Charcoal drawing by Brianna Lee of Visalia earns honorable mention at international art competition


NEW YORK — A Visalia artist’s drawing earned an honorable mention at an international art competition this month. 

Brianna Lee of Visalia was among seven Californians and 176 award which emerged from a field of 3,750 entries from 69 countries as part of the 13th International ARC Salon Competition, the largest and most prestigious realist art competition in the world. ARC, or Art Renewal Center, is a 501(c)3 non-profit educational foundation dedicated to realist art and skill-based training techniques in the visual arts. Lee won Honorable Mentions in the Drawing Category for her 19×12-inch charcoal and white chalk drawing titled “Lily.” 

The ARC Salon offers more than $100,000 in cash awards in addition to international recognition through partnerships with prestigious magazines, galleries, museum exhibitions and a strong online presence. Selected winners and finalists will also have the opportunity to have their works included in the 13th International ARC Salon Exhibition, which spans over a six-month period, beginning at the Salmagundi Club in New York City in September, traveling to Sotheby’s in Los Angeles and ending at the MEAM Museum in Barcelona, Spain in February and March of 2019.

Frederick C. Ross, Chairman of the Art Renewal Center, says, “Every year I continue to be amazed at the quality and originality of the newest crop of ARC Salon winners and finalists which just keeps getting better at an accelerating pace. Nothing demonstrates better than these fine works of art that Realism in the fine arts is a universal visual language. That alone makes Realism one of humanities greatest accomplishments. The purpose of all language is communication and alone, among all living things, people have the capacity to communicate with each other in near limitless complexity and sophistication using realism. Whether with those whose lives we share, or those with whom we work, or whether it is to create records about life and history, realism serves this vital purpose of communication.”

To view the winnings artworks, learn more about the selection process, or find updates on the international exhibition, visit or the Art Renewal Center’s web site You can also follow the exhibit on social media at or @ArtRenewalCtr.

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