Russell Simmons and Danny Simmons’ RUSH Philanthropic Arts Foundation joined with BOMBAY SAPPHIRE Gin to announce Philadelphia-based artist, Darius Frank as the Grand Prize Winner of the
7th Annual BOMBAY SAPPHIRE Artisan Series. Hosted on the rooftop of the transformed garage space at 11 11 Lincoln Rd, celebrities A$AP Rocky, Rosario Dawson, Sasha Lane (American Honey), model Nicole Banner, Rocky Barnes, Shepard Fairey, Timo Weiland, Kristen Taekman, celebrity chef Travis London, and a host of artists, musicians, and socialities attended the private event featuring free flowing BOMBAY SAPPHIRE cocktails and a guest DJ set by super producer Jermaine Dupri.
The event culminated the annual arts competition launched in 2010 as a collaboration between Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation and Bombay Sapphire to uncover the next big name in visual arts. Selected out of thousands of online submissions and a series of regional gallery events across the US and Canada, the
works of 14 artists and two finalists determined by online votes were showcased at the finale event. Grand prize winner, Darius Frank
will move on to collaborate with New York based non-profit arts
organization, Creative Time, on a groundbreaking public arts project
scheduled to be unveiled in Spring 2017 and to include a solo exhibition at
next year’s SCOPE Miami Beach. The two online winners were First Place Prize Winner Jimmy Jenkins Jr. and People’s Choice Winner Ivan Alifan.
Photo caption: Andre Guichard, Danny Simmons, Darius Frank, & Russell Simmons at the 7th Annual Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series Finale