$1 million worth of works by Purvis Young. Rubell Family Collection donates $1 million worth of works from Miami folk artist Purvis Young to Morehouse College, considered the best college in the nation for educating African Americans. Morehouse officials are expected to announce the gift soon, the single largest art donation ever to the all-male historically black college.
The collection is 109 paintings donated by the Rubell Family Collection. In 2000, the organization bought everything Young produced from 1985-1999 with the purpose of donating it to places across the country that can display the pieces to the public.
Young lives in Overtown, one of the most impoverished neighborhoods in Miami. There he uses found objects like cardboard, refrigerator doors, fabric and cars to craft brightly colored works on poverty, drugs and crime.
Rubell Family Collection
95 NW 29th Street
Miami, FL 33127