12th International ARC Salon Traveling Exhibition Opens at the MEAM (European Museum of Modern Art) Exhibition

 

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On Friday, September 22, 2017, ARC (Art Renewal Center) held the opening reception and award ceremony for their 12th Annual International Salon Exhibition at the MEAM (European Museum of Modern Art) in Barcelona, Spain.  It was held in conjunction with the presentation of the winners of the 8th Contest of Figurative Painting and Sculpture 2017 (Figurativas 2017) sponsored by the Fundació de les Arts i els Artistes.  These are the largest and most prestigious representational art competitions in North America and Europe respectively, and in this combined show they have assembled the latest work of some of the best representational artists from all over the world.

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Photo courtesy of ARC

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Photo courtesy of ARC

In this annual showcase for top contemporary representational art, 85 works were on display in the ARC Salon and 91 works were on display in Figurativas 2017 show.  ARC reported that the entries to both competitions combined numbered over 5,500 works submitted by over 3,000 artists from over 90 countries.  When I think of the high quality of these artworks teamed with the sheer number of entries, it is an additional honor to have been included in this remarkable assemblage of work.

 

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As an exhibiting artist I was invited to attend the opening reception and awards ceremony.  I could not resist a trip to enchanting Barcelona to see my work in what would be my first European museum exhibition.  The reception was a well-attended and wonderfully successful event.  There were four speakers for the opening ceremony – Kara Lysandra Ross, ARC Chief Operating Officer and the ARC exhibition organizer; Tenaya Sims, Recipient of this year’s Best in Show; Susan Tintori, Director of the Florence Academy of Art; and José Manuel Infiesta, MEAM Museum Director and Founder.  Awards were presented by Kara Lysandra Ross, and all exhibiting artists in attendance were called to the front for recognition, applause, and a group photo.

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Accepting awards from Kara Lysandra Ross

 

Having previously seen the majority of these works on display in the classic brownstone beauty of the grand Salmagundi Club on the first leg of the ARC Salon Traveling Exhibition, seeing them in the different context of the MEAM was interesting.  The rustic walls of the centuries-old building provided a striking juxtaposition to the polished works and made for a perfect backdrop to the show.  The setting and layout gave the paintings a chance to interact with each other and their environment differently – just as the personalities of people combine with one another for different outcomes, so did those of the paintings.

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On Saturday, September 23, 2017, an additional event was held at the MEAM.  It included a screening of a short film with an overview of the judging process for Figurativas 2017;  a discussion with Tenaya Sims, Kara Lysandra Ross, José Manuel Infiesta, and Daniel Graves (Founder of the Florence Academy of Art) about representational art today;  and an Artist’s Roundtable led by Kara Lysandra Ross where all artists in attendance could participate in a discussion of the challenges, concerns, and hopes of today’s artists.

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I feel it is really quite a thrill and an honor to be exhibiting in this incredibly prestigious salon and venue, and I am not alone in this feeling.  The sentiment was common, it seemed, among all the other exhibiting artists with whom I spoke.  Spending time with the artists whom I know was a pleasure, as was having the opportunity to meet more artists from both the ARC Salon & the outstanding Figurativas show.  I also enjoyed meeting the founder of the MEAM, José Manuel Infiesta.  He was a joy to speak with as he is a warm and engaging personality who is clearly passionate about promoting art and artists.

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Painter, Nicole Moné with José Infiesta, MEAM Founder

 

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It is heartening that this resurgence in representational art is being fostered by those dedicated to reshaping the definition of modern art.  That “modern” can be representational and that artwork of classic beauty and skill is not only relevant, but steadily rising in the arena of contemporary interest.  Kudos to ARC and MEAM for joining forces with this amazing pairing of exhibits in their continuing efforts to support artists and advance representational art worldwide.

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The 12th International ARC Salon Live Exhibition will remain on view through November 27th, 2017 at the European Museum of Modern Art (MEAM) in Barcelona, Spain and is the final leg of the traveling exhibition. For additional information about the show, please visit the ARC Salon website.
I have treasured this opportunity to show with world-class artists in outstanding venues and would recommend entering the ARC Salon to any representational artist.
Submissions are currently being accepted through November 15, 2017 for the 13th International ARC Salon – you may apply here: Art Renewal Center
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12th International Art Renewal Center Salon Competition and Live Exhibition

The Art Renewal Center (ARC) is a highly regarded organization dedicated to the renewal of traditional art education and training. In their 12th International ARC Salon Competition, there were 1,006 finalist works (representing 32% of works submitted) by 640 artists from 63 countries. I was thrilled to be among the finalists and to have my painting, Blowing Smoke (Portrait of Aaron Shikler), awarded the Collection Magazine Award and Dual Category Award.

From the award winners and the balance of the 1,006 finalist works, ARC is in the process of selecting between 75-100 works to be included in the live exhibit of the ARC Salon that will travel from the Salmagundi Club in New York, New York to the MEAM Museum in Barcelona, Spain.

I am honored and pleased to announce that my painting Blowing Smoke (Portrait of Aaron Shikler) has been selected for inclusion in what promises to be an exceptional exhibit.

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Blowing Smoke (Portrait of Aaron Shikler) 36″x24″ – Oil on Linen

 

The 12th International ARC Salon Exhibition will be on view at the Salmagundi Club, NYC from May 12 – June 1, with the public opening reception on Saturday, May 13th from 11am to 3pm. The works will then travel to the MEAM Museum (European Museum of Modern Art) in Barcelona, Spain, where they will be on view from September 23 – November 27, 2017.

To see more of the works included in the Live Exhibition visit artrenewalcenter.org

May 12 – June 1, 2017 – Salmagundi Club – 47 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10003  Public Opening – Saturday, May 13th, 2017 –  11am – 3pm

Sept 23 – Nov 27, 2017 – European Museum of Modern Art (MEAM), C/ Barra de Ferro 5, 08003, Barcelona, Spain

September 22nd, 2017 – ARC Award Ceremony and Figurativas Opening Ceremony Starts 7pm

September 23rd, 2017 – Artists Forum Starts 11am