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Posted 11/07/16
Abstraction & Representation: Finding Common Ground Exhibition and Symposium

Denver, Colorado
November 17 and 18, 2016

Collectors for Connoisseurship (C4C) Arts Weekend in Denver from Nov 17-18. Abstraction & Representation: Finding Common Ground Exhibition featuring the works of more than 50 artists of renown in the abstract and representational traditions. This unique national exhibition is the central component of the C4C events to be held at Space Gallery (unless otherwise indicated):

Gala Opening of Windows to the Divine Exhibition: Nov 17 6-7:30pm

C4C Light Lunch & National Symposium: Nov 18 11:30-3:30pm:

  • Dr. Gwen Chanzit, Curator of Modern Art, Denver Art Museum: "The Development of Abstraction: A Brief Sampling from Cezanne to Pollock"
  • Shannon Robinson: "From Abstraction to Contemporary Realism"
  • Panel Discussion: Albert Handell (2016 Fra Angelico Artist of the Year), Dan Jacobs, University of Denver, Director of Victoria Myhren Gallery and Michael Paglia, art critic

If you would like to attend the events above, you can purchase C4C tickets on our website @$75 per person for the Gala and Symposium (2-day regular ticket) or $25 per person for the Symposium Only (1-day regular ticket). If you prefer to send a check, you may send the same payable to the Colorado Dominican Vocation Foundation at PO Box 759 Kittredge, CO 80457.

For more information please contact:
Shannon Robinson
(303) 679-1365

Posted 10/24/16
In Memory of Karen Yee

We have some sad news to share with you...

The light emanating from the studio of Artist Karen Yee has been extinguished. On October 15, 2016, she left us to create art in a higher place.

Karen has been a long-standing member of IGOR since 2011 and has participated in several juried annual exhibitions. Although her work is completed, she lives on through her paintings and forever in our hearts and memories.

Karen Yee will be remembered and missed by all of us at IGOR. She will evermore remain part of our group and will remain listed on the Guild's website indefinitely.

Posted 09/06/16
IGOR 11th Annual Exhibition Videos
August 26th - September 17th, 2016 at Gallery 1261 in Denver, CO

IGOR has once again produced several videos which includes several images from all of the special events including images taken during the opening. Thank you to all of the members and their guests who attended the events in Denver and hopefully these videos will bring back quite a few happy memories. For those of you who weren't able to attend or to be juried into the event, we hope that you will enjoy the videos of the 11th Annual International Guild of Realism Exhibition. Thanks for your team spirit and we are glad that you came!

These videos are amazing so if you can watch them on a big screen smart TV, we highly recommend it. Enjoy!

Videos were produced by Fosha Productions of Phoenix, Arizona.

The Opening Reception


The Paintings




Posted 09/09/16
American Art Collector Magazine  |  IGOR Article and Ads

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Posted 08/08/16
New York, NY  |  Chelsea's Agora Gallery
Chelsea's Agora Gallery will feature the original work of Juror-selected IGOR member Esther Huser in The Chelsea International Fine Art Competition Exhibition. The exhibition opens on August 11th and will run until August 23rd, 2016. The opening reception will take place Thursday, August 11th, from 6-8 PM. Any art lover who enjoys thought-provoking artworks and meeting talented and interesting artists is encouraged to attend.

About the Artist
Award-winning Swiss artist Esther Huser has mastered the American photorealist style to create astounding works of great beauty and intimate detail. Painting with a minimal palette (only five colors), Huser explores the intricacies of the natural world with close-up figurative renderings of plants and natural objects.

Exhibition Dates: August 11, 2016 - August 23, 2016
Reception: Thursday August 11, 2016, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Gallery Hours: Tues-Sat 11-6
Gallery Location: 530 West 25th St, Chelsea, New York
Event URL:

Posted 06/23/16
Three Days of Art Events in Denver, CO  |  August 24th - August 26th
IGOR will be hosting several events beginning on Wednesday evening, August 24th through to the Artist's Reception on Friday evening, from 6:00 to 9:00 pm, August 26th. We sincerely hope that many of our IGOR members, whether juried in the show or not, will make the trip to Denver later this summer and be a part of one of the largest realism exhibitions to be held in Colorado! We are thrilled to be holding our 11th Annual Exhibition at Gallery 1261 and are planning to have numerous events over a three day period. Several of the above events will be costly especially since all of our events are in downtown Denver so IGOR will need to charge an "event fee" for IGOR artists and guests. With much effort, IGOR has tried our best to keep costs down but at the same time we want to make it a grand and memorable week of art events.

Please notify IGOR as soon as possible by email at: when you know that you will be coming to the 11th Annual Juried Exhibition. We strongly encourage IGOR artist members to come along with their guests.

