A glass frame with black borders encases a piece of broken plywood.
Depicted on the wood: A black figure lying on the floor, while more than 30 squiggly figures walk past, unfazed.
artwork was done by Purvis Young, the Overtown artist whose work has
garnered national accolades for its depiction of everyday life in the
The latest venue for Young’s collection?
Camillus House, the downtown Miami shelter that has been helping the
homeless for more than 50 years. The John S. and James L. Knight
Foundation, along with the Rubell Family Collection and other private
donors, raised $60,000 to help purchase originals and copies of Purvis
Young’s pieces, which are now adorning Camillus House’s halls, rooms and
“It’s a great opportunity for us to weave the arts
into the fabric of the community,” said Dennis Scholl, vice president
of the arts at the Knight Foundation. “And it really reinforces to me
the value of identifying hometown artistic heroes and making sure they
have a place in their own neighborhood.”