This month Denver’s Mizel Museum welcomes a new artist-in-residence from Yemin Orde Youth Village, a home, school and safe haven to 500 at-risk immigrant youth from around the world located in Mt. Carmel, Israel. Anton Antonov, a recent Yemin Orde graduate, will serve as an Israeli ambassador for the museum, taking part in numerous workshops and special events, and teaching museum visitors about Israel’s creative arts community and the pop cultural influences seen in his vibrant paintings and photographs. Antonov will create an original mural and sculpture for the museum, which will become part of its permanent collection. Visitors will be able to watch Antonov work at the museum and experience his unique flair and creativity with color and design.
Throughout the month of September, Antonov will join museum staff at community programs and events to engage the public through art, share his journey from the former Soviet Union to Israel, and discuss how his education and experience at Yemin Orde helped influence his life and art.
“It’s a gift to be supported by a museum in doing my art, which is my way to express what I think about the world,” said Antonov. “The mural that I am creating here will show my vision of life and how people can open themselves to nature, the world and to all people—this is my way of working to make the world better.”
“Anton is a young, enthusiastic artist and we are grateful to have him in Denver so that he can share his story with our community,” said Ellen Premack, Executive Director of the Mizel Museum. “We are happy to be able to give back to him a first-time experience in America.”
Antonov moved to Israel in 1996 from Belarus, part of the former Soviet Union, and arrived at Yemin Orde Youth Village without family, relatives or any knowledge of the Hebrew language. Three years later, he graduated from Yemin Orde with a firm grasp of Hebrew and confidence in himself as an Israeli. He served in a combat unit of the Israel Defense Forces and then traveled to South America to study. He is currently studying graphic design at the renowned Avni Institute of Art and Design in Tel Aviv and hopes to pursue a career in the graphic design and visual arts industry.
Yemin Orde Youth Village is a home, school and safe haven to 500 at-risk immigrant youth from around the world. Friends of Yemin Orde is the U.S.-based fundraising arm of the Village; for information visit www.yeminorde.org.