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Roger Shimomura (1939- ) is a painter, printmaker, and performance artist in Lawrence, Kan.

Shimomura was born in Seattle, Wash., a third generation Japanese American (Sansei). Received a B.A. in Graphic Design from the University of Washington, 1961, and M.F.A. in painting from Syracuse University, 1969. Served as an officer in the United States Army, 1962-1965. Since 1969, a member of the faculty of the University of Kansas Department of Art.

Shimomura was active in the Japanese American redress movement in the 1970s. His work since the 1970s has combined American popular imagery with the Japanese ukiyo-e tradtion.

From the description of Roger Shimomura papers, 1965-1990. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 81618500

Roger Shimomura (b. 1939) is a Japanese-American painter, printmaker, performance artist, and teacher who has worked primarily in Kansas since 1969.

Roger Shimomura was born in 1939 in Seattle, Washington. He was a third generation Japanese-American and received his B.A. in Graphic Design from the University of Washington in 1961, and a M.F.A. in Painting from Syracuse University in 1969. Shimomura spent two childhood years in one of 10 concentration camps for Japanese-Americans during WWII, and later served as an officer in the United States Army from 1962 to 1965. He was active in the Japanese-American redress movement in the 1970s. Since the 1970s, Shimomura's work has combined American popular imagery with the Japanese ukiyo-e tradition.

He has had over 125 solo exhibitions of paintings and prints, as well as presented his experimental theater pieces at such venues as the Franklin Furnace, New York City, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, and The Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. Shimomura has been a visiting artist and lectured on his work at more than 200 universities, art schools, and museums across the country. Shimomura began teaching at the University of Kansas' Department of Art in 1969 and worked there until his retirement in 2004. At that time he started the Shimomura Faculty Research Support Fund, an endowment to foster faculty research in the Department of Art. Throughout his career, Shimomura has had numerous exhibitions and experimental theater pieces on a national level. In 1999, the Seattle Urban League designated a scholarship in his name that has been awarded annually to a Seattle resident pursuing a career in art. In 2002, the College Art Association presented him with the ??Artist Award for Most Distinguished Body of Work,?? for his 4 year, 12-museum national tour of the painting exhibition, ??An American Diary.?? Shimomura continues to live and work in Kansas.

From the guide to the Roger Shimomura papers, 1965-1990, (Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution)

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referencedIn Shimomura, Roger : [miscellaneous ephemeral material]. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
creatorOf Roger Shimomura papers, 1965-1990 Archives of American Art
creatorOf Shimomura, Roger, 1939-. Roger Shimomura papers, 1965-1990. Archives of American Art
creatorOf Shimomura, Roger, 1939-. Artist file. Brooklyn Museum Libraries & Archives
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associatedWith Hughes, Jonathan R. T. person
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Performance art
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Performance artists
Painting, Modern--20th century
Art--Study and teaching--Kansas--Lawrence
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Japanese Americans
Japanese Americans--Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945
Asian American artists
Art--Study and teaching
Japanese American painting
Performance art--United States


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