Artist Joe Dillon took first place in this years’ Shades of Gray competition with his charcoal drawing “The Invisible Man”.  The 2012 Shades of Gray competition was open artists and all work created entirely in black, white, and gray media.  Dillon’s winning piece is being featured in the current spring issue of Drawing Magazine with a write up about his inspiration behind the work as well as his technique when creating the piece.

Fellow Ani artist Roger C. Long received an Honorable Mention in the competition as well.  Long’s figure drawing, “Baptism of Christ” is also being included in the magazine’s feature of the 2012 competition winners.  Be sure to pick up your copy of the latest issue of Drawing Magazine today!  Launched in 2003, Drawing Magazine provides working artists with information and inspiration regarding the foundation of all art: drawing.  The 2013 Shades of Gray competition is currently underway!  To learn more about the upcoming 2013 competition, please visit their website at:  Congratulations Joe and Roger!

June 4, 2013

Ani Art Academies is proud to announce the charcoal drawing “Pretty” by Emma Hirst won first place in the graphite, charcoal, ink & scratch board category in The Artist’s Magazine All Media Competition! Hosted by The Artist’s Magazine, the online competition is open to all artists around the world working in eight major art medias.  Art work was judged in the following categories: Acrylic, Graphite, charcoal, ink & scratch board, Mixed media & collage, Oil & oil pastel, Pastel, Colored pencil, Watercolor & Gouache, and Digital.  Emma’s winning drawing and a write up about the piece is being featured in the current issue of The Artist’s Magazine out on stands now!  To view more of Emma’s art work, please visit her gallery page at:

June 4, 2013

Late yesterday, The Art Renewal Center announced the winners of the 9th Annual Art Renewal Center’s International Salon Competition. For this year’s competition, there were approximately 2,000 entries and 850 artists that entered.  The ARC’s 2012/2013 International Salon Competition showcases some of the best realist endeavors being created today.

We are extremely proud to share that 13 Ani Art Academy Apprentices and Alumni were included in this renowned International Salon.  This will be the second consecutive year that an Ani apprentice received a first place in the drawing category.  Congratulations to Jason Brady on his winning drawing!  Apprentice Kierstin Young also received third place in the same category for her drawing, “Necrosis”.

Everyone at the Ani Art Academies would like to congratulate all of our artists who received honors, awards, and much deserved recognition.  We are all so extremely proud.  For a full listing of winner of this year’s salon competition, visit:  Below is a list of Ani Art Academy Apprentices and Alumni who received honors this year:

Best in Show: Drawing Category
First Place:
Jason Brady
“Just a Game”
21x13 inches

Third Place:
Kierstin Young
15.5x23 inches

Purchase Prize:
Rodney O’Dell Davis
“The Last Dance”
27x36 inches

Jason Brady
“Just a Game”
21x13 inches

Erin Anderson
“See Through You”
40x29 inches

Honorable Mention in the Drawing Category:
Erika Baez
11x20 inches

Finalist in the Figurative Category:
Timothy Jahn
“Good Help”
36x24 inches

Kate Sammons
“Dear Heather”
16x 20 inches

22x30 inches

Finalist in the Still Life Category:
Kate Sammons
“A Place in the Sun”
20x25 inches

Finalist in the Drawing Category:
Kevin Moore
12x11 inches

Brandon D. Drake
“Strategic Ambition”
14x23 inches

Alicia L. Lang
23x8 inches

Leah Waichulis
6 1/2x10 3/4 inches

Sharon Hourigan
“Veiled Fortuna”
20x14 inches

Finalist in the Animal Category:
Emma Hirst
“High Steaks”
8x10 inches

7x 5.5inches

May 1, 2013

The highly anticipated exhibit “The Big Gamble” opened its doors this past Saturday and was a huge success!  “The Big Gamble” hosted by Rehs Contemporary Galleries, Inc. had an all-day opening at the gallery as well as a virtual online exhibit.  By the end of the first hour, sales were confirmed of Tim Jahn’s “Doc’s Take”, Brandon Drake’s “What Lays Before Us”, Roger Long’s “North Atlantic….” and Sharon Hourigan’s “Veiled Fortuna”.   As the day went on, more sales were confirmed by the gallery.  These included another of Tim Jahn’s titled “Boney Brawler”, Rodney Davis’s “The Last Dance” and two Jason Brady works, “The Burden” and “Just a Game”.  The day finished off with Max Reynold’s “Raising in the East” being sold.

