragon: The Definitive Collection of Contemporary Dragon Paintings (2012). She was honored to be a guest curator of AT THE EDGE: Art of the Fantastic, the most comprehensive exhibition of imaginative realist art ever to be mounted in the US. AT THE EDGE premiered at the Allentown Art Museum in June of 2012, drawing record crowds to the museum. She is currently curating the upcoming infra:REAL - The Art of Imaginative Realism show for the Jonathan Levine Gallery in NYC, which premiers in August of 2015. Together with her husband, Patrick, she has been collecting original imaginative realist art for 15 years.

Kara Lysandra Ross - Chief Operating Officer for the Art Renewal Center and Chief Executive Officer for The Da Vinci Initiative, dedicated to introducing skill-based art education in public and private schools K-12, she was a Sotheby's intern and holds a BA in Art History from Drew University. As an art educator, she is a regular columnist in the arts section of The Epoch Times and is a contributing writer for Fine Art Connoisseur magazine. She was the co-editor of the William Bouguereau Catalogue Raisonné and author of chapter 28 in the recently published second edition. She served on a panel focused on the future of representational art at The Realist Art Conference (TRAC) in 2014 and recently wrote a chapter on French and English Academic Painting for the University of Liverpool's upcoming publication on 19th century art. She is currently researching and writing the catalogue raisonné on Edmund Blair Leighton (1852-1922), for which she is accepted as the world authority on the artist. kara.ross@artrenewal.org

Julie Bell - is an ARC Living Master™ who was born in Beaumont, Texas. A former competitive bodybuilder, her knowledge of anatomy has allowed her to imbue her figures of humans and animals with grace and strength. Julie's work in the fantasy and science fiction field has appeared on hundreds of book covers, comic books, trading cards, and various collectibles. Her work can be seen worldwide in major advertising campaigns, album covers, posters, and collectibles of all kinds. Every year, she and her husband, Boris Vallejo, produce the highly anticipated Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell Fantasy Calendar published by Workman, now in its 33rd year. More recently, Julie has turned her attention to painting wildlife, winning first place in the Animal Category in the International ARC Salon two years in a row. Julie Bell should also be singled out as winning the most awards in any one competition ARC has ever held, in the 2012/2013 Salon winning First Place in the Imaginative Realist Category, First and Third Place in the Animal Category, and two purchase awards. She also received Best Portrait Runner Up, two additional honorable mentions, and has emerged as one of the top artists of her generation.

James Hastie - is a Senior Director of Christie's with over 24 years' experience in the 19thCentury European Paintings and Drawings department. Appointed a Director of Christie's London and Head of Christie's South Kensington's British and 19th Century European Paintings department in 2000, he was instrumental in the redevelopment and success of that sale site. In 2006, James joined the New York team as a Senior Specialist supporting all areas of the team's business-getting activities and appointed Head of 19th Century European Art in 2009. James has also been a Christie's sale and charity auctioneer for over 15 years.

Anthony Waichulis - Waichulis is an ARC Living Master™ and is regarded as the premiere Trompe L'oeil painter living today. Celebrated by critics and collectors alike, Waichulis' works have been published in nearly every major art publication worldwide including but not limited to: The Artist's Magazine, Fine Art Connoisseur, American Artist, American Art Review, American Art Collector, Art News and Art-Talk. Anthony has exhibited in a salvo of key venues across the country including the Smithsonian Institute, National Arts Club, Orlando Museum of Art, Butler Institute, Washington Museum of Fine Arts, The World Arts Museum in Beijing as well as many others. He is also the founder of the highly successful Waichulis Studio and co-founder and chief curriculum designer of the International Ani Art Academies project. In 2011 The Waichulis Studio merged with the Ani Art Academies project to form the domestic flagship of the Ani project, The Ani Art Academy Waichulis in Wilkes Barre, PA. Since then the Ani Art Academies project has seen the launch of two international Academies, Ani Art Academy Anguilla and Dominicana. Additional Academies using Waichulis' now celebrated curriculum are also scheduled to open in Thailand and Sri Lanka in 2015.

Mario Andres Robinson - is an ARC Living Master™, an Exhibiting Artist Member (EAM) of The National Arts Club, an Artist Member of The Salmagundi Club and a Signature Member of The Pastel Society of America. His work has been featured several times in and on the cover of American Artist magazine. In the February, 2006 issue of The Artist's Magazine, Mario was selected as one of the top 20 realist artists under the age of 40. The work of Mario Andres Robinson fits squarely within the tradition of American painting. Robinson's finished works bear a close affinity to the masters of the realist tradition, Andrew Wyeth and Thomas Eakins. Robinson's work has a timeless and universal quality, capturing the human spirit by exemplifying his subjects inner psyche. Although Robinson's oeuvre is diverse, beginning in 1994, Robinson began to extensively incorporate rural subjects, primarily located in the state of Alabama.

Advisory Board

Kate Williams - ARC Founder and Advisor of Website development and Public Relations

Iian Neill - Former Director of Internet Activities and ARC Webmaster; Writer; Artist; Web Designer; ARC Founder

Vern Swanson - PhD from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, England; Present Director of Springville Museum, Utah; Lecturer/Scholar/ Writer; Expert on Victorian 19th Century European Art and Russian Art through 20th Century; World Expert and Author of the Catalogs Raisonne on Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema and John William Godward

Gregory Hedberg - PhD from New York University; Present Director of Hirschl and Adler Galleries; Lecturer and Writer; one of the founders of The New York Academy of Art, and was appointed its first Director; Past Head Curator of European Paintings, Wadsworth Athenaeum, Hartford CN

Allan Banks - Former President of the American Society of Classical Realism; ARC Judge Rotation; ARC Living Master

Richard Whitney - Chairman of the American Society of Portrait Artists; ARC Judge Rotation; ARC Living Master

Peter Trippi -Former Director of the Dahesh Museum of Art in Manhattan, Trippi is now the Editor of Fine Art Connoisseur magazine, which provides art collectors and enthusiasts with in-depth editorial coverage of historical and contemporary representational art authored by well-known experts. Mr. Trippi is also the leading authority on John William Waterhouse (1849 - 1917) and the author of J.W. Waterhouse, which was published by Phaidon Press in 2002.

John Angel - Founder of Angel Academy of Art, Florence, Italy; ARC Living Master/Teacher

Lynne Barton - Director of Angel Academy, Florence, Italy

Gabriel Weisberg PhD - World Expert French Naturalism; Writer/ Lecturer/Scholar; Author of Against the Modern: Dagnan-Bouveret and the Transformation of the Academic Tradition; contributing writer to ARC; Dr. Weisberg's examination and study of many artists - including Jules Breton, Jules Adler, Albert Besnard, Jean-Charles Cazin and Theodule Ribot - have helped reestablish an awareness and appreciation of the entire 19th Century.

Deborah Brent - Director of the Academy of Realist Art, Toronto, Canada

Steve Gjertson - Living Master, Advisor of Standards and Practices, Former President of the American Society of Classical Realism

Dan Greene - Living Master, ARC Judge

Daniel Gerhartz - ARC Salon "Best in Show" winner, Living Master, ARC Judge

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