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YUKO SHIMIZU (清水裕子) is a Japanese illustrator based in New York City and instructor at School of Visual Arts.  Newsweek Japan has chosen Yuko as one of “100 Japanese People The World Respects(世界が尊敬する日本人100)” in 2009. Her first self-titled monograph was released world-wide from German publisher Gestalten in 2011. The first childrens book Barbed Wire Baseball (written by Marissa Moss) came out from Abrams in April, 2013.

You may have seen her work on The Gap T-shirts, Pepsi cans,  VISA billboards, Microsoft and Target ads, as well as on the book covers of Penguin, Scholastic, DC Comics, and on the pages of NY Times, Time, Rolling Stone, New Yorker and  in many other publications over last ten years.

But illustration is actually Yuko’s second career.  Although art has always been her passion, she had initially chosen a more practical path of studying advertising and marketing at Waseda University and took a job in corporate PR in Tokyo. It never quite made her happy. At age 22, she was in mid-life crisis.

Yuko ended up working the corporate job for 11 years, so she could figure out what she really wanted in life, as well as to save up just enough to play a biggest gamble of her life: She moved to New York City in 1999, where she briefly spent her childhood, to study art for the first time. Yuko graduated with MFA from SVA’s Illustration as Visual Essay Program in 2003 and  has been illustrating since.  She has also been teaching the next generation of talents at the alma mater.

She works at her studio in midtown Manhattan, and fulfills her passion of world travel by giving lectures and workshops around the world and various cities in the US. She has not gotten into mid-life crisis since she has became an artist.

Please do not mix her up with another Yuko Shimizu. This Yuko did NOT create Hello Kitty.



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I am a Japanese graphic designer and illustrator with a specialization in typography, packaging design and illustrating. I graduated with a BFA of Graphic Design from the School of Visual Arts in New York City in 2010.

I have recently taken in on freelancing full time, focusing on both graphic design and illustration projects for clients such as Shiseido, Spotify and personal commissions. I currently reside in New York City with my french bulldog Momo.


Daniel Sierra explores the varying elemental and scientific aesthetics of the wave in his short animated thesis entitled “OSCILLATE”.


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Digital artist looking to create immersive digital environments and experiences through the combination of sound, music, and visuals.

Whether it is real-time media or linear animation, I will pool together my experience with animation, programming, computer graphics and digital sound synthesis where necessary to help deliver a memorable experience.


“The Manhattan Project”

By: Cameron Michael

This time-lapse production has been a wild and exhilarating ride, with a lot of physical work lugging my 120-130 pounds of gear around all of Manhattan. I bended (broke) some laws and made a ton of friends.




Turning a Retirement Into a Hiatus

Alessandra Ferri Returns to the Stage in “Cheri”

The ballerina Alessandra Ferri, left, has ended her retirement to join Herman Cornejo, right, in Martha Clarke’s interdisciplinary work “Chéri,” at the Signature Theater.

Alessandra Ferri is a retired Italian prima ballerina assoluta. She danced with the Royal Ballet, American Ballet Theatre and La Scala Theatre Ballet and as an international guest artist, before retiring on 10 August 2007, aged 44.

foto:  Sara Krulwich/The New York Times



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As an artist I am interested in what has proven to be the most complex puzzle, the epitome of emergence, the deepest well our sciences have examined; the brain. The instantiation of form and function united, from the molecular to the level of Neuroscience as a discipline, my work seeks to address the beliefs, theories and findings of the biological phenomenon of consciousness. Beginning with biological form or data, my work departs into the world of aesthetics as I manipulate the idea through the use of scale, metaphor, material and form. Unlike articles and raw data, scientific ideas in the form of art inherently demand subjective judgment and interpretation, and my goal as a science-based artist is to provide my viewer an alternative way to understand the wonders of biology we have discovered in ourselves.