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Below are our category descriptions. Works can be entered in multiple categories when appropriate. For example:

  • A sculpture of an animal can be entered in both the Animal and Sculpture categories
  • A fanciful, fictitious landscape can be entered in both the Landscape and the Imaginative Realist categories
  • If a still life has an animal in it, it can be entered in both the Still Life and Animal categories
  • Symbolic and allegorical works can be entered in both the Figurative and Imaginative Realist categories
  • Drawings in color pencils can be entered in the Figurative and Imaginative Realist categories
  • These are just examples, other combinations are possible. If you have questions, please write to Kara.Ross@artrenewal.org

Figurative

Groups of people, individuals, and nudes. Any oils, color pencil, watercolor, acrylic, and pastels that depict the human form are all acceptable mediums for this category. Entrants can enter their work in multiple categories as they see fit. (Sculptures should be entered in the Sculpture category and and graphite and charcoal drawings should be in the Drawing category even if they have figures in them. If the work is clearly a portrait, it should be entered in the Portrait category, though many paintings of single figures are not necessarily portraits, and some may be appropriate to enter in both the Figurative and Portrait categories.)

Thank you to The Florence Academy of Art for sponsoring this category.

Imaginative Realism

This category includes historical scenes, fantasy, religious, surrealism and science fiction works. Other realist based figurative works will remain in the Figurative Category. Entrants can enter their work in multiple categories as they see fit.

Landscape

All landscape subjects are acceptable, from cityscapes to seascapes, the real to the imaginary. Entrants can enter their work in multiple categories as they see fit.

Animals

This category includes all animal art. Any paintings, sculptures or drawings where an animal or animals are the subject of the work. Entrants can enter their work in multiple categories as they see fit. (If the main subject of a painting or drawing is a figure, it should go in the Figurative category.)

Still Life

From the traditional to the inventive, works may range from a single object to a room's full interior. Entrants can enter their work in multiple categories as they see fit.

Sculpture

The subject matter is open in this category and includes sculptures created in all media. The category mandates that the works are actually sculpted however, casts made by pouring materials over the actual model to create molds are not acceptable.

Drawing

The subject matter is open in this category and may include pencil and graphite drawings, en grisaille oil paintings, as well as charcoal and silverpoint. Entrants can enter their work in multiple categories as they see fit.

Thank you to Studio Incamminati for sponsoring this category.

Portraiture

This important genre first thrived 5,000 years ago in ancient Egypt. Since then it has always served as more then just a visual record and has been used to demonstrate power, importance, virtue, beauty, wealth or taste; but most importantly, portraits are intended to capture the soul of the sitter. Entrants can enter their work in multiple categories as they see fit.

Sponsored by Bay Area Classical Artist Atelier (BACCA)

Plein Air Paintings

This year we are introducing a new 9th category for Plein Air Painting in the ARC Salon Competition. Plein air painting is about painting on site and creating beautiful scenes fully from life in a natural setting. Its origins started centuries ago as a way to capture color and light, and works created in this method were often used by artists as reference sketches when creating academic studio works. However, this style of painting took on a life of its own, becoming a favorite of the French Impressionists. Their desire to paint light and its changing, ephemeral qualities, married with the creation of transportable paint tubes and the box easel, allowed artists the freedom to paint “en plein air,” which is the French expression for “in the open air.” Although this category is most often associated to landscape paintings, figurative works that were also painted en plein air, are encouraged in this category. We are proud to add this important historical genera to the ARC Salon. Entrants can enter their work in multiple categories as they see fit.