The crowds kept coming in all day long.  The show was open for 7 hours and reached over 700 people in attendance.  In his blog, Howard Rehs said they stopped counting people attending by 4 p.m.  Even though the elevators were down for majority of the day, people walked up the 8 flights of stairs to see the show.

Everyone from the Ani Art Academies would like to thank Howard Rehs, Amy Rehs, Lance Rehs, and Alyssa Rehs of Rehs Contemporary Galleries, Inc. for hosting and such an extraordinary event.

“The Big Gamble” is open till May 3, 2013.  Make sure if you are in the New York City area to check out this amazing show featuring works by Ani Art Academy instructors, current apprentices, and alumni!

For more information about The Big Gamble and Rehs Contemporary Galleries, Inc. please visit their website at:

April 8, 2013

We are very proud to announce the success of last night’s open house at the Ani Art Academy Anguilla! The open house served as the first major event for Academy apprentices to show off their artwork to over 250 people of the local community. It also served as an informational event for students who want to learn more about the Ani Art Academies program.

We would like to congratulate all the apprentices for a job well done and give a huge thank you to everyone who helped put on this successful event!

If you would like to find out more about the Ani Art Academies, please visit our website at:

March 29, 2013

Ani Art Academies Anguilla will hold an Open House Thursday, March 28th, 2013 from 5:30 to 7:30PM for prospective students and the local community. The event, which will be held at the school, will have opportunities for future students to meet with head instructor and artist Timothy Jahn about how to turn an art education into a career path.

During the event, students will learn about the Ani Art Academies program and scholarship opportunities. In addition, current apprentices’ work will be on display for those who attend.  Appetizers and drinks will be served for guests.  The Ani Art Academies Anguilla welcomes all from the community to join us for some food and drink, as well as some spectacular artwork from the local Anguillan apprentices.

“The free comprehensive program at Ani Art Academies prepares aspiring artist for multiple fulfilling careers in the arts. This is an amazing opportunity for anyone who wants to work as an artist.” -Timothy W. Jahn, Head Instructor at Ani Art Academies Anguilla.

For more information about this event, please contact Timothy Jahn at (264) 584-8898. For more information about The Ani Art Academies, visit our website at

February 20, 2013

Ani Art Academies Anguilla had some very special guests visit the studio last month! Chief Minister Hubert Hughes and the distinguished members of the Anguilla Government spent time admiring Ani apprentices’ work and speaking with Head Instructor Timothy Jahn. Officials of Anguilla were able to explore the school’s resources and discuss the program with students to learn more about the Ani Art Academies project. It was an extremely exciting visit that meant a great deal to the students and staff.

Thank you to Chief Minister Hughes and the visiting distinguished officials of Anguilla for taking the time to make the day very memorable!

February 4, 2013

Ani Art Academies would like to congratulate artist Erika Baez on her First Place award for her piece "In Hiding" in the popular Bluecanvas magazine. The juried competition, "Environments", encompassed any type of landscape, indoor scene, or imaginary scene.

"In Hiding" is one of Baez's earliest works within the Ani Art Academies program and it continues to garner much attention. Bluecanvas featured the image along with a detailed description. Baez explains the concept of the drawing:

"Late at night, this girl is suffering from insomnia; she is becoming larger as the night progresses and her room becomes smaller. Surrounding symbols such as the clock, the burning candles and the glass half full are indicative of the turmoil within her." is an international, multi-genre, online community of artists and art lovers. The magazine is a quarterly publication that features artists from its online community.

You can pick up the magazine at your local Barnes & Noble today or visit for more information.

January 4, 2013

Ani Art Academies Emma Hirst will have her work on display in the show entitled "Tiny" at Studio Gallery in San Francisco, California.  This show will include three of Emma’s charcoal drawings, “Crayon Ponyfish," “Pretty," and “Strand and Vessels”.  The show is currently open and will run untill December 23, 2012.  Studio Gallery will also be celebrating their 9th year anniversary with a party open to all on Sunday, December 2nd, 2012 from 2:00-6:00 PM.  Be sure to check out the “Tiny” show if you are in the San Francisco area during the Holiday season!

