Renowned artist Danny Simmons founded Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, along with his famous brothers, Russell Simmons and Joseph â€œRev. Runâ€ Simmons, in 1995 to give opportunity to underrepresented artists. After the 15 years, the mission has not changed. The 501c3 organization, in partnership with Bombay Sapphire, created the Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series, a nationwide search for the next superstars in the art world. This yearâ€™s winners were announced at Art Basel Miami last fall: New York artists Miguel Ovalle and Lerone Wilson.
â€œHaving my work recognized at one of the largest art fairs in the world is truly an incredible honor,â€ says Ovalle. â€œThis level of exposure is indispensable when you are based in one of the worldâ€™s most stimulating art communities,â€ adds Wilson.
The two winnersâ€™ works are on exhibition at the Rush Arts Gallery until March 16th, 2012. 526 W. 26th St. 212- 691-9552. rushartsgallery.org—Isoul H. Harris