The Bennett Prize

Upper:  $25,000USD 

Lower:  $10,000USD

           10/7/23 DLD

The Bennett Prize


Dallas Museum of Art

Funder Type

Pittsburgh Foundation


Upper:  $25,000USD Lower:  $10,000USD

The Bennett Prize, administered by The Pittsburgh Foundation, is awarded biennially and provides $25,000 annually over two consecutive years to the winning artist ($50,000 total). Ten (10) finalists will be selected to participate in a traveling exhibition organized by the Muskegon Museum of Art (MMA) and the winner will be showcased in a solo exhibition at the close of her grant. A runner up award of $10,000 will be given to one additional finalist. The opening exhibition will be held from May 18 to Sept. 10, 2023 at the Muskegon Museum of Art before traveling to additional venues.

Applicant Type

Individuals: Early Career and Emerging in Field
Individuals: Mid-Career to Established in Field
Women only

Applicant/Institution Location

United States


United States

Activity Location

United States


The Bennett Prize is a stipend/grant-in-aid program established by American art collectors Steven Alan Bennett and Dr. Elaine Melotti Schmidt to support the fine art practice of a woman painter working in figurative realism.

Paintings must depict representational images of one or more figures of any gender. Figures may be clothed or nude and do not need to be photorealistic. All entries must be traditional paintings, which is defined as paint upon a two-dimensional surface. For this purpose, watercolor, gouache, and pastels are considered “paint.” Mixed media pieces will be considered as long as paint is the primary material. Paintings rendered over the top of photographic images are NOT eligible. Only original works completed in the past five (5) years are eligible for consideration.


The Bennett Prize is open only to women eighteen (18) years or older residing at least part time in the United States (50 States and Washington, D.C.) whose primary practice is the creation of original paintings in the genre of figurative realism. Part-time residence must include an active studio practice in the U.S. (On-site studio visits are a required component of The Prize.) U.S. Citizenship is not required.

  • Artists must be currently pursuing, or hope to pursue, a career as a full-time painter.
  • No contestant may be a full or part time student at any time during the period from the conclusion of the call for entries on Oct. 7, 2022 through the announcement of the winner on May 18, 2023. The winner of The Prize may not be a full- or part-time student at any time from the conclusion of the call for entries on Oct. 7, 2022 through the opening of her solo Prize exhibition in May 2025. Employment during the period of the grant DOES NOT affect eligibility.
  • Artists who have received a prior award or grant of $25,000 or more, or sold any single work of art for $25,000 or more, are NOT eligible.
  • To be considered for The Bennett Prize, artists are required to participate in the exhibition of finalists, both by the submission and display of their work and attendance at the opening event. Artists must have works available for exhibition from Feb. 10, 2023 through Sept. 2025.












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