Roger Shimomura
Lawrence, KS
2011 USA Fellow

This award was generously supported by the Ford Foundation.

Painter and theater artist Roger Shimomura addresses socio-political issues of ethnicity in his work. Shimomura spent two early years in Minidoka, Idaho, in a concentration camp for Japanese Americans during WWII. This experience and the 56-year diaries of his immigrant grandmother have influenced his investigations into Asian American stereotypes, which he confronts in his paintings. He began teaching at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, in 1969 and retired in 2004, when he started the Shimomura Faculty Research Support Fund, an endowment to foster faculty research in the Department of Art.

Portrait photo courtesy Emily Momohara.
  • Artwork by Roger Shimomura
    Shimomura Crossing the Delaware, 2011; photo credit the artist
Artwork by Roger Shimomura