Ani Art Academies joins the Da Vinci Initiative and other Atelier schools for the Atelier Art Education Day at the Salmagundi Club, New York, New York. The day was about encouraging high school students about Atelier skills. Anthony Waichulis along with other instructors provided portfolio reviews to the students, who were eager to hear that they are capable of achieving quality skills with appropriate training. There was a broad spectrum of artworks presented for review.  The Da Vinci Initiative is an education foundation that supports skill-based learning in K-12 art classrooms. The Da Vinci Initiative believes that the most creative children are those with the most tools at their disposal for making artwork, and provides atelier training and resources to art teachers to help them incorporate skill-based methods into their classroom practices. More than a hundred high school students visited the Salmagundi Club and had a chance to view 12th Annual ARC Salon Exhibit, which, undoubtedly, inspired them to pursue their passion for art.

May 25, 2017

We are very excited to see beautiful works from Ani Art Academies Apprentices displayed at the Salmagundi Club, New York. All works won various awards in the 12th Annual ARC Salon competition. Chairman's Choice Award: Jason Brady for his painting Slave to Myself. ARC Purchase Award: Victoria Steel for her drawing The Threads of Discord, Andrea Bills for her drawing Waiting For Alice, and Barbara Fox her drawing Carra. ARC Staff Award: Taffari Crawford for his drawing Under Heaven and Kevin A. Moore for his painting The Transcendence. ARC Salon Exhibition, consists of 82 Contemporary Realist works selected from an original 3,100 entries from 63 countries. It is the most prestigious realist art competition in the Americas and perhaps the world. ARC will be choosing approximately 75 works for the live version of the ARC Salon that will travel from the Salmagundi Club, New York, New York where it will be on exhibition from May 12th - June 1st of 2017, to The MEAM Museum in Barcelona, Spain where it will be on view from September 23rd - November 27th, 2017. 

May 16, 2017

Congratulation to Racheal and Andrea Bills for completing their first creative projects with the Ani Art Academies program. Both drawings are incredible, and we cannot wait to see what they will create next! For more information on the Bills sisters, please visit:

May 11, 2017

Congratulations to Alex Jove and Nicole Adkisson for completing a major part of the drawing program. Alex is currently working on his cylinder wheel, and Nicole is working on a drawing for the upcoming Capturing Realism 2017 Exhibit, which will open July 8th at Misericordia University, Pauly Friedman Gallery.  For more on Alex and Nicole visit their pages at 

April 30, 2017

A big thank you goes out to Sally Casey, the owner of the Mainstreet Galleries, Kingston, PA, for an excellent opportunity to show case Ani Art Academies Apprentices’ artwork. Sally has been a great supporter of the Academies for some years, hosting two exhibitions to promote and bring awareness to the organization. Mainstreet Galleries is the premier provider of fine art, beautiful gifts and expert custom framing in Northeast Pennsylvania. The Gallery has been serving the area for over 40 years. For more information, please visit

April 17, 2017

Ani Art Academy America participated in one of the largest art fairs in Red Bank NJ. Street Art Fairs are an excellent opportunity to show Ani Art Academies Apprentices artwork and spread the word about the schools. Kevin A. Moore, the head instructor of the Ani America Academy, met with hundreds of people, discussing the benefits of art education for veterans.

April 13, 2017

Ani Art Academy America is proud to announce its new membership within Monmouth Arts. Monmouth Arts, an official county arts agency, aims to perpetuate a vibrant arts community that truly enhances the quality of life in Monmouth County, New Jersey. The vision of Monmouth Arts is an arts community that enhances the quality of life throughout the county. It was founded in 1971, and today, through a variety of programs and services. Monmouth Arts continues to enrich the community by inspiring and fostering the arts throughout the County. Sign up for the Magazine, and look for an article about Ani Art Academy America in the next issue.

