The Bennett Prize


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Meet Bennet Prize 2 finalists and Prize Founders

In this episode of Gently Does It, John Dalton speaks with the finalists of The Bennett Prize 2. He also chats with Dr Elaine Melotti Schmidt and Steven Bennett. The episode culminates in the announcement of the winner of the prize.

Gently Does It podcast with John Dalton

News Release

Bennett Prize goes to painter Ayana Ross

Muskegon, Michigan (May 27, 2021)–  Painter Ayana Ross, of McDonough, Georgia, has won the prestigious 2021 Bennett Prize. Ross’s work explores identity and cultural awareness in the everyday lives of African Americans in the American South.

Ross will be awarded $50,000, giving her the opportunity to create new work in the figurative realist style for a solo exhibition that ultimately will travel the country. The Bennett Prize is the largest prize offered solely to women figurative painters.