For the first time within the ARC Salon they have hosted an independent side-competition for realist high-school artwork (students of 14 to 19 years of age). Through the work of The Da Vinci Initiative, atelier-style schools that have young artist programs, and high school teachers with a passion for skill-based art education, the ARC Salon seeks to acknowledge and encourage the growing skills of these young artists by expanding the ARC Salon to recognize their work. These works by our talented youth did not compete in the main categories of the ARC Salon, but in a separate division specifically for young students. In this year's ARC Salon, They have recognized 21 works along with their teachers and schools for their outstanding accomplishment in the visual arts. A $2,500 scholarship has been awarded for the winning high school student's artwork that can be used at any ARC Approved® school or program. In addition, the winner will receive international recognition for their artwork, their instructor, and their school through the ARC website as well as publication in the ARC Salon catalogue. The work may also have the opportunity to travel in the live version of the exhibition, which will travel from the Salmagundi Club, New York City, to the MEAM museum in Barcelona, Spain.
The winner of The Da Vinci Initiative Award for the Young Aspiring Artist, ARC's independent side-competition for realist high-school artwork that was first introduced this year, went to 15 year old Ray Wanda Totanes, for her painting, Perception of Self. She has studied at Artalyer Workshops and Studio, located in Quezon City, in the Philippines where she has been apprenticing under Mr. Alfred Galvez for the past two years. About the work, Ray says, "In this piece I look upon my 15 year old self without holding back any criticisms as I am aware that this girl is only just a fleeting memory of the past immortalized in an image." ARC says that they are “inspired to see this powerful self-portrait created by a 15 year old student, proving that high-school aged students are capable of learning these skill-based techniques and incorporating them into unique images with a unique voice.”
To view the results of the competition visit https://www.arcsalon.org/Salon2016/Home/Index