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Passionate, approachable and smart, the Bennetts were a pleasure to chat with. Dr Elaine Melotti Schmidt and her husband Steven Bennett have gathered a collection of over 150 artworks by figurative artists all of whom are women.  They have also created the Bennet prize which is a biennial $50,000 award focused on helping of female artists in the early stages of their careers. They had lots of insights about the art world from the collectors perspective.

Here are the main points of what we talk about:

  • Collecting as artistic expression,
  • Building a collection,
  • Choosing paintings,
  • Women artists,
  • Figurative realism,
  • Masterpieces,
  • Evolution of a collection,
  • Medium preferences,
  • Consistency,
  • Buying larger work,
  • Location,
  • Social media status,
  • Gallery representation,
  • Online galleries,
  • Getting noticed,
  • Collector community,
  • Collector resources,
  • Future of painting,
  • Art market,
  • Follow up,
  • Business skills,
  • Pricing,
  • Sexism,
  • The Bennett Prize,
  • Upcoming show – Figural Diptychs: Secondary Meanings,
  • Favorite artworks,

To find out more about The Bennett Collection go to:
To find out more about The Bennett Prize go to:

Dr Elaine Melotti Schmidt and her husband Steven Bennett

Referenced in the podcast . . .

Herb and Dorothy Vogel

The Guerrilla Girls’ Bedside Companion to the History of Western Art

Submission call for Figural Diptychs: Secondary Meanings

Other artists mentioned in this episode who have been on the podcast . . .

Ep 107 – Steve Chmilar : Personally Universal

Ep 77 – Vincent Desiderio : Intellectual Equipment For Imaginative Spaces

Ep 61- Daniel Maidman : Honesty And Hope

Ep 108 – Mitch Griffiths : Big Dream Triumphs

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