When: Now through December 23, 2012

Where: 1815 Polk Street (between Washington and Jackson)
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 931-3130

Gallery hours:  Monday and Tuesday by appointment
Wednesday-Friday 11am-8pm
Saturday and Sunday 11am-6pm

November 19, 2012

Terese Rogers, a life-long resident of Northeastern Pennsylvania, has graduated from the Ani-Waichulis Art Academy, after a nearly six-year apprenticeship with Living Master Anthony Waichulis,  At a luncheon in her honor, Terese explained that her last day at the studio embodied what she’d come to love most about the last years:

Students at different phases of the curriculum, and at various stages of exercises, drawings, and paintings, Anthony Waichulis walked through the studio before stopping at Terese’s easel to analyze her latest painting, her last as his apprentice.  And with the same anticipation as the first time he critiqued her initial charcoal exercises, she was amazed at his simplicity, how his attention to a single detail changed and elevated a composition.

Terese, like her mentor, strives to perfect technique, but unlike early periods of novice uncertainty, she has reached graduation with resolve, focusing on both skill and the inexplicable process of personal growth that compels genius toward vision and voice.

Terese regards Anthony Waichulis’ tutelage and the family of artists with whom she spent years studying as the best experience of her life.  “The slightest touch by the master,” she said, “can bring a whole painting around.  Anthony’s program is uncompromising, it gives back much more than you give, but it requires everything you have.”  She explained that even though Waichulis’ expectations were unrelenting concerning work and character, he was always compassionate and demonstrated a unique ability to reach each of his students.

She reflected on her graduation and some of the challenges she faced throughout her apprenticeship, with pride and relief:  “The most demanding aspect in both dry and wet media was repetitive exercises—never-ending, as if the more I did the more I had to do.  I’d get excited to begin the next step, but usually by the middle I’d begin questioning myself again, will I ever finish? Do I have what it takes?  Studying with Anthony is as much about character as it is about technique.”  She joked that she’d occasionally take Motrin for her back after long days in the studio.  Each exercise, however, brought new ease and her skills strengthened during the repetitions, self-doubt, and physical discomfort.

Her first side project brought with it a boost of confidence and a platform to practice the development she detected in her work after completing spheres, the first geometric-shape exercise.  “The curriculum is laid out perfectly.  As the tedium really began to weigh on me, I was given a break—I’ll never forget the excitement, a milestone, working on my own drawing among great artists.  The brilliance of the process hit me—how essential each sphere, each pressure scale, each page I filled were toward my development.”

Terese is awed by the symmetry of the curriculum.  Even though the cylinder-stage was strenuous and took the longest, she appreciates its importance as preparation for her gauntlet drawing that enabled her to complete the drawing program.  Her fear of starting to paint, a shock of being back at the beginning, dissipated as the abilities she’d honed with paper, charcoal, and chalk transferred to her brushes, oil, and Masonite.  “The scary new work of painting,” she said, “became a haven within a few months.

When asked about what she’ll miss, Terese qualified her abbreviated list by stating that her new studio is less than ten miles from the Ani-Waichulis Art Academy:

“Anthony sitting at my easel, that feeling of him directly examining my work, helping me improve, the individual attention….

“The camaraderie.  Sharon Hourigan and I graduated high school together.  Years later, we happened to meet at a market.  She asked me about the studio, and now she’s an apprentice and great friend.

“The positive energy of my friend and fellow artist Brian O’Neil, who also paints floral compositions.

“The old days when we worked in Tony’s house, there was closeness, help, and encouragement from every direction, and conversation and humor that would start and stop no matter how long we were working.  Some days when I left the studio in Mocanaqua, I’d feel overcome with gratitude, how was I so fortunate to spend my days with such gifted and lovely people?

“Justin Balliet’s gentle approach when helping someone.  Justin should be a teacher, he always encouraged me, especially in the beginning.  He showed me how to look at my drawings in a fresh way.

“The community, the like-mindedness and the intensity.”

Terese has been taking her new studio one-day-at-a-time, painting the walls, making a space to create her own work.  She hasn’t decided if she’ll teach or perhaps open part of it to other artists.

