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August 16, 2019

Ani Art Academies America Apprentices participating in The Menagerie art show at the Monmouth Beach Cultural Center. The show is opening August 3rd, and till be on display until Saturday, August 31st. The Monmouth Cultural Center building has an interesting history. It was put into service in 1895 as a United States Lifesaving Station, and then housed the U.S. Coast Guard and the New Jersey Marine Police. After the Marine Police vacated the building, it barely escaped being demolished by the state in 1999. A few days before the work was to begin, borough officials and the town’s historical society came to its rescue and volunteers from the borough transformed it into a community center, opening in 2000. Ani Art Academies America is proud to be part of such a diverse art community of Monmouth County.

August 2, 2019

We are excited to present Ani Art Academy Sri Lanka first creative projects. Congratulations to I.G.Madhuka Dilshan, Hettiarachchilage Buddhika Lakmal, and N.P.G.Shan Sandakelum doing such a great job! We cant wait to see your future projects. For more please visit:

July 26, 2019

Ani Art Academies would like to congratulate artist Chelsea Herron on her graduation from Ani Art Academy Waichulis!  Upon her graduation, Chelsea will be participating in upcoming exhibitions with various galleries including Lovetts Gallery and Rehs Galleries.  We wish Chelsea continued success in her future artistic endeavors and look forward to seeing all that she accomplishes! To view Chelsea's work, please visit 

July 19, 2019

Congratulations to Ani Art Academy Waichulis Apprentice Paige Martin for completing her first creative project. The Ritual, 11x14", Charcoal and White Pastel on Paper. We know it was hard to overcome the challenges you met during the project, but you did it brilliantly. All of those hours of deliberate practice paid off! We can’t wait to see your future works. Congratulations! 

July 15, 2019

This year the ARC received over 4,300 entries from 73 countries, and we are so excited to see the wonderful works of Ani Art Academies Apprentices, Alumni, and Affiliates taking awards and honorable mentions across various categories in the 14th Annual ARC Salon Competition. ARC Purchase Award: Barbara Fox for her drawing Parting with Illusions. Finalists in Figurative category: Jason Brady for his drawing Half Believing. Kevin Moore for his painting Yellow Dress. Finalists in Imaginative Realism category: Edward Dillon for this painting Mirage, Brian O’Neill for his painting Pause. Honorable Mentions in Drawing category: Patricia Alonzo Diaz for her drawing Time Is Not a Limit, Domingo Antonio Rosario for his drawing The Home Stretch, Mitchell Bagnas for his drawing Jar of Hope, Barbara Fox for the drawings Parting with Illusions and She Found Joy in the Ordinary, Carmel Gumbs for his drawing Priceless, Aekarat Sakda for his drawing Dajala, Robyn Cotter for her drawing Ataraxia, Bonnie Grace Evans for her drawing Still Waiting, Edward Ewald for his drawing 56, Lynne Garlick for her drawing Received with Love, Roger Long for his drawing A World of Unlimited Possibilities, Kelvin Lugo Belen for his drawing Espejos del Alma, Achara Phetkhongthong for her drawing Harmony. Honorable Mention in Still Life category: Chelsea Herron for her painting Voyager, Deborah Lloyd for her painting Little Robot, Rodney O’Dell Davis for his painting A Gift from Aphrodite. 

July 8, 2019

Ani Art Academies would like to wish you a Happy Independence Day! Let’s celebrate our heroes today for all the incredible sacrifices they made. Ani Art Academy America (Red Bank, NJ) is proud to provide free art education to veterans and their families, as well as individuals with disabilities. Ani Art Academy America is committed to empowering those that have sacrificed so much while defending freedom and justice. 

July 3, 2019

On Monday, May 27th, 2019 Ani Art Academy America honored those who have fought and served for the United States by participating in Red Bank’s Memorial Day Parade. The precession followed along Broad Street to the Veteran’s Monument on Monmouth Street. A ceremony was then held in remembrance of military victims of foreign wars.Ani Art Academy America provides art education to all Veterans, as well as individuals with disabilities. We would like to thank the students of Ani Art Academy America for their dedicated service to their country.

May 30, 2019

The Ani Art Academies is happy to announce that over 20 Apprentices and Alumni were chosen as finalists of the ARC 14th International Salon Competition! This year’s competition had an approximate 4,300 entries from 73 countries! The ARC will announce the winners in each category on July 1st. Everyone at the Ani Art Academies would like to congratulate all our artists who received much-deserved recognition in this prestigious competition.  We are all so incredibly proud.  For a full listing of finalists for this year’s salon competition, visit Below is a list of Ani Art Academy Apprentices and Alumni who received honors this year: Patricia Alonzo Diaz, Domingo Antonio Rosario, Mitchell Bagnas, Jason Brady, Robyn Cotter, Edward Dillon, Bonnie Grace Evans, Edward Ewald, Lynne Garlick, Carmel Gumbs, Chelsea Herron, Deborah Lloyd, Kelvin Lugo Belen, Roger Long, Morgan Masters, Kevin Moore, Rodney O’Dell Davis, Brian O’Neill, Achara Pherkhongthong, Aekarat Sakda, and Victoria Steel.

