Linden Labs have endowed the arts in Second Life (SL), called (you guessed it!) Linden Endowment for the Arts (LEA). The artists who have displayed their art in the LEA Sandbox Self-Curation Gallery and won the admiration of the LEA board, which voted on their work, then the administrator approaches that artiste, and they are offered a quarter sim for three months!
This patronage by Linden Labs has opened up a whole new aspect to the art in SL! I happened to be In-World this afternoon when Tyrehl Byk's announcement came over the Art and Artist Network that his "Catharsis" was open for viewing and it would only be open for 24 minutes! This is an absolute must see!
When you are In-World, search LEA under places you will find many sims and they are named LEA6, LEA 8, etc. A description is on the teleport page and if it appeals to you definitely go and check it out!
I have added the LEA blog to my blog roll! Enjoy the new and innovative Second Life art!