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Roger Shimomura papers, 1965-1990

Roger Shimomura papers, 1965-1990

Shimomura, Roger, 1939-

Painter, Performance artist, Printmaker

Collection Information

Size: 2.6 linear ft.

Biographical/Historical Note

Roger Shimomura (1939- ) is a painter, printmaker, and performance artist in Lawrence, Kan. Shimomura was born in Seattle, Wash., a third generation Japanese American (Sansei). Received a B.A. in Graphic Design from the University of Washington, 1961, and M.F.A. in painting from Syracuse University, 1969. Served as an officer in the United States Army, 1962-1965. Since 1969, a member of the faculty of the University of Kansas Department of Art. Shimomura was active in the Japanese American redress movement in the 1970s. His work since the 1970s has combined American popular imagery with the Japanese ukiyo-e tradtion.

Provenance

Donated 1990 by Roger Shimomura. Collected as part of the Archives of American Art's Northwest Asian-American project in Seattle.

Scope and Contents

The papers of painter, printmaker, performance artist, and teacher Roger Shimomura measure 2.6 linear feet and date from 1965 to 1990. Found within the papers are biographical materials, correspondence, writings, notes, printed material, one scrapbook, and photographs.

Biographical materials include a photograph of Shimomura and a resume. The bulk of the papers consist of correspondence files about exhibitions, grants, performances, lectures, and the Japanese-American redress movement. Correspondence is with friends, colleagues, galleries, and with universities and colleges. Correspondents include Frank Chin, Akiko Day, Jonathan R. T. Hughes, and Wayne Miller. Writings and notes include Shimomura's artist's statement, scripts to four plays, and one folder of miscellaneous notes. The papers also include clippings, exhibition announcements, catalogs and miscellaneous printed material. A scrapbook contains clippings of articles that document Shimomura's career. Photographs are of artwork by other artists.

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