Roger Shimomura
An American Diary

January 23, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

Hudson Concert Hall, Mary Stuart Rogers Music Center
Willamette University

Nationally renowned artist Roger Shimomura spent part of his childhood in a Japanese American internment camp during WWII. He will talk about that experience as part of Willamette University's Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration.

Shimomura, a third-generation American of Japanese descent, is lecturing on the theme of "Life interrupted, a look at displaced communities." His personal stories examine the stereotypes that have profoundly shaped his 40-year career as an artist.

Through a style that combines his childhood interest in comic books with the traditions of American pop art and Japanese woodcut prints, Shimomura uses his paintings, prints and experimental theater pieces to address a range of sociopolitical issues faced by Asian Americans.


Financial support for this event, and the Roger Shimomura: An American Knockoff exhibition at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art, has been provided by grants from the City of Salem’s Transient Occupancy Tax funds and the Oregon Arts Commission, with additional funding provided by the Willamette University Office of Multicultural Affairs.
His work is currently on view at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art