The Bennett Prize finalist Jennifer R. A. Campbell’s “Min and Bill” (2012), oil on canvas, 50 x 60 inches (image courtesy the artist)

The call for entries is now open for The Bennett Prize, which awards $50,000 to a woman artist to create her own solo exhibition of figurative realist paintings that will travel the country. All women figurative realist painters are cordially invited to submit their work. 

The Bennett Prize was founded by art collectors, curators, and philanthropists Steven Alan Bennett and Dr. Elaine Melotti Schmidt. It seeks to propel the careers of women figurative realist painters who have not yet realized full professional recognition, thereby empowering new artists as well as those who have painted for many years.

The call for entries for the 2021 Bennett Prize is open from April 16–October 16, 2020. After a month and a half of deliberation, the jury will select 10 finalists. The winner will be announced in May 2021 at the opening reception for the finalists’ exhibition at the Muskegon Museum of Art in Michigan, which will host the exhibition through early September.

In recognition of the extraordinary circumstances the world is facing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic hardship, the entry fee for The Bennett Prize has been cut in half to $25.

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The Pittsburgh Foundation and the Muskegon Museum of Art are proud partners of The Bennett Prize®.