April 6, 2017

We are proud to announce that Nicole Adkisson’s and Dan Christian’s works were selected to participate in the 4th Annual DRAWN exhibition at the Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio. Manifest Gallery was founded in-part to stand for the importance of drawing as a process, skill, and discipline, and as a continuing viable product of the creative fine art and design fields. The jury for this competitive exhibit resulted in the final selection including 43 works by 35 artists from all across the U.S., and the countries of Australia and Sweden. The gallery reviewed a total of 913 entries from 284 artists, and both Nicole and Dan were selected out if such big number of entries! Congratulation!

March 28, 2017

A big congratulation to Alejandro Queris, Ani Art Academy Thailand Apprentice, for finishing his first creative project. The title of the drawing is “Gift from Ganesha,” and is the first in a series of works to come on the subject of endeavors through dreams, meditation, and astral projection. Alex has been a professional tattoo artist for the past twenty years. Whenever possible he would attend courses at the Crealde School of Art in Winter Park, Florida where he studied drawing, painting, photography, and ceramics. After finding the Ani Art Academies, always having a passion for classical realism, he decided to pursue his dream of representational art. Alejandro was accepted into the prestigious Ani Art Academies Thailand where he continues to hone his skills in drawing and painting. To view the entire drawing, please follow the link

March 22, 2017

Rio San Juan is located on the north coast of the Dominican Republic, halfway between the area of Puerto Plata and Samana peninsula. The areas of Rio San Juan and Cabrera are known as the Costa Verde for its beautiful beaches and coastal landscapes. It is also known for its annual seaside carnival. The Carnival has been held since 1997, from 14th to 17th of February, in the waters of the Gri-Gri Lagoon. This year Ani Art Academy Dominicana Apprentices took a significant role in the carnival. Besides painting beautiful murals for at the Gi Gi Lagoon, they also participated in various competitions. Every year a contest is hosted by Campo de Golf and the Town Hall for the best papier mache mask. The themes were marine species, Rio San Juan culture, and Carnival.  Participants created masks out of paper mache and various other materials. Ani Art Academy Dominicana Apprentices received the following awards: Patricia Alonzo Diaz won first place for her Hermit Crab mask, and an honorable mention for her Queen Conch display; Felix Esteban Rosario, Domingo (Tony) Rosario, and Eddy Vargas all got honorable mentions for their marine life displays. We also would like to congratulate Eddy Vargas, who worked with six other local artists to create a "comparsa", a group of people dressed in a similar theme dancing on a decorated carnival float. Eddy and his friends won the first place award in Rio San Juan, and then took the first place in Santo Domingo, winning a big cash prize.To view images of the murals, papier mache masks, and Eddy Vargas’ carnival float, please follow the link

March 18, 2017

On March 9th, 2017 Ani Art Academies founder Tim Reynolds, Ani Art Academy America instructor Kevin A. Moore, and two of his students, Alessandra Alma and Michael Boyle participated in the New York job fair for veterans. They discussed educational opportunities available to all veterans at Ani Art Academy America. RecruitMilitary ( is the nation's leading veteran hiring company, offering a diverse array of branding, employment, and retention services to help employers connect with America's best talent—its veterans. Ani Art Academies is offering tuition-free art education for veterans at the new location in Red Bank, New Jersey.  

March 13, 2017

Town Hall officials approached Ani Art Academy Dominicana instructor Edward Dillon and his talented Apprentices, asking to help them prepare Laguna Gri Gri area for the carnival. The Apprentices spent nearly a week turning walls into beautiful works of art. The theme was Rio San Juan Culture and Sea Life.  In total, the Apprentices were able to complete four major murals and four small design murals. For more images of the paintings follow the link to the Ani Art Academy Dominicana.

