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Sidney Simon papers, circa 1917-2002, bulk bulk 1940-1997

Creator:
Simon, Sidney, 1917-1997  Search this
Subject:
Meredith, Burgess  Search this
Gonzalez, Xavier  Search this
King, William  Search this
Nevelson, Louise  Search this
Motherwell, Robert  Search this
Hélion, Jacqueline  Search this
Gotfryd, Bernard  Search this
Kelly, Ellsworth  Search this
Jencks, Penelope  Search this
Watson, Forbes  Search this
Pousette-Dart, Richard  Search this
Emmerich, André  Search this
United States  Search this
Century Association (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Budd (Firm : New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Graham Gallery  Search this
Colby College  Search this
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture  Search this
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Sound recordings
Transcripts
Sketchbooks
Sketches
Interviews
Illustrated letters
Diaries
Topic:
Art -- Study and teaching  Search this
Sculptors -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives  Search this
World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Pacific Area  Search this
World War, 1939-1945 -- Art and the war  Search this
Artists' studios -- New York (State) -- New York -- Photographs  Search this
Educators -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9407
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211604
AAA_collcode_simosidn
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211604
Online Media:

Sidney Simon papers

Creator:
Simon, Sidney, 1917-1997  Search this
Names:
Budd (Firm : New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Century Association (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Colby College  Search this
Graham Gallery  Search this
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts  Search this
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. School -- Faculty  Search this
United States. Army. Corps of Engineers  Search this
Emmerich, André  Search this
Gonzalez, Xavier, 1898-1993  Search this
Gotfryd, Bernard  Search this
Hélion, Jacqueline  Search this
Jencks, Penelope  Search this
Kelly, Ellsworth, 1923- -- Photographs  Search this
King, William, 1925-2015  Search this
Meredith, Burgess, 1907-1997  Search this
Motherwell, Robert -- Photographs  Search this
Nevelson, Louise, 1899-1988 -- Photographs  Search this
Pousette-Dart, Richard, 1916-1992  Search this
Watson, Forbes, 1880-1960  Search this
Extent:
8 Linear feet
2.21 Gigabytes
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Gigabytes
Photographs
Sound recordings
Transcripts
Sketchbooks
Sketches
Interviews
Illustrated letters
Diaries
Date:
circa 1917-2002
bulk 1940-1997
Summary:
The papers of sculptor, painter, and educator Sidney Simon measure 8.0 linear feet and 2.21 GB and date from circa 1917-2002, with the bulk of the papers dating from 1940-1997. The collection documents Simon's career through biographical material, correspondence, writings and notes, subject files, sketches, sketchbooks, printed and digital material, and photographs.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of sculptor, painter, and educator Sidney Simon measure 8.0 linear feet and 2.21 GB and date from circa 1917-2002, with the bulk of the papers dating from 1940-1997. The collection documents Simon's career through biographical material, correspondence, writings and notes, subject files, sketches, sketchbooks, printed and digital material, and photographs.

Biographical material chronicles Simon's academic training and professional activities through curriculum vitae, biographical accounts, and awards. Included are letters and memoranda, many from Forbes Watson pertaining to Simon's service as a combat artist in World War II. Also found is a transcript of an interview with Simon recounting his experiences in the Southwest Pacific. Simon's personal correspondence with colleagues, friends, and family includes scattered letters from Jacqueline Helion, Penelope Jencks, William King, Burgess Meredith, among others. Many letters are illustrated by Sidney Simon and others. General correspondence includes letters from artists, galleries, museums, public and religious institutions primarily relating to Simon's exhibitions and commissioned projects. Among the correspondents are Castle Hill, Truro Center for the Arts, Colby College, André Emmerich, Eric Makler Gallery, Xavier Gonzalez, Graham Gallery, and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Interspersed among the files are letters of a personal nature. Other correspondence relates to Simon's faculty positions and his activities in professional organizations, e.g., Century Association, National Academy of the Fine Arts, and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.

