In this episode, Eric sits down with art collector and patron of African American art; Dr. Joy Simmons who describes her journey of discovering art at a young age while in Medical school. They explore her passion for collecting and supporting African-American artists.
Guest Bio: A radiologist at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center for 37 years, Joy masterfully juggles her passion for patients with her love of art. She has been an avid collector of contemporary African-American art for three decades. A committed supporter of AfricanAmerican artists, she is a passionate advocate of arts patronage and civic engagement. In addition to serving on boards for Santa Monica Museum of Art (SMMoA), Stanford University, and The Mistake Room, her extensive and growing collection has been featured in exhibitions around the world from the Tate Modern in London to California African American Museum in Los Angeles. Furthermore, her eye for spotting talent has earned her recognition in NY Magazine’s The Cut, W Magazine, Ebony Magazine, and The Wall Street Journal. Whether traveling to Cuba, Berlin or Harlem to visit artists’ studios and art biennials, Joy is deeply committed to supporting the work of both established and emerging African-American artists. Joy is currently working as the Senior Art and Exhibition Advisor for Destination Crenshaw.