Her paintings currently hang in Galerie l’Oeil du Prince, 30 rue Cardinet, 75017 Paris, France, a diverse gallery of contemporary sculpture, photography, and realism.  She’s also shown at San Marino Gallery in California and Art Basil, Miami.  She hopes to find the right gallery in New York City.

In 1819, at twenty-four, two years before his death, the English poet John Keats, early in his Ode on a Grecian Urn, called the poem’s ancient vase ‘an unravish’d bride of quietness.’  He praised and questioned the transcendence of its shape and the narrative of the adorning images—‘deities or mortals, or both,’ urged by wild ecstasy in pursuit of ….? and struggling to escape….?

He saved his answer for the last two lines: ‘Beauty is truth, truth beauty, - that is all/ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.’

Terese regards Keats’ celebrated lines as a moniker for her artistic impetus, focusing her drawings and paintings on what she considers beauty, attempting with each work to express and reaffirm goodness.  She searches for what is hidden, what helps her feel peace, and transforms those discoveries into compositions that almost always reveal a startling magnificence of the natural world.  “It’s not that there is less beauty in the world,” she said, “it’s just obscured by the way we live.  We are pushed toward so much that takes away from the simpler elements of what is true.”

Written by: Carmen Latona

November 15, 2012

First, FAC presents a wonderful feature covering the 2012 Art Renewal Center Salon competition.  Winners of this year’s Salon are featured throughout the article, including the stunning drawing by Ani Art Academies Waichulis artist Roger Long. The article gives recognition to each of the winners in the six-judged categories of this highly celebrated Salon. On behalf of the Ani Art Academies we would like to offer our congratulations to all the winners! Good Luck for next year!

Second, FAC brings us an insightful look at the present day atelier movement titled: “Ateliers Today: A New Renaissance?  This feature offers a view of several popular ateliers flourishing today including The Ani Art Academies.

Make sure to pick up the latest copy of Fine Art Connoisseur at your local bookstore today!

November 12, 2012

Ani Art Academies’ founder Tim Reynolds was  the subject of a recent article for the Bloomberg News regarding the success and future of the Ani Art Academies. The article traces Reynolds’ career from selling industrial buildings after graduating from Claremont McKenna College, to becoming one of the founders of Wall Street trading firm, Jane Street Capital LLC. Many diverse areas of Reynolds life are also discussed.

The feature discusses Mr. Reynolds’ love for art, how the Academies became a reality, and his partnership with Ani Art Academies’ program designer and Master Artist, Anthony Waichulis.  Mr. Reynolds also goes on to discusses the future Academies in Thailand and Sri Lanka, as well as his plans to open a school for disabled military Veterans in New Jersey or Maryland.  The passion that Reynolds holds for the future of the Ani Art Academies project can best be seen in his endearing closing quote “I’m actually looking forward to getting old…when I’m old I get to see what happens and I can’t wait to see what happens.”

To read the full article about Tim Reynolds and the Ani Art Academies, please visit:

November 12, 2012

The Ani Art Academies is very pleased to announce four of our apprentices from the Ani Art Academy Waichulis are winners of the 2012 Art Renewal Center’s Annual Scholarship Competition.

Each year, The ARC Scholarship Fund awards emerging realist artists to help them continue their studies at ARC Approved Ateliers and Schools.  Out of a worldwide competition, 16 emerging artists were recipients of the scholarship, which is hailed by the ARC as one of their most important programs.  First placed winners received $3,500 and 2nd and 3rd place winners took home $1,800 and $1,000 respectively.  This year, the competition was judged by Frederick Ross, Founder and Chairman of the Art Renewal Center and Dr. Vern Swanson, lecturer/scholar/writer and expert on 19th Century European Art and Russian Art through the 20th Century.  For a full listing of winners, please visit:

Congratulations to the winners!

First Place Awards:
Erin Anderson
“Conversations with Shannon”
Oil on Masonite, 16x20 inches

Brandon D. Drake
Oil on Board, 19x20 inches

Third Place Awards:
Erika Baez
“In Hiding”
Charcoal, 9x18 inches

Alicia Lang
Charcoal, 11.5x17 inches

October 24, 2012

Edward Dillon took every course Professor Anthony Waichulis offered at Luzerne County Community College, in Nanticoke, Pennsylvania.  He even requested a cast-drawing class for him and some of his classmates, a plea Waichulis consented to by heading a semester-long workshop free of charge.

