In celebration of International Women’s Day, we would like to bring attention to the female graduates of Ani Art Academies Waichulis. Some of these graduates are Erika Baez, Helen Crispino, Chelsea Herron, Emma Hirst, Sharon L. Hourigan, Terese Rogers, Victoria Steel, Leah Waichulis, and Kierstin C. Young. After graduating from Ani Art Academy, these women have gone on to start very fruitful careers in art.  Erika Baez currently lives and works in Honolulu, Hawaii where her primary focus is on still life paintings and drawings which allow for a clear narrative within her work.Chelsea Herron has recently had her paintings selected to be published in Infected by Art Vol. 7, participated in Illuxcon 2018 Artist Showcase, and was featured in Southwest Art Magazine’s 21 under 31 Young Artists to Watch in 2018.Emma Hirst is continuing her career as a gallery artist with representation from Studio Gallery and has participated in exhibits at Abend Gallery. She is also teaching drawing and painting workshops. Emma is teaching a three-week painting course titled, Skill Building Drills for Oil Paint, at Sadie Valeri Atelier this coming April. In May, she is instructing a drawing workshop titled, Where Light Meets Dark at Liv and Chiu art studio in Berkley, CA. Terese Rogers’ drawing, “Le Petit Fleur” has been included in the textbook “Gateways to Drawing”. Terese Rogers has opened her studio, West River Street on which she teaches realism. She is also an adjunct professor at Luzerne County Community College where she instructs a range of studio art courses.Victoria Steel has been residing in Red Bank, NJ since 2017 and has begun offering private art instruction. She has participated in numerous exhibits in the past year at Haven Gallery, Lovetts Gallery, and Rehs Contemporary Galleries. Victoria has also been making drawing and painting videos on YouTube.Kiersten C. Young has been very busy in the past year producing a body of paintings. She has been exhibiting her work at Last Rites Gallery, Abend Gallery, Lovetts Gallery, Rehs Contemporary Gallery, Haven Gallery, and Arch Enemy Arts. To follow these inspiring women's endeavors you may follow the links below:http://www.erikabaezart.com/http://www.chelseaherron.com/http://www.emmahirst.com/http://www.sharonhourigan.com/http://www.tereserogers.com/https://www.victoria-steel.com/https://leahwaichulisart.com/https://www.kierstinyoung.com/

March 8, 2019

  The Art Renewal Center is now accepting entries to the 14th International ARC Salon Competition. When talking about competitions and exhibitions dedicated to 21st Century Realism, The International ARC Salon is the largest in the world in terms of entries, and the most diverse in terms of categories and international participation. This makes the International ARC Salon Competition the most influential and far-reaching competition for Contemporary Realism in the world, offering over $100,000 in cash awards and international recognition through partnerships with prestigious magazines, galleries, and museums, with live exhibitions and a strong online presence. Artists may enter and win one or all eleven categories: there is no limit to the number of entries you may submit. Compete to win $100,000 in cash awards, the deadline to enter is March 15th, 2019.See a list of categories here: https://www.artrenewal.org/SalonApplication/Salon/Categories

March 1, 2019

Ani Art Academy Waichulis artists, Chelsea Herron and Joseph Dillon have been selected to have their artwork published in "Infected by Art Vol. 7". The Infected by Art's book contest connects artists to a global audience through its online submission and viewing process. The very best imaginative realism artworks, i.e. science fiction, fantasy, and horror created by professional and emerging artists from all of the world are selected.If you would like to see more information on Infected by Art, Chelsea Herron, or Joseph Dillon, please follow the links provided below:http://www.infectedbyart.com/default.asphttp://www.chelseaherron.com/http://aniartacademies.org/artist-image-gallery

February 22, 2019

Ani Art Academy Dominicana Alumni, Carolin Fernandez drawing “Free Spirit” will be published in Strokes of Genius 10. Celebrating the best drawings by contemporary artists, the Strokes of Genius series follows the beautiful, ongoing story of contemporary drawing through the work and words of some of today's top artists. Focusing on the theme "Inspiring Subjects," this thoughtfully curated 10th edition features the artists' most compelling subject matter. Artists and art lovers alike are sure to be inspired by the resulting energy and expressiveness showcased on these pages.For more information on Strokes of Genius 10 and Carolin Fernandez, please follow the links: http://aniartacademies.org/artist-gallery?artistid=73http://aniartacademies.org/sites/default/files/Carolin-Fernandez_20x16_F... https://www.artistsnetwork.com/store/strokes-of-genius-10

