The Passing of Professor Emeritus Phillips Simkin
The Department of Performing and Fine Arts mourns the passing of Professor Emeritus Phillips Simkin, a long time Professor of Sculpture at York College and a Philadelphia artist who created installations using his humorous and sardonic artistic vision. He passed away Tuesday, Nov. 26, of congestive heart failure at his home. In 1973, he joined the York College faculty as a full professor, teaching two- and three-dimensional design, computer graphics, and printmaking.
As a conceptual public performance sculptor since 1968, he has enacted site-specific commissioned installations across the country at venues in San Francisco, Bremen, Wash., Saint Louis, Albany, Lake Placid, NY “as an official performance sculptural installation on frozen Mirror Lake during the 1980 XIII Winter Olympics,” Boston, West Virginia, Maryland, Philadelphia, Lewiston, NY at Art Park as well as in numerous unique exhibitions of his conceptual and enacted projects. Surviving are his wife, the former Lois Johnson, a printmaker, and a sister.
The funeral was held Thursday, Dec. 5. Contributions may be sent to the Alzheimer's Association Delaware Valley Chapter, 399 Market St., Suite 102, Philadelphia 19106.