The Bennett Prize


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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.

Poets and Artists

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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.

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Call for entries for first-of-its-kind prize to propel careers of women artists

Women who paint in the figurative realist style are invited to apply for the $50,000 Bennett Prize, the largest ever offered solely to women painters. Endowed by art collectors Steven Alan Bennett and Dr. Elaine Melotti Schmidt at The Pittsburgh Foundation, The Bennett Prize aims to spotlight women artists who are, or seek to become full-time painters but have not yet reached full professional recognition.

WKTV Journal

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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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