March 2, 2017

Ani Art Academies would like to congratulate the winners of our 3rd Annual Drawing Competition!  A prestigious panel of judges including Joshua Rose, Kara Ross, Patrick Wilshire, Christine Serr, David Ethridge, and Tim Reynolds examined each drawing for the qualities that best represent an artist in true command of his or her talent.We are thrilled to announce that the 1st place winner is awarded to Phil Kidd for his drawing, The Fall of Man.  Phil will be awarded a $100 gift card for Marquis Art & Frame and an Ani Art Academies’ Annual Drawing Competition Certificate of Recognition.  2nd place is awarded to Patricia Alonzo Diaz for her drawing, Mind Over Music.  Patricia will be awarded entry into the ARC Salon, one of the most challenging and diverse competitions for Representational artists today, and an Ani Drawing Competition Certificate of Recognition. A 3rd place tie is awarded to both Dan Christian for his drawing, The Oracle, and Elizardo Mojica, for his drawing, By Decree of Camelot.  Both will receive entry into the ARC Salon, as well as an Ani Drawing Competition Certificate of Recognition. Artists receiving honorable mention are (in no particular order), Elizardo Mojica, First Jump, Patricia Alonzo Diaz, Lost in a Dream, Fraelo Lantigua Garcia, Beautiful Sound, Saul Martinez Rodriguez, Dona Maria is a Punk Rocker, Nakorn Sriphet, Dreamer, Taffari Crawford, Life is Easy, Roneidy Caraballo Bonilla, Grand Finale, and Ana De La Cruz, Anyi’s Adventure, all of who will be awarded entry into the ARC Salon. Additional Awards of Merit are awarded to Nicole Adkisson, Ya Amar, Chelsea Herron, All the Young Dudes, and Stephen Sebald, John Henry.We would like to extend our sincere gratitude to the panel of judges that assisted us in making this event a success.  Their time and expertise are thoroughly appreciated and we look forward to working with them in the future!  We would also like to thank Marquis Art & Frame for graciously donating a gift certificate to award to our first place winner, their kindness is thoroughly appreciated. 

February 22, 2017

Ani Art Academy Waichulis artist Dan Christian was excited to teach a portraiture workshop to an eager group of students in his hometown of Casper, Wyoming last month.  The two-day workshop, Drawing the Portrait: First Steps, allowed participants to learn and practice basic technique, and to then apply what they learned in a life-drawing session.  A wonderful time was had by all of the participants, and Dan is looking forward to hosting more workshops in the near future.  Follow him on Facebook for more information on upcoming events and to check out his latest work!

February 15, 2017

The Ani Art Academies Art Auction to benefit baby Damian is nearing its final hours, with bids being accepted until tomorrow, Friday February 10th, at noon.  Please visit the auction page to get your bids in while purchasing some awesome art and helping out a great cause!Gaby Luna modeled for Ani Art Academy Waichulis life drawing sessions throughout her pregnancy with her son, Damian. Damian was born on September 9th, 2016 at 35 weeks with Gastroschisis. He has been diagnosed with Short Bowel Syndrome, and consequently has to use a Gtube (feeding tube), Jtube (drainage tube), and a Broviac, which is a central IV line that is inserted through his neck into his vein near the heart. Damian was born with only 10% of his small intestines and microcolon. He has undergone more than 6 surgeries in his 4 short months of life.Gaby and Damian will be moving to Boston to be admitted to the Boston Children’s hospital where he will receive the special care he needs. The family would greatly benefit from financial help that would assist in both their relocation from Pennsylvania to Boston, as well as with Damian’s medical costs that are not covered by insurance.Thank you to all whom have bid thus far and to the great group of Ani artists that donated work to this wonderful cause.

February 9, 2017

We are excited to announce the opening of Red: Emotion in Color, this Saturday, February 11th, at Lovetts Gallery in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  Ani Art Academies artists join a lineup of over 60 creators from the around the globe in this exhibition that asked participants to consider what the color red means to them.  Stop by the gallery to join in the fun, or view the exhibition virtually at Lovetts Gallery.

February 8, 2017