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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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Art Fix Friday: April 13, 2018

Artsy explores why San Antonio-based patrons Steven Alan Bennett and Dr. Elaine Melotti Schmidt founded the Bennett Prize, a biannual grant that will award funding to emerging women painters who live in the U.S. and work in a figurative realist style. 

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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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