Danny Simmons

Founder and President, Rush Art Gallery
Danny Simmons Jr. is an abstract painter from Queens, NY, who once coined his particular style of painting "neo-African."

Simmons's works appear in prominent locales around the globe, including Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn Museum, Chase Manhattan Bank, Deutsche Bank, Schomburg Center for Black Culture, the Smithsonian, and the United Nations. His work has been shown internationally in France, Amsterdam, and Ghana. In 2015, he will serve as a scholarly consultant for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) in Washington, DC.

Simmons brings an equal passion to the written word, having penned the critically acclaimed Three Days as the Crow Flies and I Dreamed My People Were Calling But I Couldn't Find My Way Home. His most recent release, Deep in Your Best Reflection, is a compilation of real-life texts.

Danny Simmons also played an instrumental role in the nation's rekindled love for poetry as co-creator and producer of the hit HBO show Def Poetry Jam, a weekly TV series that exhibited an eclectic blend of old-school poets (such as legendary expressionists Nikki Giovanni and Amiri Baraka) and new-school poets. Def Poetry is now offered as an elective at the University of Wisconsin. Simmons also won a Tony Award for the Broadway version of the show.