Roger Shimomura

(American, born 1939)

Artist Roger Shimomura creates thought-provoking paintings, prints and performance pieces that investigate social and ethnic identities and stereotypes. Born in Seattle, he spent several years of his early childhood imprisoned in Minidoka, a Japanese-American internment camp in Idaho. His family later returned to Seattle, and Shimomura attended the University of Washington before serving in the Korean War. He received his Master of Fine Arts from Syracuse University, and taught art at the University of Kansas, Lawrence for 35 years.