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2012   An American Knockoff, Byron Cohen Gallery, Kansas City,


2011  Lawrence Arts Center, Lawrence, Kansas

          Stanford University, Cantor Arts Center, Palo Alto,


2010  Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C. 

          Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City,


          Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City,


          Printmaking Museum of Douro, Alijo, Portugal

          Flomenhaft Gallery, New York City, New York

          Oklahoma State University, Gardiner Art Gallery, Stillwater,


          Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

2009  Morikami Museum (40 year retrospective), Delray Beach,


          Musee d’art de Joliette, Joliette, Quebec, Canada

          Bergamot Station, Track 16, Santa Monica, California

          Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Bictoria, B.C., Canada

2008  Grinnell College, Grinnell, Iowa

2007  Spencer Art Museum, (42 year print retrospective),

          University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

2006  Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art, Augusta, Georgia



Roger Shimomura's paintings, prints, and theatre 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 over 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.  He is the recipient of more than 30 grants, of which 4 are National Endowment for the Arts  Fellowships in Painting and Performance Art.

Shimomura has been a visiting artist and lectured on his work at more than 200 universities, art schools, and  museums across the country.  In 1999, the Seattle Urban League designated   a scholarship in his name that has been awarded annually to a Seattle resident pursuing a career in art.  In 2002, the College Art Association presented him with the “Artist Award for Most Distinguished Body of Work,” for his 4 year, 12-museum national tour of the painting exhibition, “An American Diary.”  The following year, he delivered the keynote address at the 91st annual meeting  of CAA in New York City.

In 2006, he was accorded the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the School of Arts & Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle.  A past winner of the Kansas Governor’s Arts Award, in 2008, he was designated the first Kansas Master Artist and the same year was honored by the Asian American Arts Alliance, N.Y.C. as "Exceptional People in Fashion, Food & the Arts."


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I was born and raised in Seattle, Washington, a city where ethnic diversity is standard fare; however, for the last forty years, I have lived in the Midwest, where the Asian American presence is still somewhat of a rarity.

Since living in Kansas, I have found it to be routine to be asked what part of Japan I am from, or how long I have lived in this country. Just as common, subtle references continue to connect me to stereotypical “oriental” traits, both physical and behavioral.

Far too many American-born citizens of Asian descent continue to be thought of as only “American knockoffs.” This latest series of paintings is an attempt to ameliorate the outrage of these misconceptions by depicting myself battling those stereotypes or, in tongue-in-cheek fashion, becoming those very same stereotypes.