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“An American Diary” featuring Roger Shimomura
Start Date: 1/23/2015Start Time: 7:30 PM
End Date: 1/23/2015
Event Description
(Doors open at 7:00pm)

Join nationally-recognized artist Roger Shimomura as he surveys his career over a forty year period. Shimomura will discuss how his paintings, prints, and experimental theater pieces have been propelled by his experience in the Japanese American Internment Camps; racism faced post WWII as well as his own physical environment that has been constantly filled with his collections ranging from Walt Disney memorabilia to WWII stereotypes of Asian people. Go to: to view his work

Roger Shimomura’s paintings, prints, and theatre pieces address sociopolitical issues of ethnicity. He was born in Seattle, Washington and spent two early years of his childhood in Minidoka (Idaho), one of 10 internment camps for Japanese Americans during WWII.  Shimomura received a B.A. degree from the University of Washington, Seattle,and an M.F.A. from Syracuse University, New York. He has had over 130 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. 

He is the recipient of more than 30 grants, of which four are National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships in Painting and Performance Art. Shimomura has been a visiting artist and lectured on his work at more than 200 universities, art schools, and museums across the country. 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, he received the College Art Association Distinguished Body of Work Award. The following year, he delivered the keynote address at the 91st annual meeting of CAA in New York City. In 2003, he was a recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painting Award. In 2006, he was accorded the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the School of Arts & Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle, and five years later was one of 50 alumni to be presented with the “150th Anniversary Timeless Award.” A past winner of the Kansas Governor’s Arts Award, in 2008, he was designated the first Kansas Master Artist and the same year was honored by the Asian American Arts Alliance, N.Y.C. as "Exceptional People in Fashion, Food & the Arts." In 2011, Shimomura was designated a United States Artist Fellow in Visual Arts and the next year delivered the commencement address to Garfield High School, Seattle, his alma mater.

Shimomura began teaching at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS in 1969. In the fall of 1990, Shimomura held an appointment as the Dayton Hudson Distinguished Visiting Professor at Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota. During his teaching career at the University of Kansas, he was the first faculty member ever to be designated a University Distinguished Professor (1994), receive the Higuchi Research Prize (1998) and the Chancellor’s Club Career Teaching Award (2002). In 2004, he retired from teaching and started the Shimomura Faculty Research Support Fund, an endowment to foster faculty research in the Department of Art.

Shimomura is in the permanent collections of over 90 museums nation wide including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Museum of American Art and the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian. His personal papers and letters are being collected by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. He is represented by Flomenhaft Gallery, New York City and Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle

The “Roger Shimomura: An American Knockoff” exhibit is on display at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art from January 17 - March 2, 2015. 

Lawson Inada
In 1942, Inada, a third-generation Japanese American, and his family were sent to internment camps. Both jazz and the experience of internment are influences in Inada’s writing. Inada was appointed Oregon poet laureate in 2006. His awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, and a Creative Arts Grant from the Civil Liberties Public Education Fund. One of his poems is inscribed on a stone at the Japanese American Historical Plaza in Portland, Oregon.
Location Information:
*WU Campus - Rogers Music Center
900 State Street
Salem 97301
Phone: (503) 370-6255
Room: Hudson Concert Hall
Contact Information:
Name: Gordy Toyama
Phone: 503-370-6265
Roger Shimomura An American Diary
Admission / Ticket Info:
Free tickets available at the Putnam University Center 2nd floor (9am-4pm) beginning Jan. 23 or online at: beginning December 5th.

Capacity is limited.

Food and cash donations accepted or purchase food for the MLK Food Drive.

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