Video of Upcoming Art Events in Denver


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Posted 06/03/16
European Realist Organization
AERA, the Association Embracing Realist Art, is a movement offering memberships to all realist artists who regard this artform to be of vital importance as a universal language for everyone to understand. While any other language needs a translation realist art does not. People from around the world are able to see immediately what the realist artist is trying to say.
For more information please click on the link below:

Posted 03/19/16
12th Annual ARC Salon Competition
The most prestigious realist art competition in the Americas and perhaps the world, the International ARC Salon offers over $100,000 in cash awards and International recognition through partnerships with prestigious magazines, galleries, museum exhibitions, and a strong online presence. Artists are welcome to enter works and can win the top awards whether or not their works are available for in-person viewing or for the live exhibition.
They are currently remodeling the entire ARC Website from the ground up to bring an easier navigation and superior user experience to our ARC visitors. The full website will be available this summer, but they are launching their new ARC Salon entry pages and system now.
Please CLICK HERE to view the new prospectus and to enter the 12th International ARC Salon.


Posted 10/07/15
Art Renewal Center (ARC) Salon News
Every year ARC holds a Salon style arts competition for works of realism, mostly oil paintings. This year, the winners are going to be exhibited at the European Museum of Modern Art in Spain next month. The show will be exhibited alongside the very prestigious Figurativas competition winners as well. Then in January, the Salmagundi Club in NYC will feature the ARC show after it returns from Barcelona. If you get a chance to see the show in New York City we highly recommend it!
View Press Release
See Art Renewal Center Competition Winners
Go to Salmagundi Club Website for Information About the Show

Posted 09/12/15
IGOR is now on Facebook!
Please visit our new official IGOR Facebook group page and click "Like" and "Get Notifications".
You can view recently uploaded photos and videos of our IGOR Exhibitions and much more!


Posted 05/14/15
IGOR Member, Debra Keirce, Awarded 'Best of Show'
Debra Keirce's 2.5 inch tall miniature painting "Vanilla" was awarded best of show at the 2015 Prairie Winds 16th National Annual Miniature Show in Grand Island, NE!! They don't have this year's winners on their website yet, but they will shortly: Miniature Show Prospectus

Posted 12/01/14
2014/2015 International ARC Salon Competition
All entries must be submitted by January 15, 2015. There is an entry fee of $50.00 US for the first artwork entered and $42.00 US for each additional artwork. Each entrant will receive one copy of the 2014-2015 ARC Salon Catalogue which is included in their first entry fee.
The Art Renewal Center is now accepting entries to the 2014/2015 International ARC Salon Competition. Participants will compete for recognition, over $60,000 in cash prizes, and a chance to have their work seen by some of the more than 5,000,000 annual visitors to the ARC website, as well as in other reputable venues.
For the first time ARC will be having a live exhibition of some of the winners and finalists at the MEAM (Museum of European Art Modern), a museum dedicated to contemporary realism in Barcelona, Spain. Also, for the first time, they are offering an exhibition at a top New York City gallery. Rehs Contemporary Galleries, Inc., New York City, NY will select a group of approximately 15 finalists who will be asked to supply the gallery with additional images. From those finalists, the gallery will choose 4 - 6 artists for a group show to be held at their gallery on 57th Street either late 2015 or early 2016. Also, Streamline Art Video will award one finalist a showcase as a key featured part of a DVD on the ARC Salon.
The ARC Salon will have press coverage in at least six magazines and two newspapers; Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine will be publishing an article on the top winners of the 2014-2015 ARC Salon as well as select a finalist for a featured article. In addition, Plein Air Magazine, American Art Collector Magazine, Western Art Collector Magazine, American Fine Art Magazine, and International Artist Magazine will all be giving out awards as well. This year Brandon Kralik will be writing an article on the 2014/2015 ARC Salon for the Huffington Post and ARC Chief Operating Officer, Kara Lysandra Ross, will write an article on the top winners for the Epoch Times, a large international newspaper that publishes in 19 languages.
To read the prospectus and enter the competition, click here.


