Painter Ayana Ross
Winner of 2021 Bennett Prize goes to Ayana Ross
Painter Ayana Ross of McDonough, Georgia was the winner of the prestigious 2021 Bennett Prize, a prize offered solely to women figurative painters. Ms. Ross says her work explores identity and cultural awareness in the everyday lives of African Americans in the American South.
The Bennett Prize is the largest prize offered solely to women figurative painters. Patrick Moore, one of four jurors and Director of The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh says her work creates story fragments that invite viewers to insert themselves and see their own experiences in her work.
In fact, what attracted me to the winning painting is that I can see me and my sisters in childhood dressed ready to leave for Sunday School with my Dad.