The Bennett Prize


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$50,000 prize aims to increase opportunities for female artists in male-dominated field

The Pittsburgh Foundation has established The Bennett Prize to recognize and encourage emerging women artists who paint in the figurative realist style. The biennial award comprises $50,000 and a solo museum exhibition. Art collectors Steven Alan Bennett and Elaine Melotti Schmidt of San Antonio, Texas, endowed a $3 million fund at The Pittsburgh Foundation to ensure that The Prize will be awarded every two years in perpetuity.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Kloosterboer on Visions of Venus

A variety of artwork inspired by the premise of Visions of Venus will be shown at the Zhou B Art Center, in Chicago, Illinois, from April 20 through June 8, 2018, that includes paintings, drawings, photographs and sculptures created by fifty-three artists from the United States and abroad.

Poets and Artists

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Call for Entries: The Bennett Prize

The Bennett Prize, created by art collectors Steven Alan Bennett and Dr. Elaine Melotti Schmidt, awards $50,000 to a woman artist in order to help her create a solo exhibition of figurative realist paintings.

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Figurative Focus

The contemporary art collection of Steven Bennett and Dr. Elaine Melotti Schmidt spotlights paintings of women by women artists.

American Art Collector