May 16, 2019

Ani Anguilla Artist, Vidya Birkhoff can be found in Interviewing the Caribbean Magazine's Spring 2019 issue. Interviewing the Caribbean was founded in 2015 as an online journal that celebrates Caribbean artists everywhere. This issue focuses on Caribbean femininity and masculinity. Vidya Birkhoff grew up in Trinidad surrounded by traditional paintings and sculptures created by her grandfather. She longed to one day follow in his footsteps, but life led her into a professional career in corporate America. She started experimenting with acrylic on canvas and in 2007, Vidya was one of seven featured artists during an exhibition held by The Arts and Science Council of Charlotte, North Carolina. After returning to the Caribbean, Vidya opened the JavaLava Art Café in 2014 and launched the “Meet the Artist” exhibitions that offered to emerge and established artists a platform to showcase and sell their works in Montserrat. Vidya is currently an apprentice at the Ani Art Academy in Anguilla, with the dream of capturing the triumphs, celebrations and exotic movements of song and dance of the rich Caribbean culture.For more information on Vidya Birkhoff or Interviewing the Caribbean please follow the links below:

May 9, 2019

Ani Art Academy America hosted its first exhibition titled, “Equinox” on April 27th. Equinox was curated by Ani Art Academy Dean, Kevin Moore. This exhibition featured artists from all the Ani Art Academy schools including work from Ani Alumni. The turnout was a huge success with viewers filling up the entire school. The Equinox exhibit will be on display until May 25th at Ani Art Academy America in Red Bank, NJ.For more information on Ani Art Academy America please follow the link below: 

May 3, 2019

Bonnie Grace Evans drawing "Still Waiting" was awarded First Place in the Drawing Category of the Wyoming Valley Art Leauge/ Circle Centre for the Arts, Spring Juried Exhibit. The award ceremony was held on April 19th, 2019 at the Wyoming Valley Art Leauge in Wilkes Barre, PA. Ani Art Academy Alumni, Terese Rogers also participated in this exhibit.For more information on Bonnie Grace Evans or the Wyoming Valley Art League please follow the links below.

April 23, 2019

We are very excited to share the first creative projects from Ani Art Academy Sri Lanka. Congratulations to Nimali Yoggya Perera for her drawing, Water Lily and to Ravindu Sathsara for his drawing, Bug on a Bricked Wall. From Southern Sri Lanka, Yoggya has been a hobbyist of drawing since childhood. During her free time, she would spend it drawing on paper. Art was her favorite subject in school but stopped at fourteen to focus her studies on Human Resources and IT. After learning about Ani Art Academy while in Dikwella, Sri Lanka she decided to follow her passion for art. Yoggya is enjoying to process of creating realistic drawings with the help of talented artist Timothy W. Jahn as her teacher.Ravindu joined Ani Art Academies Sri Lanka shortly after graduating from high school. He is delighted to have esteemed artist Timothy W. Jahn as his teacher. At Ani Art Academy, Ravindu is expanding his artistic capabilities in the pursuit of becoming a successful artist.Ani Art Academy Sri Lanka opened in January 2018 is located near the Central South Coast of Sri Lanka in the Matara District.  The six-building campus is perched above vibrant rice fields and is surrounded by lush vegetation and sprawling tea plantations. A  quiet solitude, perfectly conducive to artistic development adds a sense of scholastic serenity.  Artists can immerse themselves in the peaceful seclusion while enjoying access to all that Sri Lanka has to offer.For more information on Nimali Yoggya Perera and Ravindu Sathsara, please follow the links below.

April 11, 2019

Ani Waichulis student Bonnie Grace Evans has recently completed her first creative project. Her drawing “Still Waiting”, was inspired by the action of staying where one is or delaying action until a particular time or event. Still Waiting, is a reminder that there are some situations in life that we have control over and others that we do not. Having the courage to face our obstacles, make difficult decisions, meet change, and sometimes alter our goals is critical to realize our hopes and dreams while we are still here.Bonnie Grace Evans was born in Wilkes-Barre, PA and currently lives in Kingston, PA. She received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in both elementary education and psychology from Wilkes University, a Master of Science degree in Special Education from Marywood University, and a Professional Supervisory Certificate in Special Education from Bloomsburg University. During her career as special education teacher, educational consultant for the PA Department of Education, and most recently as Supervisor of Special Education in Early Intervention Preschool, Bonnie always found time to pursue her love of art. She also studied jewelry design and attended various workshops to enhance her skills working with fine and sterling silver. Her jewelry design work can be seen online at Itsosarah Designs website. Bonnie began studying oil painting in 2015 with Terese Rogers, Ani Art Academy Waichulis graduate. She started her apprenticeship at Ani Art Academy Waichulis in 2017 studying under the tutelage of Anthony Waichulis.We all excited to see what Bonnie creates next! For more information on Bonnie and her artwork, please follow the link below.

March 29, 2019

Ani Art Academy America is proud to announce their upcoming exhibitions titled, Equinox. The group exhibition will have drawings and paintings from students and alumni of Ani Art Academies. Equinox is curated by Ani America Dean Kevin Moore. The show opening is Saturday, April 27th from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm at Ani Art Academy America in Red Bank, New Jersey. For updates on Equinox, you may follow the Facebook event below:

March 22, 2019

Ani Art Academies would like to congratulate the winners of our 4th Annual Drawing Competition!  A prestigious panel of judges including Pavan Chaggar, Kara Lysandra Ross, Patrick Wilshire, Richard Gandy, Deanne Pool, Robert Pool, John Manzari, 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 Mitchell Bagnas for his drawing, Jar of Hope.  Mitchell 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 Domingo Antonio Rosario for his drawing, The Home Stretch.  Domingo 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 is awarded to Carmel Gumbs for his drawing, Priceless. Carmel will receive an entry into the ARC Salon, as well as an Ani Drawing Competition Certificate of Recognition. Artists receiving honorable mention are (in no particular order), Patricia Alanzo Diaz, Time Is Not a Limit, Kelvin Lugo Belen, Espejos del Alma, Lynne Garlick, Received with Love, Edward Ewald, 56, Fraelo Lantigua Garcia, Al Natural, Achara Phethongthong, Harmony, Warren Hall, High-Tech, all of who will be awarded entry into the ARC Salon.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. Please feel free to view all our artists' efforts by following the link provided below.

March 14, 2019