ARC is pleased to present the winners and finalists of the 12th International ARC Salon Competition. This year we have 1,006 finalist works by 640 artists from 63 countries, representing 32% of works submitted. ARC has acquired 14 new works for the ARC collection, valued at over $130,000.
This year our Best in Show went to Tenaya Sims, for his painting of Semillas, meaning seeds. A large 99 x 70-inch symbolic work, this painting's imagery brings to the mind of the viewer ideas about the creation of life, as figures in the fiery droplets fall into the ocean planting the seeds of primordial life. Sims recollects a childhood memory of burning a ballpoint pen and watching the ink burn into fiery droplets as the possible inspiration for this painting. The Bouguereau Award went to our runner-up for best in show, The Performance, by Nick Alm. This Sargent-esque work, inspired by Burlesque dance, captures subtle human emotion in dramatic lights and darks.
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