About Mike Shinoda
Michael Kenji Shinoda is a Japanese American musician, record producer and artist from Agoura Hills, California. He is best known for his vocal and musical endeavors with two-time Grammy winning, multi-platinum rock band Linkin Park. Shinoda also oversees the packaging, print and online art for the band. He is also involved in other projects including Fort Minor, Music For Relief, and Projekt Revolution.
Shinoda was the youngest of his graduating class from Art Center College of Design in 1998, with a B.A. in Illustration. He has had a hand in most artistic facets of Linkin Park’s imagery, including album artwork, band merchandise, web design and on-stage production art. In his off time, he has worked with popular brands like DC Shoes and Kid Robot to design custom products for charity.
In 2004, Shinoda founded the Michael K. Shinoda Endowed Scholarship at the Art Center College of Design, a fund created to benefit promising illustration and graphic design students with financial need. The first recipient was granted a scholarship in 2006. Proceeds from his artwork and merchandise benefit this scholarship. Also in 2004, Shinoda broke through with his first show, Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles. The show, entitled Diamonds, Spades, Hearts, and Clubs, featured collaborative artwork with Gary Baseman, graffiti artist SEEN, DALEK, Greg “Craola” Simkins, and Linkin Park’s Mr. Hahn. His first museum show Glorious Excess (Born) opened in 2008 at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, and in 2010, Shinoda will be curating a collaborative group show in New York City. Shinoda is also a featured member of The Seventh Letter’s Known Gallery. For more information about the artist, please visit mikeshinoda.com.
About the Japanese American National Museum
The Japanese American National Museum is dedicated to fostering greater understanding and appreciation for America’s ethnic and cultural diversity by preserving and telling the stories of Americans of Japanese ancestry. Since its incorporation in 1985, the National Museum has grown into an internationally recognized institution, presenting award-winning exhibitions, groundbreaking traveling exhibits, educational public programs, innovative video documentaries and cutting-edge curriculum guides. The National Museum raised close to $60 million to renovate an historic building in 1992 and open a state-of-the-art Pavilion in Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo Historic District in 1999. There are now members and donors representing all 50 states and 18 countries.
The Japanese American National Museum is located at 369 East First Street in the historic Little Tokyo district section of Los Angeles. For more information, call (213) 625-0414 or visit http://www.janm.org. National Museum hours are Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday: 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Thursday 12 Noon to 8:00 p.m. Admission is $9.00 for adults, $6.00 for seniors; $5.00 for students and children; free for Museum members and children under age six. Admission is free to everyone on Thursdays from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. and every third Thursday of the month from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Closed Mondays, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. Final visitor admissions take place thirty minutes before closing.