Writings and notes include Simon's 1943 diary entries recording his activities in the Army Corps of Engineers, draft versions of writings and lectures, and notes. Included are digital audio recordings of Simon's lectures at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Subject files provide documentation on Simon's commissioned projects, select exhibitions and competitions, as well as his faculty positions and memberships in several arts organizations. Printed material consists of clippings, invitations, announcements, newsletters, and programs. Exhibition catalogs are of Simon's solo and group shows at galleries, museums, and art organizations from 1959-1966. Photographs are of Simon by Budd Brothers, Richard Pousette-Dart, and Bernard Gotfryd. There are a number of photographs of the artist in his studio and outdoors as well as of Simon's family and friends, including group photographs with Ellsworth Kelly, André Emmerich, Robert Motherwell, and Louise Nevelson. Also found are three personal and family albums and twenty-one photograph albums of Simon's paintings and sculptures.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 9 series.

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1940-1998 (Boxes 1, 9; 0.7 linear feet)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1936-2002 (Boxes 1-2; 1.2 linear feet)

Series 3: Writings and Notes, 1943, circa 1960-1997 (Box 2; 0.4 linear feet, ER01-ER03; 2.21 GB)

Series 4: Subject Files, 1940-1941, 1951-1997 (Boxes 2-4, 9; 1.8 linear feet)

Series 5: Sketches, 1937-1942 (Box 4; 1 folder)

Series 6: Sketchbooks, 1939-1995 (Boxes 4-5, 9; 0.5 linear feet)

Series 7: Printed Material, circa 1933, 1942-1998 (Box 5; 0.3 linear feet)

Series 8: Scrapbooks, 1978-1995 (Box 5; 0.1 linear feet)

Series 9: Photographs, circa 1917-1997 (Boxes 5-11; 3.0 linear feet)
Biographical / Historical:
Sidney Simon (1917-1997) was a sculptor, painter, and educator who worked primarily in New York City and Truro, Massachusetts. Simon was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. At the age of 14, he won a place as a special student at the Carnegie Institute of Technology. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1934 and from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 1936. Simon also studied at the Barnes Foundation from 1937-1940. Simon received professional recognition early in his career; he was awarded the Prix de Rome Collaborative Prize in 1939 and the Edwin Austin Abbey Fellowship in mural painting in 1945.

In 1941, Simon enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in the Army Corps of Engineers. Assigned to MacArthur's headquarters as an official war artist for the Southwest Pacific Theater, Simon was chosen to paint the signing of the peace treaty between the U.S. and Japan aboard the U.S.S. Missouri. He was discharged from the army with a Bronze Star and five presidential citations. In 1945, along with Bill Cummings and Henry Varnum Poor, Simon co-founded the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, where he later served as a director and a member of the Board of Governors. By the mid-1950s, Simon's interest shifted from painting to sculpture, creating works in wood, clay, and other media. Over the years, Simon collaborated with architects on a number of public and private commissions, including the doorway for the Downstate Medical Center, the Jewish Chapel at West Point, a playground sculpture for Prospect Park, and the totemic column for the Temple Beth Abraham. In addition to serving on the faculty at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Simon also taught at the Art Students League, Brooklyn Museum, and Parsons School of Design. An active champion of artists' rights, Simon established the New York Artists Equity Association. He participated in solo and group shows at the Graham Gallery, Provincetown Art Association and Museum, and the Sculptors Guild, among other venues.

In 1997, Sidney Simon died at the age of 80 in Truro, Massachusetts. Simon was divorced from Joan Crowell in 1964. He is survived by his wife, Renee Adriance Simon and five children from his first and second marriages.
Related Materials:
The Archives has two oral history interviews with Sidney Simon conducted by Paul Cummings in October 17-November 8, 1973 and the Karl E. Fortress taped interviews with artists, [1963-1985].
Separated Materials:
The Archives of American Art also holds materials lent for microfilming (reel D210) including biographical material, correspondence, sketchbooks, scrapbooks, and photographs of Sidney Simon. Lent materials were returned to the lender and are not described in the collection container inventory.
Provenance:
Sidney Simon lent the Archives of American Art material for microfilming in 1965. Rene Simon, Simon's widow, donated the Sidney Simon papers in 2009.
Restrictions:
Use of original material requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Rights:
The Sidney Simon papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Occupation:
War artists  Search this
Topic:
Art -- Study and teaching  Search this
Sculptors -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives  Search this
World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Pacific Area  Search this
World War, 1939-1945 -- Art and the war  Search this
Artists' studios -- New York (State) -- New York -- Photographs  Search this
Educators -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Sound recordings
Transcripts
Sketchbooks
Sketches
Interviews
Illustrated letters
Diaries
Citation:
Sidney Simon papers, circa 1917-2002, bulk 1940-1997. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.simosidn
See more items in:
Sidney Simon papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-simosidn

