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Juror of Awards -108th Annual Exhibition

John Simko, an editor, writer, and historian, will serve as the awards juror for the 108th annual exhibition of the Allied Artists of America, which is slated to open to the public on Sept. 2, 2021 at the historic Salmagundi Club, 47 Fifth Ave. (between West 12th and West 11th streets).

Simko has designed and presented art, architecture, and history tours on both sides of the Hudson River for organizations including the New-York Historical Society, the Nutley Historical Society, the New York Transit Museum, the Museum of the City of New York, and the Municipal Art Society of New York.

He is a senior guide at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in Morningside Heights, where he has designed and led tours for more than twenty-five years. He was interviewed for Blueprint NYC: St. John the Divine, a 2017 episode in a television series produced by NYC Media and Entertainment. Simko is the director of the Nutley Museum in Nutley, New Jersey, and a member of Nutley’s Historic Preservation Committee.

Details regarding the Allied Artists of America’s 2021 exhibition can be found on the organization’s website (

M. Gabriele

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