But in 2007, however, a year after his graduation, Ed called Anthony Waichulis to vent his frustration with the shortcomings he faced in his artwork since their last class together.  He’d been practicing gesture, figurative, and portrait drawing, irritated by his progress and disappointed with his instruction.  Waichulis’ description of his studio and the small group of apprentices in his atelier not only excited Ed, it made it difficult to deny his craving for the hope he once felt from those college classes.

Ed asked, “What do I need to do to be accepted?”

In his typical fashion, Waichulis replied, “You’re accepted.”

“When can I start?”

“When would you like to start?”

“I’ll be there tomorrow!”

And now in 2012, coupled with five years of Waichulis’ unparalleled instruction, Ed’s commitment, enthusiasm, and talent have prepared him to head the Ani Art Academies’ second international school, Ani Dominican Republic, as primary instructor.

The Academy’s grand opening is scheduled for November 2012.

EdwardDillonAotM from Anthony Waichulis on Vimeo.

Months earlier, when Waichulis first posed the question about who would like to teach in the Dominican Republic, Ed answered, “I’ll go tomorrow!”

As soon as he reached the required level in the program, he began teaching on weekends the students who travel to Ani Waichulis in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.  “I’m so grateful to be part of this process.  Anthony’s reshaping the world view of representational art.  And he’s selected me to teach at the new academy what he’s been teaching us all these years.  I hope to repay his generosity by adhering to and passing on the principles of his curriculum….Anthony has given me the greatest gift of my life.”

During his visit to the country, he was both charmed and amazed by the character of the people.  He recounted how when he overpaid a toll more than ten times, the gentlemen returned his money, communicating the misunderstanding with a smile and pantomime.  “It’s more than just people returning my change.  There is a real warmth, honesty, and decency I feel with almost everyone I meet in the Dominican Republic.

“When Anthony and I did a presentation at the local high school,” he continued, “the students and teachers treated us with generosity and respect.  We were approached by art teachers who have a desire to enrich their communities by volunteering to learn as much of the program as possible to bring it back to their students of all ages.  And the students’ earnestness was something I haven’t experienced at that level since I was a child myself.

“I just work and teach every day.  But when it comes to the anticipation, I try not to think about it.  I keep my emotions in the middle of the road, the middle path.”

But Ed later admitted that as his departure date approaches, he’s unable to comprehend how deeply the upcoming changes have already affected him.  He said he dreams about the Dominican Republic, students with whom he can’t wait to share, and what his life will become there.

He often includes elements of fantasy in his work, sometimes delving completely into fantasy and illustration.  And, somehow, in the weeks before the grand opening, it’s as if he’s been experiencing a visceral embodiment of his artistic vision, the blending of real and unreal.

Ed’s father paints, and his grandfather was an illustrator best known for the creating the iconic Mack Truck logo.  His family, especially his mother, has helped to foster his interest in art.  “My mother would frame drawings I did in grade school and hang them.  She’d tape others on the refrigerator.  She encouraged my brother and me to express ourselves through art.  That’s the passion I want to bring to my students.  Being an artist isn’t easy, art often takes a backseat to everyday pressures.”

As children, he and his brother Joe Dillon, also an Ani-Waichulis apprentice, competed and collaborated, writing and illustrating various projects like handmade books and posters.  “Not only is he one of the best people I know,” Ed said, “he’s one of the best draftsmen I’ve ever seen.  I’m lucky to have him, and I hope I’m able to bring that sense of unity and friendly rivalry with me.”

In Call to Adventure, a 16”x20” charcoal and chalk, Ed draws on both the Middle Ages and Renaissance for wisdom, viewing his future at the Ani Arts Academy Dominican Republic as a personal summons to action.  He echoes ancient hero-myths and the clarity of American mythologist Joseph Campbell.  Ed shows how archetypical objects and heroes mirror the tasks and symbolize the decisions of everyday people.  Call to Adventure is an allegorical medley, a medieval helmet and goblet, gold coins, bits of nature, and a box for the journey—possibly a symbol of what the artist himself contains—skill and character acquired from surrendering to the absolute principles of art.