February 15, 2019

A big congratulations to alumni Terese Rogers, her drawing “Le Petit Fleur” is included in the textbook "Gateways to Drawing", by Stephen C.P. Gardner. "Gateways to Drawing" is an adaptable guide that covers the full drawing sequence. From basic setup and choice materials to self-critique and evaluation of drawings, this text allows the reader to design their ideal drawing course. The book also comes with an optional free sketchbook.Since her graduation from Ani Art Academy Waichulis in 2013, Terese Rogers has opened her studio, West River Street on which she teaches realism. She also is an adjunct professor at Luzerne County Community College where she instructs a range of studio art courses.Her work has received awards including honorable mention and finalist awards from the Art Renewal Center and finalists awards from The Artist Magazine.  Terese's work has been featured in various publications including The Artist Magazine, Strokes of Genius and American Arts Quarterly.  Her work is collected both nationally and internationally including the permanent collection of Museu Europeu d'Art Modern (MEAM) Barcelona, Spain, the Maslow Collection and the Waichulis Family Collection.Terese exhibits her work at Lovett's Gallery, Tulsa Oklahoma and Mainstreet Galleries, Kingston, Pennsylvania.  Her past exhibits include Reh's Contemporary Gallery, New York City, Art Basil, Miami and Galeria L'Oeil du Prince, Paris.For more information on Terese Rogers or Gateways to Drawing, you may follow these links.www.tereserogers.comhttp://aniartacademies.org/artist-gallery?artistid=116https://www.thamesandhudsonusa.com/books/gateways-to-drawing-a-complete-... https://www.amazon.com/Gateways-Drawing-Complete-Stephen-Gardner/dp/0500...

February 8, 2019

Congratulations to Ani Art Academies Waichulis apprentice Mitchell Bagnas on the completion of his first creative project. His drawing “Jar of Hope” is inspired by the Ancient Greek myth of Pandora. As the mythology is told, Pandora was given a jar as a gift and was told not to open it. Pandora full of curiosity, opened the jar not knowing of its consequences. Evil spirits had poured out; they were called Disease, Famine, War, and Deceit. Pandora quickly closed the jar regretting her actions. That is when another spirit called out, the name of this spirit was Hope. Pandora let the spirit free and gave humanity a blessing of hope to ease humanities’ suffering.  Mitchell Bagnas started his studies under the tutelage of Anthony Waichulis in 2017 after graduating Luzerne County Community College with a degree in Painting & Illustration. We are all incredibly excited to see what Mitchell draws next! To view the entire drawing, please follow the link: http://aniartacademies.org/sites/default/files/Mitchell_Bagnas_Jar-of-Ho...

February 4, 2019

Ani Art Academies Sri Lanka will hold an Open House Friday, January 25th, 2019 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 the head instructor and artist Timothy W. Jahn. 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. The Ani Art Academies Sri Lanka welcomes all from the community to join us for some food and drink, as well as some spectacular artwork from the current 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 Sri Lanka. For more information about this event, please contact Bhaghya at infosl@aniartacademies.org For more information about The Ani Art Academies, visit our website at www.aniartacademies.org, or https://www.facebook.com/pg/Ani-Art-Academies-Sri-Lanka-1463081593996887/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1463123363992710 

January 23, 2019

Updated Art Competitions 2019 list. Do not miss the opportunity to enter. Many are open now, and some deadlines are coming up soon. You can find the list on Ani Art Academy Student Community Facebook Page. If you are not a member, please request to be added to the group, you can find tons of useful information in that group. 

January 16, 2019

Ani Art Academies would like to wish you a wonderful holiday filled with joy, laughter, and good will.  As the New Year approaches we look back upon a year that was filled with plentiful accomplishments, new challenges, and the reaching of milestones!  We are so excited for the busy year ahead of us and we look forward to all of the wonderful masterpieces and memories that will be created in 2019!

