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.
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
The paintings of Aneka Ingold, 2019 Bennett Prize winner, are presented alongside Rising Voices 2. The MMA features artwork made during Ingold’s two years of Prize support. Her paint and colored pencil paintings merge intricate detail with flat and bold graphics to tell stories of womanhood, of her own experiences and those of women through history.
The exhibitions are on display at the Muskegon Museum of Art on May 28 – September 5, 2021.
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