Roger Shimomura

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Roger Shimomura
Roger Shimomura 01.jpg
Shimomura in 2009
Born 1939
Seattle, Washington
Alma mater University of Washington;
Syracuse University

Roger Shimomura (born 1939 in Seattle, Washington) is an American artist and a retired professor at the University of Kansas, having taught there from 1969-2004.[1] His artistic endeavors, showcased across the United States, address Asian American sociopolitical and ethnic issues through the juxtaposition of common everyday images and racially charged imagery.

Life and work[edit]

As a child during World War II, Shimomura's family was relocated and interned at the Minidoka Relocation Center in Idaho.[2] He graduated from Syracuse University with a Master of Fine Arts degree, after earning a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Washington.

The content of his earliest memories, this experience informs his art, as does his later experiences with stereotyping and xenophobia. [1] For example, the series of paintings Return of the Yellow Peril drew inspiration from the fear that the public would return to their fear of the "Yellow Peril". [1]

Stylistically many of Shimomura's paintings draw inspiration from comic books and American iconography, such as Mickey Mouse and other Pop Art.[1]

Works showed[edit]

His work can be found in the collection of the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art at Kansas State University,[1] University of Washington[3] and Washburn University.[4] He has also exhibited work at the Missoula Art Museum.[5]



  1. ^ a b c d e North 122.
  2. ^ "National Archives: Roger Shimomura". Retrieved 2010-04-30. 
  3. ^ "Roger Shimomura | Computer Science & Engineering". 2012-03-04. Retrieved 2013-11-29. 
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  6. ^ United States Artists Official Website [2]

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