RISING VOICES 2: The Bennett Prize for Women Figurative Realist Painters

May 28 through September 5, 2021

Ten women from across the country who paint in the figurative realist style were named finalists for the $50,000 Bennett Prize®, the largest art award ever offered solely to women figurative realist painters, and now in its second round of awards. The finalists were selected from among 674 entrants, a number that surpasses the entrants in 2018, the inaugural year of The Prize. Endowed at The Pittsburgh Foundation by art collectors Steven Alan Bennett and Dr. Elaine Melotti Schmidt, The Prize is designed to propel the careers of women artists.

The winner of the $50,000 award will be announced at the Rising Voices 2: The Bennett Prize for Women Figurative Realist Painters exhibition opening on May 27. An exhibition of the finalists’ works will travel following the Muskegon Museum of Art showing. Stops in Florida, Georgia and Tennessee are planned and more venues will be added. Alongside the finalists exhibition, the winner of The Bennett Prize 1, Aneka Ingold, will present her solo show.

BennettPrize2.0Finalists

The 10 finalists, in alphabetical order, are:
Sophia-Yemisi Adeyemo-Ross, Providence, Rhode Island
Tanmaya Bingham, Portland, Oregon
Chloe Chiasson, Brooklyn, New York
June Glasson, Millbrook, New York
Holly Keogh, Charlotte, North Carolina
Lavely Miller, Baltimore, Maryland
Rebecca Orcutt, North Bend, Washington
Ayana Ross, McDonough, Georgia
Su Su, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Amy Werntz, Dallas, Texas

Find full biographical information, head shots and samples of their work at www.thebennettprize.org/2.0-Finalists.

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Rising Voices 2: The Bennett Prize for Women Figurative Realist Painters is underwritten by Raymond James

Media Support: WGVU Public Media


 

Sales Gallery | Rising Voices 1: The Bennett Prize® for Women Figurative Realist Painters

Click HERE to view artworks available for purchase that were created by Bennett Prize® finalists in the inaugural Rising Voices 1 exhibition in 2019. Please call the Muskegon Museum of Art at 231-720-2582 to inquire about purchasing. The artworks appear in the Rising Voices 1: The Bennett Prize for Women Figurative Realist Painters traveling exhibition.