PITTSBURGH, Pa. Nov. 15, 2018 – Today 10 women from across the country who paint in the figurative realist style were named finalists or the $50,000 Bennett Prize, the largest art award ever offered solely to women painters.
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Conversations with art-world instigators by Victoria Selbach. Collector Dr. Elaine Melotti Schmidt and her husband, Steven Allen Bennett, are amassing a significant collection of work by female realist painters. Elaine exemplifies the connected collector. Her art historical foundation, fierce intellect and an unquenchable curiosity create a base for her emotional connection to her selections.
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The Bennett Prize is a stipend/grant-in-aid program established by American art collectors Steven Alan Bennett and Dr. Elaine Melotti Schmidt, to support the fine art practice of a woman painter working in figurative realism.
The Pittsburgh Foundation & The Muskegon Museum of Art (MMA) in Muskegon, MI announce a call to artists for The Bennett Prize. Ten (10) finalists will each receive $1,000 to participate in a traveling exhibition. One woman receives $50,000 and a solo exhibition. J
Indy Arts Guide
Art collector, lifelong educator and now curator Elaine Schmidt provides an overview of her life and career, and the vision she shares with husband Steven Bennett of encouraging women figurative realist painters through The Bennett Prize and The Bennett Collection.