Posted 12/4/14
Mexico City 1st International Watercolor Exhibit
Patricia Guzmán is organizing as the Representative of the International Watercolor Society in Mexico: "Mexico City 1st International Watercolor Exhibit". The idea of this exhibit is to promote watercolor paintings in Mexico, showcasing the best watercolor painting being made today both internationally and in Mexico.
Entry deadline is December 12th, 2014.
The exhibition would like to create a platform for watercolor exchange between Mexico and the world, promote the communication of artists from different countries to push the art of watercolor forward.
15 watercolors of the greatest watercolor painters of today will be showcased along 30 artworks that will be selected to participate from this open call for entries. The selection of artworks will be made through an international panel of major names of artists in the world of watercolor.
Abe Toshiyuki (Japan)
Andrew Kish (USA)
Angus McEwan (Scotland)
Atanur Dogan (Canada-Turkey)
Cheng Chen-Wen (Taiwan)
David Poxon (UK)
Ilya Ibryaev (Russia)
John Salminen (USA)
Joseph Zbukvic (Australia)
Keiko Tanabe (USA-Japan)
Pablo Ruben (Spain)
Stanislaw Zoladz (Sweden)
Tarmeño Fernandez (Peru-Colombia)
Yuko Nagayama (Japan)
Zhou Tianya (China)
and others
In this blog you can find all the information, deadline is December 12th.

Posted 10/20/14
Patricia Guzmán from Mexico City, IGOR Juried Member
A major How To article has been published in the Oct/Nov 2014 issue of International Artist Magazine, which is now for sale. Patricia's juried painting in this year's 9th IGOR show "Forgotten" is featured in this in-depth article.
"It's very moving that I'm being featured in the magazine. When I started the painting, I spent quite some time reading it trying to figure out how artists achieved effects. However it was the inspiration and motivation I found which makes it truly special, and can't thank the magazine enough for this." — Patricia

Posted 10/24/13
International 2013/2014 ARC Salon Prospectus is Live
We are happy to announce the Art Renewal Center's 2013-2014 Salon. This will be our 10th annual competition in which some of the best contemporary realist artists in the world compete for recognition, cash prizes, and a chance to have their work seen by some of the more than 5,000,000 annual visitors to the ARC website, as well as in other reputable venues.
This year we will have press coverage in six magazines; Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine will be publishing an article on the top winners of the 2012-2013 Salon. In addition, Plein Air Magazine will be giving out a special award to one artist to be featured in their magazine. Also, for the first year ever, American Art Collector Magazine, Western Art Collector Magazine, American Fine Art Magazine, and International Artist Magazine will all be giving out awards as well. ARC Director of Operations, Kara Lysandra Ross, will write an article on the top winners for the Epoch Times, a large international newspaper that publishes in 19 languages.
The Best in Show winner of the 2013/2014 ARC Salon competition, in addition to $8,000, will be awarded with a fully produced and released video DVD produced by Streamline Art Video showing a demonstration of their technique, an interview with the artist, and a profile of the artist's work as a key featured part of a DVD on the ARC Salon.
This year we are offering $61,450 in cash awards, though with purchase awards sometimes being well above the minimum stated below, the total amount is often much higher. For example, in last year's competition paintings valued at over $200,000 were purchased. Participants can compete and win in 7 categories.
To view the full prospectus, click here.

Posted 10/24/13
Liberty Wildlife Animal Presentation
Gallery at Tempe Center for the Arts
Noon-2pm, Sun., Nov. 10, Gallery
Artist Anne Peyton from the International Guild of Realism exhibition is also a volunteer bird handler with Liberty Wildlife. They have arranged a short free educational program for the TCA to highlight birds of the region. Event will be free to the public. Great opportunity for youth and adults alike to see the IGOR exhibition and get up close to nature!
The IGOR exhibition includes 91 artists and 10 of the featured artworks include bird imagery. Artists with bird imagery include: Anne Peyton, Barbara Rudolph, Sandra Blair, Paula Henchell, Louise Daoust, Colin Poole, Len Rusin, Heather Larsen, Camille Engel and Gary Davis Lang.
Liberty Wildlife believes strongly in connecting the public, especially children, with the natural world. Our Education group visits classroom and civic event settings with non-releasable wildlife. Well-trained presenters teach about the natural history of each animal, and tell how each came to be at Liberty Wildlife. They explain the place that the animal holds in the desert ecosystem, and point out adaptations to desert life. We explain the pressures that humanity places on the desert. It is a strong message of conservation delivered under the glowing yellow eyes of a great horned owl or in the presence of any of the Liberty education ambassadors.

Posted 09/13/13
IGOR is proud to announce our latest Allied Organization. The Scottsdale Artists' School in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Scottsdale Artists' School
480.990.1422 or 800.333.5707
3720 N. Marshall Way Scottsdale, AZ 85251

The Scottsdale Artists' School, a non-profit organization founded in 1983, is dedicated to the artistic enrichment of the community and to developing the capabilities of artists and aspiring artists of all ages by teaching the applied fundamentals of fine art. Scottsdale Artists School offers a variety of programs including weekly classes, youth programs and workshops taught by the nations leading artists.

