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Roger Shimomura was born three years before President Roosevelt's executive order mandated the internment of 120,000 Japanese Americans during World War II. When the family was released, they lived for a time in South Chicago, but returned to Seattle in 1945, settling in Nihonmachi, a district of Japanese American residents (Roger Shimomura: Return of the Yellow Peril, exhibition catalogue, Cheney Cowles Museum, 1993). The artist attended the University of Washington and earned a graduate degree from Syracuse University. Shimomura's paintings, which combine American pop culture images with Japanese woodblock prints, are inspired by his own experiences of racism and by the diaries that his grandmother kept over a period of fifty-six years. He began teaching at Kansas University in 1969, where he was legendarily tough on his students. Shimomura retired in 2004 after thirty-five years in Lawrence.

Selected exhibitions
2021
Roger Shimomura - 100 Little White LiesGreg Kucera Gallery
2018
The House ImaginarySan Jose Museum of Art
2015
Great American MuseGreg Kucera Gallery
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GREAT AMERICAN MUSE #41, 2015

Acrylic on canvas
24 × 24 in
61 × 61 cm
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Location
Seattle
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Roger Shimomura was born three years before President Roosevelt's executive order mandated the internment of 120,000 Japanese Americans during World War II. When the family was released, they lived for a time in South Chicago, but returned to Seattle in 1945, settling in Nihonmachi, a district of Japanese American residents (Roger Shimomura: Return of the Yellow Peril, exhibition catalogue, Cheney Cowles Museum, 1993). The artist attended the University of Washington and earned a graduate degree from Syracuse University. Shimomura's paintings, which combine American pop culture images with Japanese woodblock prints, are inspired by his own experiences of racism and by the diaries that his grandmother kept over a period of fifty-six years. He began teaching at Kansas University in 1969, where he was legendarily tough on his students. Shimomura retired in 2004 after thirty-five years in Lawrence.

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