Congratulations to Ani Dominicana apprentice and assistant teacher, Deborah Lloyd, on the selection of her artwork for inclusion in the upcoming publication, Strokes of Genius 9: Creative Discoveries. Ms. Lloyd’s charcoal and pastel drawing, Invincible, was chosen along with the work of 127 artists from around the globe.  Please visit the Artist Network to view the entire list of winners. 

September 7, 2016

Ani Art Academies is excited to be taking part in the upcoming inaugural exhibition of Haven SBX, Friends: Passed & Present.  Ani artists Romaro Richardson, Alex Jove, Chelsea Herron, and Reydi Garcia Gil will be sharing work at the upcoming show, the first in the new gallery space that focuses on both having a large outreach and programs within the South Bronx community.  The opening reception of this unique event will be held on September 17th, from 6-10pm.  More information about Haven SBX can be found at their website, or by visiting The Bronx Visual Artist Directory Blog.

August 31, 2016

Ani Art Academies would like to congratulate Ani Anguilla apprentice, Gineece Gumbs, on the completion of her gauntlet project.  Ms. Gumbs piece, Mr. Hall, is a 20x24” charcoal and pastel drawing that is a culmination of all of the skills that she has acquired during the drawing portion of her apprenticeship.  Congrats to Gineece on a job well done, and good luck as you pick up the brushes!  To learn more about Ms. Gumbs, please read her artist biography: Ever since a very young age, art has inspired Gineece.  She realized her passion for art at the age of 4, when she took a pencil and paper and started to draw what she had observed from a party bag.  Her career goal is to be a professional artist and to inspire generations to come.  She always says, “If my career goal does not include art, I won’t be happy.”

August 30, 2016

Guests of the Artists for Art Gallery enjoyed a presentation from Ani Waichulis Apprentice, Victoria Steel, last week.  Ms. Steel, curator of the AFA Gallery/Ani exhibition, From Near & Far, highlighted the endeavors of Ani Art Academies while giving a walkthrough of the show’s artwork.  The participants were excited to ask questions about the Language of Drawing and Language of Painting curriculum, and were quite impressed with the quality of work that was showcased. The From Near & Far exhibition closes tomorrow, Saturday August 27th.  Please visit AFA Gallery for more information. 

August 26, 2016

In the seventh and final installment of his composition series, Finale: A Primer on Pictorial Composition, artist Anthony Waichulis concludes his considerations for composition, along with the scientific support to demonstrate how and why it works.  The article includes examples of areas of modern scientific research that can offer insight into the art experience, and pulls together many of the concepts that he explored in earlier installments into one cohesive map of considerations for the navigating of pictorial composition.  Please read the full article, and earlier segments of the series, at

August 23, 2016

Ani Art Academies would like to congratulate the Student of the Week, Nicole Adkisson, from Ani Art Academy Waichulis.  Nicole has shown the utmost dedication since starting the program, working diligently at her easel each day.  We wish her luck as she continues to hone her skills, and cannot wait to share her first creative project!  Please read more about Nicole below.For Nicole Adkisson, born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, creating art has been a lifelong interest. Focusing on still life and landscape paintings, she strives to communicate beauty through every day objects and a sense of place and time for the viewer. After studying classical art for two years in Edmond, Oklahoma, her journey continues as an apprentice at the Ani Art Academy Waichulis.

August 17, 2016

From Near and Far, an Ani exclusive exhibition, opened to a packed house this past Friday at the Artists for Art Gallery in Scranton, Pennsylvania.  The crowd was in awe, and many had a hard time believing that the collections of work were not photographs.   We would like to thank Victoria Steel for curating this wonderful event.  Her hard work led to the great success of this unique showcase of art that truly came...From Near and Far.  Please visit AFA Gallery for more information on the show, which runs through August 26th.  

August 11, 2016

Ani Art Academy program designer and head instructor, Anthony Waichulis, has been featured in The Paintguide Book.  A compilation of the 60 artists that took over Instagram’s Paintguide, the book features the top 5 favorite pieces from each of the artists in a lovely ensemble put together by Henrik Uldalen.  Please visit The Paintguide Book website for more information and to purchase this fantastic collection of artwork.

