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.

Aneka Ingold has been named the winner of the first Bennett Prize, the largest ever awarded solely to women painters.  

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Interview with Dr. Elaine Melotti and Steven Alan Bennett, Founders of The Bennett Prize

Created in 2018, The Bennett Prize is the largest ever Prize offered solely to women painters. The accolade aims to give recognition to women artists who paint in the figurative realist style and who have not yet realised their full professional potential. The Prize, with the call for entry open from 13 April to 28 September 2018, awards $50,000 to allow the winning artist to create her own solo exhibition.

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The Bennetts: Collectors with Heart, a podcast interview

Passionate, approachable and smart, the Bennetts were a pleasure to chat with. Dr Elaine Melotti Schmidt and her husband Steven Bennett have gathered a collection of over 150 artworks by figurative artists all of whom are women.  The discussion with the Bennetts includes collecting as artistic expression, building a collection, choosing paintings, and much more.

John Dalton, "Gently Does It" podcast- Episode 109

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Secondary Meanings : Figural Diptychs

Call for artists! Art collectors Steven Bennett and Elaine Melotti Schmidt are organizing an exhibition of diptych or triptych works. These forms provide enormous creative opportunities for visual artists because it supplies expansive and varied ways for an artist to speak using juxtaposition, contrast, comparison, expansion, connection and separation.

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Artist Victoria Selbach includes a mention of The Bennett Prize, established by collectors Steven Bennett and  Dr. Elaine Melotti Schmidt, and the new "Visions of Venus" exhibition organized by Schmidt and opened in April.