Ani Art Academies graduate Sharon Hourigan has officially launched her brand-new website.  The site features a captivating portfolio filled with an array of drawings and paintings from the contemporary realist artist.  Please visit to view Sharon’s work and to stay informed on any upcoming exhibitions and events!

September 11, 2015

Ani Art Academies are thrilled to announce that artist Victoria Steel has been awarded an IlluXCon 2015 Scholarship for her drawing, Of Earth, Heaven, and Sea.  Victoria will receive an all-expense paid trip to IlluXCon 7, the world’s largest exhibition of imaginative realist art, being held at the Allentown Art Museum in October.  The symposium will feature over 150 artists and over 1000 pieces of imaginative realism work, an art form that combines classical painting technique with postmodern narrative subjects.  Congratulations to Victoria on this wonderful accomplishment!

For more information, please visit the IlluXCon website.

September 9, 2015

Ani Art Academies would like to congratulate artist Victoria Steel for receiving 1st Place in the 2015 Art Renewal Center Scholarship Awards Competition.  The Scholarship program is one of the most important projects provided by the ARC.  The fund distributes over $30,000 in direct scholarship aid in support of their mission of returning to an appreciation of great and enduring art, the visual expression of shared humanity, and academic, skill-based education.  In addition to her 1st place prize, Victoria was also awarded a purchase prize for her charcoal drawing “Of Earth, Heaven, and Sea.”  Once again, congratulations to Ms. Steel for this prestigious accomplishment, it is well deserved!  To view the entire list of winners, please visit the ARC Scholarship page.

September 4, 2015

The Waichulis Studio Store is thrilled to announce that its brand new online gallery has officially launched and is open for business! The online gallery features the original works of apprentices, alumni, and instructors from the Ani Art Academy Organization that are available for sale.  New art will be continually added, and each piece includes artist information, high resolution images, and photographs of the front and back of the frame.  We are beyond excited to create this unique opportunity and look forward to sharing the work of the Ani organization with an even larger scope of art-lovers!  Please visit the The Waichulis Studio Store to view the gallery and make purchases.  Questions and inquires can be directed to

August 31, 2015

Ani Art Academy Waichulis artists visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City earlier this week.  Many of the artists were excited to view the John Singer Sargent exhibit, Portraits of Artists and Friends, and noted that it was the highlight of the trip.  The exhibit runs now through October 4th.  Please visit The Metropolitan Museum of Art for more details. 

August 27, 2015

Ani Art Academy Anguilla instructor Timothy Jahn and Ani Art Academy Waichulis artist Brian O' Neill have been accepted into the 2015 Art Kudos Competition Exhibition.  The annual international juried competition serves to recognize and honor excellence in the visual arts.  Jahn’s 30"x30" oil, Side Effects, and O'Neill's 36"x48" oil, Counterpoint, will join that of 151 artists from 29 countries exhibiting drawings, paintings, printmaking, photography, digital art, sculpture, installations, wood, glass, ceramics, fiber art, and mixed media.

For more information on the competition, please visit Art Kudos.

August 25, 2015

Leah Waichulis will be joining a stage of esteemed artists in the upcoming exhibition at Schomburg Gallery, “American Artists and the Allure of the East.”  The show focuses on both Japanese and Chinese culture, as well as the sudden and increased interest in other parts of the East, including Sri Lanka, India, and Thailand.   Waichulis’ piece, Late Spring, was inspired by Japanese woodblock prints, paintings, and architecture.  The show opens on Saturday September 9th and runs though October 10th.  Please visit Schomburg Gallery for more information.

August 20, 2015

The work of Ani Art Academy artists Victoria Steel, Rodney O’Dell Davis, and Jason Brady have been selected to join the Art Renewal Center’s 2014/2015 Salon Traveling Exhibition.  Steel’s Of Earth, Heaven, & Sea, Davis’ Rue, and Brady’s Unblinding the Seer will be showcased in a live exhibition that will begin at the MEAM in Barcelona Spain, running from November 17th through December 28th, and then move to The Salmagundi Club in New York City from January 18th- February 4th.  The highly anticipated traveling show will highlight work from the ARC 2014/2015 Salon in which Steel won 1st place and Davis 2nd place in the Drawing Competition and Brady was awarded a Purchase Prize. 

Stay tuned to the ARC Salon International Exhibition for more information.

