Artist Miguel Paredes Selected As Judge in Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series
Miami-based artist Miguel Paredes will be a judge in this year’s Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series that will showcase 20 visual artists in an exhibition during Art Basel Miami. Congratulations to Miguel Paredes for his continued work and support of the arts community. Press release included below with link for artists to submit work.
ARTIST MIGUEL PAREDES JOINS BOMBAY SAPPHIRE®, RUSH PHILANTHROPIC ARTS FOUNDATION AND COMPLEX MEDIA TO
LAUNCH THE SECOND ANNUAL BOMBAY SAPPHIRE ARTISAN SERIES
Miami-based Artist to Judge Regional Competition and Provide Exposure for Emerging Artists At Miguel Paredes Fine Art Gallery on October 22
20 Visual Artists Selected to Exhibit during Art Basel Miami
MIAMI, FL (June 2011) – Celebrated Miami-based pop and multi-media artist, sculptor and urban realist Miguel Paredes is pleased to announce his involvement as a judge in this year’s BOMBAY SAPPHIRE Artisan Series. The artist is set to help BOMBAY SAPPHIRE, Russell & Danny Simmons’ Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation and Complex Media launch a nationwide search to identify the finest undiscovered talent in the field of visual arts. June 8, 2011 marks the kickoff of the 2nd Annual BOMBAY SAPPHIRE Artisan Series, when the next wave of artists seeking their national breakthrough is invited to enter the competition. With the impressive range of talent showcased in last year’s program, including nearly 2,000 artist entries and over 175,000 fans from across the country voting to select their favorite works, the expectations of this year’s candidates are exceedingly high. Artists who are up to the challenge can enter by creating a piece of inspired, original art and submitting it via www.Complex.com/SapphireArt or www.facebook.com/BombaySapphire by August 31, 2011.
“The BOMBAY SAPPHIRE Artisan Series has established itself as a platform for emerging artists who seek to shape our contemporary cultural landscape—artists who look to defy boundaries with the power of their imagination,” says Russell Simmons, Chairman of GlobalGrind.com and co-founder of the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation. “With the extraordinary success of last year’s program, I am excited to see what emerges from this year’s roster of talent.”
This year, submitted work will be reviewed by the program’s esteemed panel of judges, including Rush Philanthropic Vice Chairman, Co-Founder and artist Danny Simmons, program curator Andre Guichard and other guest curators and museum heads from around the country, including cutting edge artist, Miguel Paredes.
Miguel Paredes’ involvement as a judge in The BOMBAY SAPPHIRE Artisan Series is a reflection of his ongoing philanthropic outreach to aspiring artists and art enthusiasts. His participation in Wynwood’s monthly Art Walk allows Paredes to reach potential collectors, art lovers and artists alike in a social and welcoming environment. In the coming months Paredes will use Wynwood’s 2nd Saturdays Art Walk as an avenue to search for young talent. Paredes encourages artists to take advantage of the opportunity presented with The BOMBAY SAPPHIRE Artisan Series as it allows them expose their work in a way they would not ordinarily be able to and potentially gain national exposure.
“As an artist, it is an honor to be a judge for this year’s BOMBAY SAPPHIRE Artisan Series. I am looking forward to meeting many of South Florida’s great undiscovered talents and I’m equally as excited to be a mentor and review their work,” says Paredes. “The Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation and Bombay Sapphire are providing emerging artists with an opportunity of a lifetime.”
Following the submission phase, the panel will invite select artists to display their work at a sequence of gallery exhibits and events, taking place from September through November in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Miami, New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. Two artists will be chosen from each semi-final event to compete in the finale during Art Basel Miami, recognized as one of the world’s premiere art events. Following the blockbuster Art Basel finale, co-hosted by Russell Simmons, two winners will have their work installed at Rush Arts Gallery and Resource Center in New York City for the month of February 2012.