Yuko Shimazu Yuko Shimazu Yuko Shimizu

Award winning Japanese illustrator based in New York City and instructor at School of Visual Arts.

Exhibition / Group Show
starting October 16, 2020

Imagine Freedom at Norman Rockwell Museum

  • Where:

    Norman Rockwell Museum 9 Route 183 Stockbridge, MA 01262 413-298-4100 x 221
  • When:

    starting October 16, 2020
  • Etc:

    The Unity Project is an initiative taken by Norman Rockwell Museum to inspire Americans to vote in the 2020 presidential election.
    The museum has commissioned six working illustrators to each create a poster to encourage citizens to go vote.
    All the posters are exhibited at the museum as a part of Imagine Freedom exhibit.

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Exhibition
July 9 – October 4, 2020

Interactive exhibit at ARTECHOUSE D.C.

  • Where:

    ARTECHOUSE DC: 1238 Maryland Ave. SW, Washington, DC 20024
  • When:

    July 9 – October 4, 2020
  • Etc:

    Hanami: Beyond the Blooms pushes the limits of the cherry blossom experience, inviting visitors to enter an immersive world of spring re-imagined. Now an annual tradition, ARTECHOUSE’s cherry blossom-inspired installation continues to celebrate springtime and women in the arts and tech. This seasonal installation continues with the 2020 ARTECHOUSE theme of exploring the role of science in art and technology. 

    A centuries-old Japanese tradition of blossom viewing takes on a whole new abstract interpretive meaning as hand-made ink illustrations by Yuko Shimizu are transformed digitally to follow vibrant cherry blossom flowers on an exciting and interactive journey through land, sea, and air.

    Hanami: Beyond the Blooms transports visitors into a new tale of spring as they contemplate the renewal and chaos of the season, engage with centuries-old traditions and explore the interconnectedness of the natural world. Shimizu’s vivid illustrations are brought to life with cutting-edge interactivity, as powerful winds sweep flowers across the sky, birds take flight, and vibrant petals fall gently. Traditional taiko drums give way to surreal paths of hand-illustrated cherry blossom trees and a Japanese-inspired environment where visitors can welcome spring. Hanami beautifully shows how technology and code can combine seamlessly with illustration and nature to breathe new life into this familiar time of year, allowing visitors to enjoy the thrills and beauty of a seasonal phenomenon beyond its limited organic time-span.”

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Conference / Lecture
March 7, 2020

speaking at TOCA ME design conference in Munich, Germany

  • Where:

    Munich, Germany
  • When:

    March 7, 2020
  • Etc:

    I am happy to announce my participation at TOCA ME Design Conference, a one day event in Munich, Germany.
    Tickets are now available.

    “TOCA ME is Spanish and means ‘touch me’. From getting in touch with people, to touch someone on an emo­tion­al level as well as in the lit­eral sense. Touching as the ultimate form of communication.In 2003, after several years in the ad­ver­tis­ing and design industry, Nina Steenackers, Thorsten and Ron Iberl teamed up and founded the TOCA ME design studio in Munich.”

     

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Competition
January 31 – February 8, 2020

judging the world’s biggest short film festival in Clermont-Ferrand, France

  • Where:

    Clermont Ferrand, France
  • When:

    January 31 – February 8, 2020
  • Etc:

    UPDATES: you can now watch the selection of award winning films online, up to March 8, 2020
    I am invited as one of the jury members in this year’s Clermont_Ferrand International Short Film Festival, which is the world’s largest short film festival, held every year in this small city in central France.

    There were over 9,000 films entered into the festival. International, which is my category, has 80 films, all will be screened throughout the week. And I will be illustrating next year’s festival poster.

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Exhibition / Group Show
January 8 – February 1, 2020

Illustrators 62 annual competition exhibition

Conference / Lecture
November 29 – December 1, 2019

speaking at PIXEL SHOW in Sao Paulo, Brazil

  • Where:

    Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • When:

    November 29 – December 1, 2019
  • Etc:

    I will be speaking at PIXEL SHOW, a large scale design festival in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Coming to Sao Paulo for the first time ever. Also, my partner in crime, Marcos Chin, is also coming to speak at the same event.
    Very excited. See you soon!

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Lecture / Panel Discussion / Product Release Party / Signing
October 5, 2019

Masters of Comics event at the Society of Illustrators

  • Where:

    Society of Illustrators: 128 E 63rd St, NYC 10065
  • When:

    Saturday, October 5, 2019 8-11PM
  • Etc:

    I don’t do events often in NY area, but I will be participating in this fun event during NY ComicCon.
    Tickets: $20 Non-members | $15 Members | $10 Seniors/students (Undergrad with valid ID)

    “Tripwire’s editor-in-chief Joel Meadows has spent the last three decades covering the best in comics and genre, and Masters Of Comics is a book that takes a look at the studios and work practices of the world’s finest comic artists and illustrators. This talk and signing will feature a selection of the artists featured in the book including Rafael Albuquerque (American Vampire, Eight), Bill Sienkiewicz (Legion TV show, Elektra Assassin), Yuko Shimuzu (The Unwritten, New York Times) and Walter Simonson (Ragnarok, Thor, Manhunter), Dan Panosian (cover artist 100 Bullets, The Punisher), and Dave Johnson (artist, X-Men, Logan) talking about their working practices and their studios.”

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Conference / Lecture / Workshop
September 23 – 28, 2019

speaking at Trojan Horse was a Unicorn (THU) 2019

  • Where:

    Valletta, Malta
  • When:

    September 23 – 28, 2019
  • Etc:

    I will be a guest speaker (ahem, called a “Knight”) at a multifaceted art festival Trojan Horse was a Unicorn (THU), which will take place for five days in Valletta, in the southern island nation of Malta.
    Tickets are now available. Hope you can come join and have fun time together.  I am super excited about this, and hope you are too!

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Class / free event / Workshop
July 17, 2019

Creative Mornings x Skillshare evening drawing workshop

Exhibition / Group Show
March 26 – June 8, 2019

Illuminated Editions: Classic Books, Reimagined Through Illustration

  • Where:

    The Society of Illustrators, 128 E 63rd St, New York, NY 10065
  • When:

    March 26 – June 8, 2019
  • Etc:

    My original drawings for The Fairy tales of Oscar Wilde will be shown alongside originals by Bill Sienkiewicz and Paul Pope, three launch projects from indie publisher Beehive Books of Philadelphia.

    “Like many high-end small press publishers of the 18th and 19th century, Beehive Books takes a community-based subscription approach to funding their projects: each book is paid for via a crowdfunding campaign. This pre-funding mechanism allows Beehive to take a highly experimental, author- and artist-driven approach to publishing, including taking on projects far off the beaten track of book trade distribution. In Illuminated Editions, this enables them to select books based on the passions of their contributors, including forthcoming editions by lesser known authors like Margaret Cavendish, David Lindsay, and even Blackwood. 

    The artwork for three launch projects is on display until June in the MoCCA Gallery at the Society of Illustrators. The Illuminated Editions project continues, with forthcoming editions of Fyodor Dostoevsky’s CRIME AND PUNISHMENT, illustrated by Dave McKean, J.M. Barrie’s PETER PAN, illustrated by Brecht Evens, and Margaret Cavendish’s THE BLAZING WORLD, illustrated by Rebekka Dunlap. This collective adventure in illustration, design, and publishing has only just begun…

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