Ani Collier is Semi-Finalist in Bombay Sapphire's Artisan Series
TOWERING CONTRAST DIGITAL COLLAGE BY ANI COLLIER SELECTED AS A SEMI-FINALIST IN BOMBAY SAPPHIRE’S ARTISAN SERIES
GAINESVILLE, Fla, Aug. 21, 2017 – Black C Art Gallery is pleased to announce that Towering Contrast (2014), a digital collage by Ani Collier from her NY Series, has been selected as a semi-finalist for Bombay Sapphire’s Artisan Series competition. The work was chosen by a panel of judges that includes local and nationally recognized curators, artists, gallery owners and collectors, which had been vetted and selected by Artsy.
The Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series is a national search to discover the next class of great emerging visual artists. Created in partnership with Danny Simmons’ Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, the Artisan Series, an art competition, has offered under-represented artists a national platform to showcase their work since 2009. The goal of the Artisan Series is to provide emerging artists with an international platform to showcase their work to a broader audience and demonstrates Bombay’s commitment to artistry. Now in its eighth year, the Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series is partnering with Artsy and SCOPE Art Fair to help share artists’ work with more curators, collectors, and art enthusiasts.
Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation (Rush Arts) is dedicated to providing underserved youth with contemporary art education, and developing and supporting artists, curators, and new audiences. Rush was founded in 1995 by three brothers: Danny Simmons, visual artist and community builder; media mogul Russell Simmons; and Joseph “Rev. Run” Simmons of the legendary hip-hop group RunDMC. Their goal was to fill the gap that the disenfranchised and people of color faced in both accessing the arts and exhibition opportunities. Over the past 20 years, Rush has been able to develop two program areas – Rush Education, which supports art programs for youth, and Rush Arts Galleries, which supports and features emerging artists nationwide.