Since 2010, Bombay Sapphire Gin and Russell and Danny Simmons’ Rush Arts Foundation have partnered to present a valuable showcase opportunity for emerging artists from all over the country. Artists who are 21 or older are invited to submit a photo of any visual art format (except film) to BombayArtisan.com for consideration by a panel of contemporary judges. The winners from 10 regional events and the two artists chosen from online submissions, each receive a trip to attend SCOPE Miami Beach, where judges choose the top three works. The top three contestants get to participate in the Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series Mural Project, and the Grand Prize winner gets a solo exhibit at SCOPE New York.
Russell Simmons says of the program, “Both Bombay and Rush felt the need to use their resources to help others achieve their goals. It’s not unusual for organizations to team up and share resources to achieve a greater good. Art enriches the lives of whoever is brought to it. The partnership with Bombay has allowed both organizations to deepen their reach into the art community and touch larger audiences of artists and the public audience.”