December 26, 2018

Ani Art Academies would like to congratulate the Ani Apprentices who have received an award of Excellence and Distinction for their hard work over the past year. In recognition of their commitment, dedication, and performance to the Ani curriculum, the following artists were chosen: Ani Art Academy Waichiulis: Award of Excellence - Edward Ewald, Award of Distinction – Mitchell Bagnas. Ani Art Academy Anguilla: Award of Excellence - Carmel Gumbs, Award of Distinction – Brandon Lavon. Ani Art Academy Dominicana: Award of Excellence – Eduard Peña Peña, Award of Distinction – Domingo Antonio Rosario. Ani Art Academy Thailand: Award of Excellence – Ten Yamter, Award of Distinction – Nakorn Sriphet. Ani Art Academy Sri Lanka has not been open for a year yet, but we already see very dedicated and hard-working students there. This year Ani Art Academy’s Sri Lanka instructor, Timothy Jahn, chose four students to give small awards. Most Hours Award: Iddamal Godage Madhuka Dilshan, Most Improved Award:Dimathi   Thilakna Uyangoda, Most Dedicated Award: Hetti Arachchilage Buddhika Lakmal, Hardest Working Award: Nambukara Palliyaguruge Shan Sandakelum. All the above artists were awarded a monetary prize, along with a certificate that expresses the organization’s sincere appreciation of their dedication. Once again, congratulations to all hardworking apprentices; we look forward to seeing what they accomplish in the year ahead!

December 19, 2018

Ani Art Academies 4th Annual Drawing Competition is fast approaching. January 15th is the last day you can submit your artwork(s) for consideration. 10 artists will be awarded free entry into the most challenging and diverse competition for Representational Artists today: The ARC Salon. A celebrated panel of judges will carefully examine each work for the qualities that best represent an artist in true command of his or her talent! This year’s judges are: Pavan Chaggar (Art Aesthetics Magazine), Patrick Wilshire (IX Arts), Richard Gandy (Gandy Gallery), Robert Pool (Co-author of the book Peak), Deanne Pool (Contributor to the book Peak), Kara Lysandra (Art Renewal Center), John Manzari (Meyer Gallery), Tim Reynolds (Founder of Ani Art Academies). 

December 13, 2018

Holidays are getting closer and closer! Apprentices at Ani Art Academy Waichulis enjoyed a day of holiday Alla Prima painting and drawing and listening to Christmas music. A thirty-minute Alla Prima will make a unique gift for your loved one. All of us at the Ani Art Academies wishes you to stay warm and Happy Holidays! 

December 7, 2018

Ani Art Academies thanks all veterans for the service that they have given and for the service that they continue to provide. Let us remember all the sacrifices made by our military so that we could have a safer life. No amount of appreciation will be sufficient enough to honor them. Please expect these words of gratitude from all the Ani Family. Have a Happy Veteran's Day.

November 9, 2018

Last month Ani Art Academy Anguilla Attended Art Expo at the Rodney McArthur Rey Auditorium. A booth with just a few artworks, some brochures, applications, and posters attracted prospective student, who were eager to learn about the academy’s curriculum. Instructors, Elizardo Mojica, and Taffari Crawford ad a great time speaking many high school students and their teachers. For more images of the expo, please visit: 

November 5, 2018

We are all so proud of Chelsea Herron. This year she showcased her work at IX Arts among hundreds of other artists. IX Arts is the organization behind a range of projects designed to enhance popular and critical appreciation of contemporary imaginative realism. Initially founded as the home of the annual IX show, since 2008 IX Arts has branched out into other areas. IX Arts has grown into an organization recognized internationally as a leader in the contemporary imaginative realist movement, and within the broader contemporary realism art world, partnering with organizations such as the Art Renewal Center, Abend Gallery, and the Delaware Art Museum to help bring recognition to imaginative realism as the cutting edge of contemporary realist art. To see Chelsea’s work, please visit: https://www.chelseaherron.com/

October 24, 2018

Great article and interview with Ani Alumni Kevin A. Moore. Kevin is an instructor at the Ani Art Academies America, a state of the art studio providing comprehensive art education to Veterans. Please read and share.  https://whatshamptoning.com/high-definition-realist-artist-kevin-moore/

September 24, 2018