Tonia is writing a book, entitled “The Art of Symeon Shimin.” In addition to being fiscally sponsored by us for this project, she is also being mentored through us. Tonia discusses her involvement with Julie McLeod founder of AWoL.
As one of the first people to welcome me when first arriving to teach at UCSB in 1980, Julie and I have shared many hours of dance including a piece she choreographed for me called Amelia. As a friend, and colleague her energy, devotion to dance and helping foster all things creative has always been inspiring. I have been thrilled to see the development of AWOL and am so happy to be newly connected as a mentee for my project of publishing an art book on the work of my father, Symeon Shimin, for which AWOL will give fiscal sponsorship.
My father Symeon Shimin, a Russian born Jewish artist had a deep involvement with justice and the human condition throughout his life, which were paramount to the way he lived and painted. He was known and appreciated in the art world of his time but as yet there is no book devoted to his contribution that is available for art students, art historians and the general public. This plan to create such a book will bring his meaningful and unique contribution into focus that will otherwise be lost.