Before questions regarding him and art are even asked, Ed is ready to answer.  And in the classical, almost archetypal manner, his readiness has prepared him for his unintentional journey to the Dominican Republic.

Written by: Carmen Latona

October 12, 2012

Rehs Contemporary Galleries in New York will be hosting an exciting 2013 exhibit featuring Timothy W. Jahn, Anthony Waichulis, and a salvo of amazing talent from The Ani Art Academies family. The exhibit, carrying the intriguing title of “The Big Gamble”, will be the first significant concentration of works in the New York area from The Ani Art Academies former alumni and current apprentices. While Howard Rehs of Rehs Contemporary remains fairly tight-lipped regarding additional details and full artist roster, he states that the show promises to be a “very significant and exciting event.”

Short preview of the Rehs Contemporary 2013 exhibit “The Big Gamble”:

BigGambleAdSmall1a from Anthony Waichulis on Vimeo.

Be sure to visit for additional information regarding this special event in the coming months. Rehs Contemporary Galleries, Inc. is located at 5 East 57th Street in New York, NY 10022. For more information regarding the gallery, call (212) 355-5710 or visit their website

September 24, 2012

Opening on September 14, 2012, the Beijing World Art Museum will host the first major exhibit of American Realism in China. This exhibit of 100 paintings by 49 American artists will travel to 6 cities in China. This will be the first tour of Contemporary American Realism in China, and marks an important moment in the resurgent field of realist painting. The China museum tour will open at the Beijing World Art Museum on September 14, 2012, and travel to Dalien, Tianjin, Wuhan, Hangzhou, and Shanghai. The expected total museum attendance for this tour is over one million people, over a period of 16 months.  All participating American artists are members of ACOPAL.  ACOPAL is a league of artists whose mission is to build a creative and philosophic exchange between realist painters in the United States and China. This non-profit organization was created in 2010 with the purpose of creating dialogue and exhibition opportunities, and to enhance artistic education to meet the growing interest in traditional painting in both countries.  For information about the ACOPAL and the artists:

The Museum tour schedule is as follows:

Beijing World Art Museum Sep.15,2012- Nov. 04,2012. (No. 9A Fuxing Road, Haidian District, Beijing, 100038, China)
Dalian Modern Museum Nov.14,2012- Jan.13,2013. (No. 10 Huizhan Road, Shahekou District, Dalian, Liaoning Province, 116023, China)
Tianjin Art Museum Jan.23,2013- Mar.20,2013. (Pingjiang Road, Hexi District, Tianjin, 300201, China)
Hubei Provincial Museum Apr.01,2013- May 26,2013. (No. 156 Wuchang East Road, Wuhan, Hubei Province, 430077, China)
Zhejiang Provincial Museum Jun.03,2013- Jul 21,2013. (No. 25 Gushan Road, Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, 310007, China)
Shanghai Chinese Arts Palace Jul. 30,2013- Oct.30 ,2013. (Shanghai World Expo China Pavilion)

Full list of Participating Artists:

Steve Assael, Warren Chang, Jacob Collins, Tony Curanaj, Gabriella Dellosso, Jon DeMartin, Teresa Elliott, Gary T. Erbe, Peter Fiore, Nanette Fluhr, Max Ginsberg, David Gluck, Gary Godbee, Daniel E. Greene, Michael Grimaldi, Benat Inglesias, Michael Klein, Maria Kreyn, Joshua LaRock, Jeffrey T. Larson, David A. Leffel, Kate Lehman, Steven Levin, Robert Liberace, Jeremy Lipking, Paul McCormack, Sherrie McGraw, Edward Minoff, Greg Mortenson, Katie O’Hagan, Paul Oxborough, Graydon Parrish, Charles Pfahl, Tony Pro, Christopher Pugliese, Thomas Reis, Anthony J. Ryder, Cesar Santos, Travis Schlaht, Nelson Shanks, Ronald N. Sherr, Daniel Sprick, Sharon Sprung, Dan Thompson, Joseph Todorovitch, Nicole Michelle Tully, Thomas Valenti, Scott Waddell, Anthony Waichulis, and Patricia Watwood and Will Wilson.

The exhibit will run through December 2013.

September 14, 2012