Scholarship Info

The New Student Scholarship Contest deadline is CLOSED

The Academy of Realist Art, Boston launches its seventh annual scholarship competition for promising artists who are seeking in depth technical training in observational drawing and painting. ARA Boston is one of a select few art schools in the world that teaches the academic approach . We model our curriculum and techniques on those used by 19th-century European academies to help students master fine art skills. We use both sight-size (in the bargue/cast/still life track) and comparative measurement (in figure drawing/painting) within our curriculum so full time students receive an expansive skill set.

The scholarship to be awarded is for one year's free tuition for the school year, September 2019-June 2020. Equivalent value is up to $9,255 for our full-time program in Boston. This is for tuition only. Housing/lodging is the responsibility of the student.

Submissions shall be treated as being free of restrictions and limitations on their use and publication. Prizes have no cash surrender value and are not transferable. Any expenses incurred by the winner(s) to claim the scholarship award(s) are the sole responsibility of the individual. ARA Boston reserves the right to refrain from awarding the scholarship at it's discretion.

Submission Details

March 1st, 2019: Submission Deadline ***EXTENDED TO MARCH 10th!
March 15th, 2019: Shortlist Notified - Once we narrow down candidates, we will schedule an interview with the finalists (either in person, by phone or video)
Winner will be announced April 1st, 2018.

Eligibility and International Info

Entries are accepted from the worldwide artist community. We do not assist with VISAs. It is your responsibility to obtain proper documentation to come to the US. If applying internationally, please make sure you find out if you are able and eligible to move to the US to attend.

Applicants must be over the age of 18 years (under 18 with parent's permission) and not currently enrolled at the Academy of Realist Art Boston. Team entries are not accepted. If awarded, housing/lodging is the responsibility of the student.

How to Submit

Submit by completing the following tasks:

  1. Send the following information to arabostoncontest (at)

    1. A pdf titled LASTNAMEFirstName_2019Scholarship (example: SMITHJane_2019Scholarship.pdf) that includes the following:

      1. Name

      2. Email

      3. Website (if applicable)

      4. Phone

      5. Address

      6. Age

      7. Short Bio

      8. Statement of Intention (Why are you interested in this scholarship and what is your planned length of study at ARA Boston)

      9. Previous Education/Experience

      10. List of images submitted (Title, Medium, Year Completed)

      11. Any other info you think would be relevant for us to know

    2. 5 to 8 un-retouched JPEG* images. Images files should be named in the following format: artist name_title of work_yearcompleted.jpg

    3. 2 letters of recommendation in pdf form (ideally from previous instructors, employers, or other artists that you may have trained with)

Submissions of representational art are accepted in the following categories: Figure • Portrait • Still Life. Art work for figure and portrait may be either a drawing or painting. No digital artwork. All submissions must be original and not a copy of an existing work. Artwork must be drawn by hand and not traced or copied using mechanical devices.  JPEG images should be no less than 800 pixels in the shortest dimension.

Interview with the 2018/2019 Scholarship Student: Antonio Lones

  1. Tell us a little about yourself, background and how you came to ARA Boston?
    Ever since I could remember I was involved in artistic activities. My teachers noticed my affinity for drawing since elementary school, but wasn’t until 2011 that first introduced to formal drawing and painting methods, which is when I started studying architecture in El Salvador. Then in 2013 I moved to the U.S since my parents were here and the state of conflict in my home country and when I started to search for art schools in Boston I considered my appreciation for classical painting and portraiture which ultimately helped me decide on enrolling into ARA Boston

  2. Did you have any experience with this type of training before attending ARA?
    Although I already knew about traditional techniques I didn't practice them since I didn’t know how to apply it to my artwork. 

  3. What has been your biggest challenge so far?
    Emigrating from your native country to another which has a different culture and language is one of the biggest challenges that I’ve had to deal with. 
    It’s actually one of the reasons I waited so long to apply for the scholarship  at ARA Boston, I had to learn the language first and wait until I felt it was the right moment.

  4. We are part way through your first full time semester. How would you describe your experience so far? 
    Honestly, as a person I’m very nervous and so I was anxious before the start of the classes. That feeling disappeared on the first day because the environment in the Academy is so great. Everyone is very friendly and they make you feel at home. The instructors are truly knowledgeable in the traditional methods and their guidance and critique can be a powerful tool for anyone to improve as an artist, regardless of their experience. I feel I've learned so much just in these past few months since I started in the academy as scholarship student. 

  5. What advice would you give future scholarship students? 
    If you really want to become a great painter, draw as much as you can. Drawing is the basis.

Previous Scholarship Students

Antonio Lones

Antonio Lones

Bristtany Haynes

Bristtany Haynes

Noah Olsen

Noah Olsen

Ryan Gondarowski

Ryan Gondarowski

Eric Johnson (now Instructor)

Eric Johnson (now Instructor)

Rachel harrison

Rachel harrison