August 18, 2015

Ani Art Academy Waichulis artist Emma Hirst has been selected by "Southwest Art" for their annual spotlight on emerging artists, 21 Under 31.  The yearly feature polls art schools, ateliers, galleries, and respected workshop instructors to find some of the most promising young painters in the country.  In an interview with the magazine, Hirst shares, “I am very inspired by what I choose to draw and paint, which is usually objects that are found in nature that I find aesthetically beautiful-plants, seashells, and animal bones.”  Emma joins a group of young artists that are as Southwest states, “an inspired and dedicated group who work hard and dream big.”  Congratulations to Emma and the talented group of young painters that she joins in this wonderful accomplishment.  To read Emma’s full interview and view her work, please visit 21 Under 31: Young Artists to Watch in 2015.

August 14, 2015

Ani Art Academy Waichulis graduate Kevin Moore was on hand to take one of the first tours of the building which will soon house Ani Art Academy America.  Moore, whom will be the head instructor of the brand new school, was excited to look over blueprints and get a first glimpse of the space as it is converted to house the organization’s 5th location.  Ani Art Academy America, located in Red Bank, New Jersey, is slated to open in the fall of 2015 and will cater to disabled veterans.  Stay tuned for more information on this awesome endeavor!


August 12, 2015

Ani Art Academy’s Leah Waichulis has donated one of her recent paintings, “Cabin Exterior” to an auction that benefits The Mikey’s Way Foundation.  The foundation, which enriches the lives of children with cancer and other life threatening diseases, started in 2005 when Mikey Friedman was battling cancer and chose to share his Make a Wish gift with other children fighting the disease.  Mikey went on a shopping spree and purchased an array of educational and interactive electronic devices that were passed out to patients in the children’s hospital.  As he knew from personal experience, the more that a patient is able to distract themselves from the side effects of treatment, the better chance of success they would have.  Although Mikey passed away in 2008, his legacy lives on through the Mikey’s Way Foundation. 


Please visit the Mikey’s Way Drive for Dreams website to view and bid on “Cabin Exterior,” a gorgeous painting of a warm and sunny scene.  Thank you to Leah for your generosity and to The Mikey’s Way Foundation for continuing such a wonderful cause.


July 31, 2015

Instructor Timothy Jahn visited the new Ani Art Academy Sri Lanka campus earlier this month.  The new school is currently under construction and due to open in 2016.  While visiting, Jahn was able to visit local schools and was greeted with enthusiastic teachers and students that are eagerly anticipating the offering of the Ani Art Academies’ curriculum.  We look forward to our upcoming endeavor in Sri Lanka, and cannot wait to share in this experience with its wonderful people!

July 31, 2015

Awarded a solo exhibition for excellence and innovation at the 2014 Greater Michigan Art Exhibition, Ani Art Academy Apprentice Stephen Sebald’s “Burnt Offerings” opened this past weekend.  The show features the extremely detailed realist charcoal drawings that Sebald is known for.  He states, “I entitled this show ‘Burnt Offerings’ as a reference to the common biblical term, as it relates to the burnt wood which makes up the charcoal and signifies the offerings of the sacrifices I have made to make these drawings.”  The show runs now through September 11th at the Alden B. Dow Museum of Science and Art in Midland, Michigan. 

July 29, 2015

Ani Art Academies are thrilled to announce that our brand new website is coming soon!  The site will feature a fresh and innovative design, interactive features, multi-language capabilities, full responsiveness for handheld devices, and so much more.  We are beyond excited to share our new site with you and simply cannot wait for its upcoming launch.  Please stay tuned to to witness the changes that are right around the corner!


July 23, 2015

Program creator Anthony Waichulis and graphic designer Anya Davis have been hard at work on the 3rd installment of Visual Language, a carefully sequenced curricula framework for building stronger visual communication skills in the classroom, and are excited to announce that it is nearing completion.  Visual language III, grades 9-12, the most complex and comprehensive lesson plans thus far, include exercises and instruction that add the final building blocks to the already available K-8 curriculum.  The final installment will be available this September.  Please visit the Waichulis Studio Store to access the cost-free Visual Language Curriculum.


July 23, 2015

The highly anticipated 17th edition of Capturing Realism opened with a packed house last Saturday evening.  The event, which featured over 70 works from Ani Art Academies’ artists from around the globe, was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone in attendance.  Visitors remarked upon the captivating and diverse pieces that adorned the walls of the Pauly Friedman Gallery, and took great pleasure in immersing themselves in the art while enjoying a delicious array of food and wine. We would like to extend our immense gratitude to the gallery, university, artists, and community for making this a truly special event.  The show runs now through September 30th.

For more information on the exhibition, please visit The Pauly Friedman Gallery at Misericordia University.

Click here to view the artwork of Capturing Realism 2015.

July 17, 2015