New York, NY – November 17, 2021 – RxART, the nationally operating nonprofit organization that commissions outstanding contemporary artists to transform pediatric hospital settings, is pleased to announce the addition of American artist Derrick Adams and David Lenhardt, former President & CEO of PetSmart, collector, and philanthropist, to the RxART Board of Directors.
“Along with RxART’s staff and our trustees, I am delighted to welcome Derrick and David to the Board of Directors,” RxART Founder and President Diane Brown shared. “We have had the pleasure of working with Derrick on his transformation of the pediatric emergency department at NYC Health + Hospitals/Harlem, which was installed last year. He also contributed his jubilant imagery to grace the cover and stickers of RxART’s recently released volume of Between the Lines, the RxART Coloring Book, and is generously directing proceeds from his most recent print edition to support the organization.”
“We were introduced to David Lenhardt at Frieze Los Angeles last year, just before the world as we knew it changed entirely,” continued Diane Brown. “In the past year, he has already demonstrated leadership through his introduction to Phoenix Children’s Hospital, where we are beginning a major project with an artist who we will be excited to announce soon. Both David and Derrick will provide unique and invaluable insight that will help RxART continue to evolve and expand in impactful ways. We are incredibly happy to have them involved.”
David Lenhardt shared, “I am honored and excited to join the RxART board. RxART’s mission combines two passions of mine – art and children’s health. This is such a wonderful cause where art can positively influence kids who are going through tough times medically. RxART is so uniquely positioned to make an impact on their lives through art – that’s why it is such an honor to be involved in this leadership role.”
The RxART Board of Directors also includes Neil Blumenthal, Co-Founder and Co-CEO, Warby Parker; Diane Brown, Founder and President, RxArt; Glori Cohen, Art Advisor and Collector; Michael Laven, Technology Entrepreneur; Nancy Olnick, Co-Founder, Magazzino Italian Art Foundation; TJ Parker, Co-Founder & CEO, PillPack; Rob Pruitt, Artist; Chris Salgardo, CEO of Chipican, Sofia Vergara & Cantabria Labs; and Cynthia Zabel, Head of Business Development North America, The Fine Art Group.