The Art Renewal Center just announced the recipients of more than $30,000 in scholarships to aid students at ARC Approved Art Academy and Atelier Schools. Find out who won the awards.

“Gumby, Pokey, and the Spilled Gumballs,” by Samuel Hung

The Art Renewal Center (ARC) has one of the most active websites and support programs for artists and organizations dedicated to great and enduring art, to humanist values in the visual arts, and to future generations. In that effort, ARC gives scholarships to students attending the academies and atelier schools that have met ARC’s rigid standards. This year’s judges, Frederick Ross, the founder and chairman of ARC, and Dr. Vern Swanson, former director of the Springfield Museum of Art in Utah, selected five First Place winners who will each receive $3,500, four Second Place winners who will be awarded $1,800, and seven Third Place award winners who will each receive $1,000.

Untitled, by Anthony Baus

The First Place awards will go to Erin Anderson (Ani Academy Waichulis), Brandon D. Drake (Ani Academy Waichulis), Kresten Smedemark (Angel Academy of Art), Katie Whipple (Grand Central Academy of Art), and Bayasgalan Batmagnai (Florence Academy of Art). Second Place awards were won by Hayley Brown (Angel Academy of Art), Sophie Merle (Angele Academy of Art), Tanvi Pathare (Florence Academy of Art), and Samuel Hung (Grand Central Academy of Art). Third Place scholarships will go to Alicia Long (Ani Academy Waichulis), Ione Mary Hunter Gordon (Florence Academy of Art), Erika Baez (Ani Academy Waichulis), Katie Linddiard (Center for Academic Study & Naturalist Painting), Anthony Baus (Grand Central Academy), Devin Cecil (Grand Central Academy), and Niki Covington (Grand Central Academy). For more information, visit


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