Center for Asian American Studies
Center for Asian American Studies

Lectures in Art and Diaspora: Asian in America - Roger Shimomura

"An American Diary"

Tue, October 20, 2009 | Blanton Auditorium

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

“Minidoka On My Mind” at Greg Kucera Gallery
“Minidoka On My Mind” at Greg Kucera Gallery

A lecture presented by Roger Shimomura - Artist & Distinguished Professor of Art Emeritus, School of Fine Arts - University of Kansas

"An American Diary" is a 60-minute PowerPoint survey of his paintings, prints, and experimental theatre pieces that span a 40-year career.  The talk illustrates how this work has been propelled by various historical and political events as well as his own physical environment that has been constantly filled with his collections ranging from Walt Disney memorabilia to World War II stereotypes of Asian people.

Open to the public. Kindly RSVP to Kenyatta Y. Dawson at

Roger Shimomura
Roger Shimomura's paintings, prints, and theatre pieces address sociopolitical issues of Asian America and have often been inspired by diaries kept by his late immigrant grandmother for 56 years of her life.

Shimomura received his B.A. from the University of Washington, Seattle, and his M.F.A. from Syracuse University, New York. 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. He is the recipient of more than 30 grants, of which 4 are National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships in Painting and Performance 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.”

Sponsored by: Center for Asian American Studies, Department of Art + Art History: Lectures in the Black Diaspora, The Institute for Historical Studies, and the Blanton Museum of Art

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