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.
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.
Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs
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
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.
Poets and Artists
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.