August 10, 2016

Kicking off tomorrow at the Artists for Art Gallery in Scranton, Pennsylvania, is the Ani exclusive, “From Near & Far.”  The exhibition presented an open theme that could be interpreted literally or figuratively, by artists and viewers alike, and will showcase the cultural diversities amongst artworks. AFA Gallery, local to our flagship location, Ani Art Academy Waichulis, will host the opening reception from 6-9pm, Friday August 5th, coinciding with the city’s First Friday Arts Event. Please visit AFA Gallery for more details and we hope to see you at the show!

August 4, 2016

Ani Art Academies are excited to have Ani Waichulis graduate, Emma Hirst, filling in as an instructor at the Ani Anguilla studio, while Dean, Timothy Jahn, takes some time off to travel.  Ms. Hirst graduated from the Ani program last year and has since shown her beautifully crafted work in various exhibitions around the country.  We are thrilled for Emma to have the chance to work with the Anguilla apprentices, and we wish her well on her exciting journey! Safe travels to both Tim and Emma; we are looking forward to hearing all about both of your adventures!

August 3, 2016

In the 6th installment of his “Primer on Pictorial Composition” Series, artist and author, Anthony Waichulis, explores composition organization and some of the popular principles concerning it.  The article, Getting Organized, concludes that “to assess whether or not an image holds a true aesthetic harmony between its component parts, as opposed to the concept of harmony as a matter of personal preference, we would need to present the psychological or biological basis for the claim.” Please read the full article at, and stay tuned for the final installment of the series. 

July 29, 2016

Ani Art Academy would like to congratulate Felix Esteban on the completion of his gauntlet project. Felix, an apprentice at Ani Dominicana, is the latest artist to complete the drawing portion of the program and to move onto the painting portion of the curriculum.  Congratulations to Felix on a job well done!  Please view Felix's gallery here.

July 25, 2016

Photoshop classes have begun again at Ani Art Academy Waichulis, and the apprentices are taking full advantage and working hard to improve their imaging technology skills. These weekly sessions enable our artists to be able to better navigate the robust Photoshop program, a huge part of interacting with the art world today.  Thank you to Leah Waichulis for holding the classes, and to all those that are taking advantage of this wonderful opportunity. 

July 20, 2016

Ani Art Academies is excited to announce the upcoming project created by Anthony Waichulis, Legacy. According to Waichulis, “Over the past several months I have been working quietly with David Ethridge and Chris Serr of Gallery 1261 on a very special project---an exhibition that aims to celebrate the efforts of those contemporary artists that have made invaluable contributions to, and commitments to the betterment of, contemporary art education. With a roster that many would consider unparalleled in recent years, Legacy 2017 will pair a spectacular showcase with a number of workshop opportunities---resulting in one amazing event.”

Legacy will take place at Gallery 1261, located in Denver, Colorado, in July of 2017. Please stay tuned for more details on this once in a lifetime exhibition.

July 15, 2016

Fool’s Gold, the 4th installment in Anthony Waichulis’ “A Primer on Pictorial Composition” Series, explores pseudoscientific devices and heuristics in the visual arts.  In addition to a detailed study of the myth behind the Golden Ratio, the artist provides a thorough introduction to the history and math that are needed to adequately address the concepts of pictorial composition that are featured in the article.  To read Fool’s Gold in its entirety, please visit

July 13, 2016

Ani Art Academies would like to congratulate Prudence Williams from Ani Anguilla on being chosen as the student of the week!  Prudence has made substantial efforts to dedicate herself to the program and has exemplified an outstanding work ethic.  Recently, Ms. Williams has enjoyed a growing number of collectors commissioning her for portrait drawings, as the love of her work quickly spreads.  Please read more about Prudence below, and be sure to visit her image galleryBorn in St.Maarten in 1997, Prudence has always been inspired and excited about art.  From early on, Prudence has been expressing herself through drawings, colorings, and paintings.  Though she enjoyed art she never considered it as being a professional possibility. It was her mother’s encouragement and the opportunity to attend the Ani Art Academy in Anguilla that allowed her to embrace the idea of becoming a skilled artist. "Every child is an artist, the problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up,” said Pablo Picasso. In the future she intends to give back to the community the skill she acquired as a young person.

July 8, 2016