The Bennett Prize
Dianne Gall, Detail of Everybody Knows, 2017. Oil on linen, 60 x 66 in. View
Susanne Mitchell, Detail of Waiting (from the Silence of the Ordinary), 2015, Oil and mixed media on canvas, 65 x 60 in. View
Suzanne Anan, Detail of Love After Love, 2016. Oil on canvas, 48 x 48 in. View
Lee Price, Detail of Teacup, 2014. Oil on linen, 38 x 68 in. View
Harmonia Rosales, Detail of The Creation of God, 2017, Oil on canvas, 44 x 60 in. View
Zoey Frank, Detail of Parade, 2016. Oil on linen, 126 x 78 in. View
Margaret Bowland, Detail of White Fives, 2012. Oil on linen, 84 x 70 inches. View
Aleah Chapin, Detail of It Was The Sound Of Their Feet, 2014. Oil on linen, 84 x 120 in. View

The Bennett Prize, created in 2018, awards $50,000 to a woman artist to create her own solo exhibition of figurative realist paintings, which will travel the country. The Prize will propel the careers of women painters who have not yet realized full professional recognition, empowering new artists and those who have painted for many years. The Prize will expand opportunities for the public, who may not be familiar with figurative realist painting, to learn more about the creative vision of talented women painters in this increasingly popular genre.

Please visit the Call for Entries page for more details, including the current prize timeline and rules for entry.

Recent News

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San Antonio couple endows $50,000 award for female painters

A mutual interest in art helped bring San Antonio collectors Steven Alan Bennett and Elaine Melotti Schmidt together. Now they are putting that shared passion to work to benefit others. The couple have endowed the Bennett Prize, a $50,000 biennial award that will be given to female artists who specialize in figurative realist imagery and have not yet received full professional recognition.

San Antonio News-Express

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$50,000 prize aims to increase opportunities for female artists in male-dominated field

The Pittsburgh Foundation has established The Bennett Prize to recognize and encourage emerging women artists who paint in the figurative realist style. The biennial award comprises $50,000 and a solo museum exhibition. Art collectors Steven Alan Bennett and Elaine Melotti Schmidt of San Antonio, Texas, endowed a $3 million fund at The Pittsburgh Foundation to ensure that The Prize will be awarded every two years in perpetuity.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Figurative Focus

The contemporary art collection of Steven Bennett and Dr. Elaine Melotti Schmidt spotlights paintings of women by women artists.

American Art Collector

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Kloosterboer on Visions of Venus

A variety of artwork inspired by the premise of Visions of Venus will be shown at the Zhou B Art Center, in Chicago, Illinois, from April 20 through June 8, 2018, that includes paintings, drawings, photographs and sculptures created by fifty-three artists from the United States and abroad.

Poets and Artists