Bennett Prize for Women Figurative Realist Painters

Bennett Prize for Women Figurative Realist Painters

This Deadline Expired: Friday, October 16, 2020

Talented women painters looking to take their figurative realist work to the next level are invited to apply for the $50,000 Bennett Prize, the largest cash prize offered solely to women painters.

The prize competition is open to qualified painters only. The term “qualified” painter describes a person who is a woman and fine art painter who applies paint to a generally two-dimensional surface (this does not include drawings made with pencil or crayon charcoal, photography, sculpture, installation video or performance art, or painting over digital printing); paints in the style in which the realistically depicted human figure, or figures, is central to the work; is pursuing a career as a full-time professional painter (hobbyists or serious amateurs not intending to work full-time as painters are not eligible); and has not yet received significant professional recognition (meaning the artist has not sold any single work of art for, nor has received an art prize or award, in an amount exceeding $25,000).

The prize competition is open to individuals in the United States only, and the prize is awarded to the same individual only once. More than six hundred artists entered the competition two years ago, exceeding expectations.

Artists may submit artwork of any size for jury consideration, but should the artist be selected as a finalist for the prize, the largest dimension of submitted work for the exhibition cannot exceed 72 inches. Finalists may sell their work but will enter into a loan agreement upon agreeing to participate in the show.

Entries must be submitted by October 16, 2020, to be considered. A $50 entry fee will be charged to all entrants.

For additional information, including a complete overview of the competition rules and a timeline, see the Bennett Prize website.

Link to complete RFP

Howard Traivers
Howard Traivers
A native of Philadelphia, PA, Constance McBride relocated to the Southwest in 2002 and for 16 years, observations of the desert made a transformative impact on her professional practice as a research-based visual artist. Her work addresses the human condition in relation to nature while putting an emphasis on the issues most experienced by women.
Constance McBride
Constance McBride

A native of Philadelphia, PA, Constance McBride relocated to the Southwest in 2002 and for 16 years, observations of the…

A native of Philadelphia, PA, Constance McBride relocated to the Southwest in 2002 and for 16 years, observations of the desert made a transformative impact on her professional practice as a research-based…

A native of Philadelphia, PA, Constance McBride relocated to the Southwest in 2002 and for 16 years, observations of the desert made a transformative impact on her professional practice as a research-based visual artist.…

Don Kaiser is an InLiquid member with works in digital art and installation.
Don Kaiser
Don Kaiser

Don Kaiser is an InLiquid member with works in digital art and installation.…

Don Kaiser is an InLiquid member with works in digital art and installation.…

Don Kaiser is an InLiquid member with works in digital art and installation.…

Ada Trillo is an interdisciplinary artist who primarily focuses on documentary photography.  Her work is included in the Philadelphia Museum of Art's permanent collection.  Having grown-up in Juarez, Mexico, she is deeply troubled by the social problems affecting women of the border towns. An example of Trillo’s work is a photo documentary exposé of low-cost sex workers in Mexico. The series includes a collection of photos taken in the brothels there, deglamorizing prostitution and showing the dehumanizing conditions of their work. Trillo’s photographs have been featured in several major press outlets -  and was recently selected Best Series in the Black and White International Awards.  She studied in Italy and Philadelphia, and her work has been shown in solo, and group exhibitions. Trillo lectures at conferences and universities, regarding women’s issues and human trafficking.  She is currently working on a series that tackles the issues surrounding immigration and the Honduran Caravan.
Ada Trillo
Ada Trillo

Ada Trillo is an interdisciplinary artist who primarily focuses on documentary photography. Her work is included in the…

Ada Trillo is an interdisciplinary artist who primarily focuses on documentary photography. Her work is included in the Philadelphia Museum of Art's permanent collection. Having grown-up in Juarez, Mexico,…

Ada Trillo is an interdisciplinary artist who primarily focuses on documentary photography. Her work is included in the Philadelphia Museum of Art's permanent collection. Having grown-up in Juarez, Mexico, she is deeply…

Carol Taylor-Kearney creates mixed media paintings and sculptures that are vibrant in color, adventurous in the mediums used, and playful in the open-ended stories or puzzles she presents.  Based on recognizable people, places, and circumstances, she adds a bit of imagination to collected debris to create worlds to touch and to visit.  Often, she takes advantage of combining real-life observations with art history and literature, and the subjectivity of time.  Taylor-Kearney wants observers to feel that they can find something new every time they experience the artwork.
Carol Taylor-Kearney
Carol Taylor-Kearney

Carol Taylor-Kearney creates mixed media paintings and sculptures that are vibrant in color, adventurous in the mediums used,…

Carol Taylor-Kearney creates mixed media paintings and sculptures that are vibrant in color, adventurous in the mediums used, and playful in the open-ended stories or puzzles she presents. Based on recognizable…

Carol Taylor-Kearney creates mixed media paintings and sculptures that are vibrant in color, adventurous in the mediums used, and playful in the open-ended stories or puzzles she presents. Based on recognizable people, places,…

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