Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Hosts Artist Roger Shimomura

Artist Talk Focusing on Race and Ethnic Images in Pop Culture Thursday, October

Posted: October 8, 2010
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Artist Talk Focusing on Race and Ethnic Images in Pop Culture

Thursday, October 21: 7 p.m. at the KIA

Roger Shimomura

The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts is pleased to host artist Roger Shimomura for an artist lecture on Thursday, October 21, at 7 p.m. This lecture will be held at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, 314 South Park Street, Kalamazoo MI. This lecture is free and open to the public.

Roger Shimomura is a Japanese-American artist whose work addresses sociopolitical issues of Asian America. His work is provocative - challenging viewers' notions of history, ethnic images, popular culture, and American ideals. This lecture is co-hosted by the KIA, the Richmond Center for Visual Arts and Western Michigan University in conjunction with the exhibition Yellow Terror: The Collections and Paintings of Roger Shimomura (on view Oct. 21-Nov. 24, RCVA).

Roger Shimomura's paintings, prints, and theater pieces address sociopolitical issues of Asian America and have often been inspired by diaries kept by his late immigrant grandmother for 56 years of her life.

Shimomura received his B.A. from the University of Washington, Seattle, and his M.F.A. from Syracuse University, New York. He has had more than 125 solo exhibitions of paintings and prints, as well as presented his experimental theater pieces at such venues as the Franklin Furnace, New York City, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, and The Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. Shimomura has been a visiting artist and lectured on his work at more than 200 universities, art schools, and museums across the country.

Shimomura is in the permanent collections of more than 80 museums nation wide. His personal papers and letters are being collected by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. He is represented by The Flomenhaft Gallery, New York City; Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle; and Jan Weiner Gallery, Kansas City.

For more information about Roger Shimomura, please visit his website at www.rshim.com.

For more information about his lecture at the KIA, visit the KIA website or call (269) 349-7775.

The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts is a nonprofit art museum and school. Since 1924, the institute has offered art classes and free-admission programming, including exhibitions, lectures, events, activities and a permanent collection. The KIA's mission is to cultivate the creation and appreciation of the visual arts for the communities of West Michigan.