RISING VOICES 2: The Bennett Prize for Women Figurative Realist Painters
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.
Bennett Prize goes to painter Ayana Ross
Painter Ayana Ross, of McDonough, Georgia, has won the prestigious 2021 Bennett Prize. Ross’s work explores identity and cultural awareness in the everyday lives of African Americans in the American South. The winner of the $50,000 award was announced at the Rising Voices 2: The Bennett Prize for Women Figurative Realist Painters May 27.
Opening & Award Presentation
Rising Voices 2 Exhibition & Finalists
The exhibition is on display at the Muskegon Museum of Art on May 28 – September 5, 2021. HOURS & ADMISSION
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.
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, photos of the artists, and samples of their work at www.thebennettprize.org/2.0-Finalists.
BENNETT PRIZE PARTNERS
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.