Posted 09/04/13
VIP Opening Reception on October 4th from 6 to 8:30 pm
Please join us for the first ever VIP Opening Reception for the 8th Annual International Juried Exhibition at the Tempe Center for the Arts in Tempe, Arizona.
Tickets are $100 per person and include:
  • Gourmet heavy hor d'oeuvres provided by Santa Barbara catering and drinks at the full bar.
  • Red Carpet Opening unveiling the masterpieces of 93 realist artists.
  • Award Presentation. IGOR awards will be presented to the artists during the evening.
  • Sponsors Ganem Jewelry and Vala Ola Studios will each give away silver jewelry to lucky winners.
  • Meet and mingle with award winning artists from all over the world.

To purchase VIP Tickets: Email the Guild at or Call the TCA Box Office at 480-350-2822

Limited number of tickets will be sold to the public so hurry now to order tickets to this special art event coming to Arizona.

Feel free to email IGOR with questions:

The public opening reception will be on Saturday, October 5, 2013 from 6 to 9 pm. For more informations, click here.

Posted 07/01/13
Kline Academy of Fine Art
Ongoing Realism Workshops at the Kline Academy of Fine Art including these instructors; master artist, David Leffel, Cheryl Kline (IGOR member), Michael Siegle and Maureen Hyde, Florence Academy Instructor. This art school is operated by fellow IGOR member Cheryl Kline and we highly recommend these classes to our IGOR membership.
Kline Academy of Fine Art
3264 Motor Ave, Los Angeles, CA. 90034 (near National)  |
(310) 927-2436

Posted 05/14/13
ARC Salon Competition 2012/2013 Results for Award winners plus finalists:
With an approximate 2000 entries this year by over 850 artists, the competition was steeper than ever. Even with an additional category, expanding our finalist cut up to the top 600 entries, the finalists only include the top 30% of works submitted. The Salon Catalogue will most likely run about 200 pages and include over 600 full color images, the winners receiving full page plates. They had the largest number of purchase awards ever with 17 works being acquired, the value of the paintings totaling over $240,000. This is in addition to the $40,000 in cash prizes and the production of the DVD, valued at $25,000.
To view results click here.

Posted 04/29/13
Painting the "Living Landscapes" of Frederic Church at Olana
Hudson, NY’
From September 17 through September 19, 2013, The Olana Partnership is pleased to offer Painting the Living Landscapes of Frederic Church, a unique getaway package to the beautiful Hudson Valley in New York State. Artists will discover Olana State Historic Site, the home and surrounding landscape of renowned 19th century landscape artist Frederic Edwin Church, which overlooks the Hudson River and majestic Catskill Mountains. Participants will view Church's artwork from Maine in Olana's 2013 exhibition "Maine Sublime" in the Evelyn and Maurice Sharp Gallery located on site. Learn new artistic techniques in the two-day en plein air watercolor workshop with internationally respected watercolor artistand fellow IGOR member Evelyn Dunphy ( hailing from West Bath, Maine.
Accommodations are made at the historic Mount Merino Manor Bed and Breakfast, a short one-mile drive from Olana State Historic Site. Mount Merino Manor sits on a lush hilltop, surrounded by 100-acres of shaded woodlands. This stately Victorian has magnificent views of the Catskill Mountains and Hudson River.
Space is limited. Rooms will be available on a first come, first served basis. Please visit for more information. Registration and payment in full must be made upon registration. Registration deadline is Friday, June 7. Contact Sarah Hasbrook, education coordinator for The Olana Partnership, at or call 518-828-1872 x 109 for more information and to make reservations.

Posted 11/15/12
IGOR's Allied Orangizations
IGOR is now an allied organization with the Art Renewal Center since we have similar goals and mission statement. ARC is an educational foundation dedicated to the renewal of classical training in the arts. In addition to scholarships and hosting the largest online museum dedicated to traditional painting, they hold one of the most prestigious competitions for living artists who paint in the realist tradition.
Kara Lysandra Ross, Director of Operations of the Art Renewal Center, gave the keynote speech "Why Realist Art Matters" during our 7th Annual Exhibition "Weekend of Art Events" in Carmel, CA. Her speech was excellent and you can now read a full version of it by clicking here.

Posted 11/15/12
Art Renewal Center 2012/2013 International Salon Competition
The Art Renewal Center (ARC) is now accepting entries to the 2012/2013 International Salon Competition. This year in addition to their normal awards which consist of over $50,000 in cash prizes and promotion on the ARC website which receives over 5,000,000 visitors a year and in their full color Salon Catalogue, top winners will have their work featured in Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine, The Epoch Times, and one plein air style painter will have the privilege of a featured article done on their work in Plein Air Magazine.
The deadline is December 31, 2012.
To review the prospectus click here.
To review the winners and finalists from last year click here.

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