Bombay Sapphire® Artisan Series 2015

September 17 - December 13, 2015

The Bombay Sapphire® Artisan Series, now in its sixth year, is an annual competition co-presented by Bombay Sapphire® and Russell and Danny Simmons' Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation. The goal of the series is to provide exposure for artists of nearly all visual mediums, allowing them to compete for the chance to have their work showcased at the grand finale event during SCOPE Miami Beach. One artist will receive a grand prize solo exhibit at SCOPE NYC. The top three winning artists from the finale will receive a stipend to help create a mural in their hometown and give back to their communities

The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History hosted the Detroit area competition for the fourth consecutive year, receiving the highest number of submissions since the program came to The Wright. Twenty-three pieces were selected for inclusion in the competition and exhibition in the museum's Contemporary Artists Gallery. The opening reception was Thursday, September 17, 2015, where local artist Michael Horner's painting, "Do You See What I See," was selected as the regional winner.


The Wright Museum is grateful to the Bombay Sapphire® Artisan Series and the Russell and Danny Simmons’ Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation for bringing this extraordinary project to the Metropolitan Detroit area.

The Bombay Sapphire® Artisan Series 2015 exhibition is free with museum admission.

2015 Artisans; works are available for purchase - for more information call (313) 494-5818:

Valencia Brockington, "Burdened Branches"; Latex Paint, 40” x 30”

Barbara Brown King, "Women of Sorrow"; Oil on Canvas, 31 ½” x 33”

Kevin Davidson, "Elrita’s Jazz Solo"; Acrylic, 48” x 36”

Anthony Dedakis, "Mountainscape"; Oil on Cotton Canvas, 24” x 36”

Stephanie Hill-Ross, "The Bullfighter"; Digital Watercolor, 20” x 22”

Michael Horner, "Do You See What I See?"; Mixed Media on Canvas, 42” x 51”

Gregory Johnson, "Sentinels"; Watercolor, 40” x 52” 

Desiree Kelly, "Camus"; Oil on Canvas, 6’ x 4’

Bowen Kline, "Black and Blue"; Oil on Canvas, 26.5” x 26.5”

Rickey Lewis, "Power Struggle"; Oil Painting on Canvas, 48” x 36”

Eileen Monteiro, "Calla Garden"; Watercolor, 29” x 22”

Sabrina Nelson, "SHE ROCKS, WE ROCK"; Acrylic, 20” x 20”

Ash Nowak, "Turquoise"; Encaustic, 24” x 24”

Ndubisi Okoye, "Serena Nike x #blacklivesmatter"; Mixed Media, 18” x 24”

Jon Parlangeli, "Erector Set"; Mixed Media on Canvas, 48” x 48”

Paolo Pedini, "Exit Portrait"; Mixed Media, 48” x 48”

Mark Piotrowski, "CasCade"; Enamel on Shaped Panel, 63” x 48”

Darren Pollard, "800 Pound Guerrilla"; Mixed Media, 48” x 36”

Tylonn Sawyer, "Congregation: MLK"; Oil on Canvas, 120” x 48”

Anna Schaap, "She Gave Me Nothing"; Oil and Caulk on Canvas, 36” x 36”

Dwight Smith, "Death of a Sparrow"; Goncalo Alves and Walnut on Marble, 12” x 23” x 10”

Lorraine Wesley Tyler, "Favorite Pastime"; Mixed Media, 27” x 22”

Ruby Wright, "African Pride"; Digital Photograph, 24” x 36”