Athletes For Art Renaissance Tour Hosts Kicked-Off Exhibition at Art Basel

The Athlete For Art Exhibition was packed wall to wall with football, basketball, and skateboard pros as well as Miami’s hottest art enthusiasts and fashion designers. Noted guests were welcomed upon entrance by celebrity artist John Born, who created a live canvas painting that was auctioned for charity.Attendees of the Athlete Art Renaissance Tour (AART) included hip-hop recording artist and producer Swizz Beatz, Miami Dolphins Defensive Linemen Jared Odrick, star of the hit show “American Chopper” Paul Sr., and Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Melky Jean.

The event also featured a live auction of art pieces and sports memorabilia created and donated by pro athletes to benefit The Smile Design Foundation who’s goal it is to provide dental care for those who simply can’t afford it. Items included a signed Miami Heat jersey from former player LeBron James, and original art work from St. Louis Rams Tight End Lance Kendricks, former New York Jet Aaron Maybin, Atlanta Falcons Cornerback Rob McClain & Former NBA Star Desmond Mason, among others.

AART had a successful evening at Art Basel Miami on their worldwide tour. Next stop, New York February 12th 2015!

Athletes and Artists animate and empower our communities, the Athletes for Art Renaissance Tour aims to break the myth that one is either an athlete or artist. AART merges these two areas of influence by showcasing artwork created by athletes across a variety of mediums. Through artistic expression, AART promotes building relationships, simulating imaginations, various viewpoints, and inspiring athletes to become global ambassadors for change.


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