Phillip Hamburger

Artist:
Penelope Jencks, born 1936  Search this
Sitter:
Philip Hamburger, 2 Jul 1914 - 23 Apr 2004  Search this
Medium:
Plaster
Dimensions:
38.1 x 26.7 x 24.1cm (15 x 10 1/2 x 9 1/2")
Type:
Sculpture
Date:
2003
Topic:
Philip Hamburger: Male  Search this
Philip Hamburger: Literature\Writer  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: Penelope Jencks
Object number:
PC991501
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Catalog of American Portraits
Data Source:
Catalog of American Portraits
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm497e47184-44ef-4363-9d59-257a3f07fb65
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_PC991501

Arthur Berger

Artist:
Penelope Jencks, born 1936  Search this
Sitter:
Arthur Berger  Search this
Medium:
Plaster
Dimensions:
25.4 x 22.9 x 25.4cm (10 x 9 x 10")
Type:
Sculpture
Topic:
Arthur Berger: Male  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: Penelope Jencks
Object number:
MA990153
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Catalog of American Portraits
Data Source:
Catalog of American Portraits
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm4a24f49a2-9b32-4c3f-84c1-bf613fb39f2f
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_MA990153

Victor Weisskopf

Artist:
Penelope Jencks, born 1936  Search this
Sitter:
Victor Frederick Weisskopf, 19 Sep 1908 - 21 Apr 2002  Search this
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
With Base: 54 x 33 x 25.4cm (21 1/4 x 13 x 10")
Type:
Sculpture
Date:
2008 cast after 1993 original
Topic:
Victor Frederick Weisskopf: Male  Search this
Victor Frederick Weisskopf: Science and Technology\Scientist\Physicist  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
NPG.2009.10
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
Copyright:
© 1993 Penelope Jencks
See more items in:
National Portrait Gallery Collection
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm46d990e26-87d3-46fd-9b43-cd85de2c2b5b
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NPG.2009.10

Penelope Jencks, 1936- [Folder]

Contents:
Folder(s) may include exhibition announcements, newspaper and/or magazine clippings, press releases, brochures, reviews, invitations, illustrations, resumes, artist's statements, exhibition catalogs.
Topic:
Artists  Search this
Location:
Art & Artist files at the Smithsonian American Art Museum/ National Portrait Gallery Library
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILAF_61658

Table V: Unanswered Question, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Jencks, Penelope 1936-  Search this
Medium:
Plaster
Type:
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Berta Walker Gallery Provincetown Massachusetts
Date:
2008
Topic:
Abstract  Search this
Figure male--Full length  Search this
Figure female--Full length  Search this
Object--Furniture--Table  Search this
Control number:
IAS 8F980083
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_474894

Danbury Family, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Jencks, Penelope 1936-  Search this
Medium:
Bronze on granite base
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Administered by Connecticut Commission on the Arts Percent for Art Program 227 Lawrence Street Hartford Connecticut 06106 Accession Number: CCA87.2/JD-48
Located at Danbury Superior Court 146 White Street Front of building Danbury Connecticut 06810
Date:
Installed April 10, 1987
Topic:
Figure group--Family  Search this
Control number:
IAS 65730005
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_295110

Samuel Eliot Morison, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Jencks, Penelope 1936-  Search this
Subject:
Morison, Samuel Eliot  Search this
Medium:
Sculpture: bronze; Base: granite
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Administered by City of Boston Office of Cultural Affairs Boston City Hall, Room 716 Boston Massachusetts 02201
Located Commonwealth Avenue Mall Between Exeter & Fairfield Streets Boston Massachusetts
Date:
1982
Topic:
Portrait male--Full length  Search this
Occupation--Education  Search this
Occupation--Transportation--Sailor  Search this
Occupation--Writer  Search this
Control number:
IAS 87740053
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_299653

