Roger Shimomura Bio


Wonder Woman, Acrylic on canvas, 24” x 24″

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 concentration 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. Among his many awards is being named a U.S. Fellow in Visual Arts, a Joan Mitchell painting award, and being named a Distinguished Alumnus from the University of Washington. In 2003 he delivered the keynote address to the 91st annual meeting of the College Art Conference in N.Y.C. He was the first faculty member at the University of Kansas, where he taught for 35 years, to be awarded a Higuchi Research Prize , Chancellor’s Club Teaching Award and designated a Distinguished Professor in Fine Arts.

His work is in the permanent collections of over 125 museums. His personal papers and letters are being collected b the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC.

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