"Roger Shimomura: Works on Paper"

November 8, 2014 – February 1, 2015

Study Gallery and Print Study Center

Throughout his long and distinguished career, Seattle native and Lawrence, Kansas-based artist Roger Shimomura has made prints in a style inspired by his childhood interest in comic books and the traditions of American pop art and Japanese woodcut prints. Born in 1939, Shimomura spent part of his childhood in an internment camp in Idaho during WWII, and his subsequent work as an artist explores the unique position of being seen as an outsider in one's own country.

Roger Shimomura: Works on Paper features 26 prints drawn from local and regional collections, including works from his Minidoka Snapshots and Mistaken Identity series, both of which deal with internment camp issues.

This exhibition serves as a prelude to Roger Shimomura: An American Knockoff, a retrospective exhibition organized by the Museum of Art at Washington State University that will be presented at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art Jan. 17 through March 29, 2015. This exhibition is timed to coincide with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration at Willamette University where Roger Shimomura will be the featured speaker on Jan. 23, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. in Hudson Hall at the Mary Stuart Rogers Music Center (more information).

Shimomura has been featured in more than 125 solo exhibitions, has been included in twice that many group exhibitions, has lectured at hundreds of universities and art schools, is included in more than 100 public and private collections throughout the United States, and has received numerous awards and honors, including the College Art Association’s Artist Award for the Most Distinguished Body of Work in 2002 and the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Washington in 2006; in 2011 he was designated a USA Fellow in the Visual Arts.



Roger Shimomura: An American Knockoff
January 17 - March 29, 2015
Melvin Henderson-Rubio Gallery


An American Diary
Roger Shimomura
Friday, January 23, 2015
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The Legacy of Heart Mountain
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
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Within the Silence
Presented by Living Voices and written by Ken Mochizuki
Thursday, March 5, 2015
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The Cats of Mirikitani
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
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Tuesday Gallery Talks
Starts Jan. 20, 2014 and continues through Mar. 24, 2015
Tours commence at 12:30 p.m.
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Financial support for the exhibition 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.

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