Chelsea Conversation, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Jencks, Penelope 1936-  Search this
Medium:
Sculpture: bronze
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Administered by City of Chelsea Chelsea Massachusetts
Located Chelsea Square Broadway & Park Street Chelsea Massachusetts
Date:
1977-1978
Topic:
Recreation--Leisure--Conversation  Search this
Figure group  Search this
Figure female--Child--Full length  Search this
Occupation--Education--Student  Search this
Occupation--Education--Teacher  Search this
Object--Written Matter--Book  Search this
Dress--Accessory--Eye wear  Search this
Control number:
IAS 87740181
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_299780

Student, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Jencks, Penelope 1936-  Search this
Medium:
Sclulpture: bronze; Base: stone
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Administered by Brandeis University Rose Art Museum P.O. Box 9110 Waltham Massachusetts 02254
Located Brandeis University Farber Library Waltham Massachusetts 02254-9110
Date:
1986
Topic:
Figure male--Full length  Search this
Occupation--Education--Student  Search this
Recreation--Leisure  Search this
Object--Written Matter--Book  Search this
Control number:
IAS 87740291
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_299890

Pittsburgh People, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Jencks, Penelope 1936-  Search this
Medium:
Figures: bronze, painted
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Administered by Lincoln Property Management CNG Tower, 3rd Floor Pittsburgh Pennsylvania 15222
Located CNG Tower Plaza Liberty Avenue near 7th Street Pittsburgh Pennsylvania 15222
Date:
1988
Topic:
Figure group  Search this
Occupation--Other--Businessman  Search this
Performing Arts--Music--Violin  Search this
Object--Musical Instrument--Violin  Search this
Control number:
IAS PA000272
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_321183

St. Anne, (sculpture)

Title:
Saint Anne, (sculpture)
Sculptor:
Jencks, Penelope 1936-  Search this
Medium:
Sculpture: bronze; Base: granite
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
St. Anne's Church 290 Jefferson Avenue Entry courtyard Salem Massachusetts 01970
Date:
1986
Topic:
Religion--Saint--St. Anne  Search this
Religion--New Testament--Mary  Search this
Object--Written Matter--Book  Search this
Control number:
IAS MA000111
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_333478

The Family, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Jencks, Penelope 1936-  Search this
Fabricator:
Havens, James M.  Search this
Architectural firm:
Collaborative Inc.  Search this
Medium:
Figures: bronze with patina; Base: concrete and metal
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Administered by City of Toledo Arts Commission of Greater Toledo 2201 Ottawa Parkway Drive Toledo Ohio 43606
Located Portside Amphitheater Park End of Water Street Toledo Ohio
Date:
1984. Copyrighted 1984. May 17, 1984
Topic:
Figure group--Family  Search this
Control number:
IAS OH000636
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_334930

Penelope Jencks : sculpture / Boston University College of Fine Arts, School of Visual Arts

Author:
Jencks, Penelope  Search this
Boston University School of Visual Arts  Search this
808 Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Jencks, Penelope  Search this
Physical description:
47 p. : ill ; 29 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
2006
C2006
Topic:
Sculpture  Search this
Call number:
NB237.J396 A4 2006
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_840887

Eleanor Roosevelt, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Jencks, Penelope 1936-  Search this
Assistant:
Cavanaugh, Michael  Search this
Founder:
Paul King Foundry  Search this
Subject:
Roosevelt, Eleanor  Search this
Roosevelt, Phoebe  Search this
Medium:
Figure: bronze; Boulder: granite
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Riverside Park Riverside Drive & 72nd Street New York New York
Date:
Modeled 1995. Dedicated Oct. 5, 1996
Topic:
Portrait female--Full length  Search this
Portrait female  Search this
Occupation--Political--First Lady  Search this
Control number:
IAS 71500318
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_23934

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