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The Bennett Prize: One Woman Receives $50,000 and a solo exhibition

The Bennett Prize, established by San Antonio art collectors Steven Bennett and Elaine Melotti Schmidt, calls on women painters of the figurative realistic style to enter for the chance to win $50,000 and a solo exhibition. Ten finalists will also each receive $1,000 to participate in a traveling exhibition.

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The Bennett Prize for Emerging Female Figurative Painters

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.

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This New $50k Prize Is Just for Emerging Female Figurative Painters

San Antonio-based patrons Steven Alan Bennett and Dr. Elaine Melotti Schmidt have been contemplating how to support female artists for almost a decade, since they first began collecting art. This spring, they founded the Bennett Prize, which Bennett hopes will give female figurative painters “more flexibility to focus on their work” and “more visibility.”

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Visions of Venus - Venus' Visions | Part 2

With nine artists across six time zones this episode is a great snapshot of the global village that is the figurative art community. Back in August of 2017 Dr. Elaine Melotti Schmidt was on the podcast talking about an open call for an exhibition she was curating called, “Visions of Venus / Venus’ Visions.”

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Pittsburgh Foundation Launches $50,000 Prize for Women Painters

Endowed by art collectors Steven Alan Bennett and Dr. Elaine Melotti Schmidt with a $3 million gift, the $50,000 Bennett Prize will spotlight women artists who paint in the figurative realist style and who have not yet achieved full professional recognition — both new artists and those who have painted for many years. 

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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.

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