The Bennett Prize


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Interview with Dr. Elaine Melotti and Steven Alan Bennett, Founders of The Bennett Prize

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.

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Grand Valley Artists: The Bennett Prize

The Muskegon Museum of Art is proud to be the inaugural venue for THE BENNETT PRIZE, a one-of-a-kind juried art exhibition designed to propel the careers of women figurative realist painters. Entry begins April 13.

Grand Valley Artists

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Figuratively speaking

The Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art expects to host its biggest show yet, bringing in the work of contemporary figure painters from around the world.

City Pages

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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.

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