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Roger Shimomura papers

Creator:
Shimomura, Roger, 1939-  Search this
Names:
Chin, Frank, 1940-  Search this
Day, Akiko  Search this
Hughes, Jonathan R. T.  Search this
Miller, Wayne  Search this
Extent:
2.6 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Scrapbooks
Scripts (documents)
Date:
1965-1990
Summary:
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.
Scope and Content Note:
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.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 6 series:

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1989-1990 (Box 1; 1 folder)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1969-1990 (Boxes 1-3; 2.3 linear feet)

Series 3: Writings and Notes, 1984, 1987-1989 (Box 3; 5 folders)

Series 4: Printed Material, 1975-1990 (Box 4; 0.2 linear feet)

Series 5: Scrapbook, 1975-1989 (Box 4; 1 folder)

Series 6: Photographs, circa 1970s (Box 4; 1 folder)
Biographical Note:
Roger Shimomura (b. 1939) is a Japanese American painter, printmaker, performance artist, and teacher who has worked primarily in Kansas since 1969.

Roger Shimomura was born in 1939 in Seattle, Washington. He was a third generation Japanese-American and received his B.A. in Graphic Design from the University of Washington in 1961, and a M.F.A. in Painting from Syracuse University in 1969. Shimomura spent two childhood years in one of 10 concentration camps for Japanese-Americans during WWII, and later served as an officer in the United States Army from 1962 to 1965. He was active in the Japanese-American redress movement in the 1970s. Since the 1970s, Shimomura's work has combined American popular imagery with the Japanese ukiyo-e tradition.

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. Shimomura has been a visiting artist and lectured on his work at more than 200 universities, art schools, and museums across the country. Shimomura began teaching at the University of Kansas' Department of Art in 1969 and worked there until his retirement in 2004. At that time he started the Shimomura Faculty Research Support Fund, an endowment to foster faculty research in the Department of Art. Throughout his career, Shimomura has had numerous exhibitions and experimental theater pieces on a national level. 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." Shimomura continues to live and work in Kansas.
Provenance:
Roger Shimomura donated his papers in 1990, as part of the Archives of American Art's Northwest Asian-American project in Seattle.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Topic:
Painting, Modern -- 20th century -- United States  Search this
Japanese American painting  Search this
Asian American art  Search this
Asian American artists  Search this
Japanese American art  Search this
Japanese American artists  Search this
Japanese Americans -- Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945  Search this
Asian American painters  Search this
Asian American printmakers  Search this
Asian American performance artists  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Scrapbooks
Scripts (documents)
Citation:
Roger Shimomura papers, 1965-1990. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.shimroge
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Roger Shimomura papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-shimroge

Oral History interview with Miyoko Ito

Interviewee:
Ito, Miyoko, 1918-1983  Search this
Interviewer:
Barrie, Dennis  Search this
Names:
Art Institute of Chicago  Search this
Ox-Bow Summer School of Painting  Search this
Smith College  Search this
Baum, Don, 1922-  Search this
Berdich, Vera, 1915-2003  Search this
Chapin, Francis, 1899-1965  Search this
Cohen, George, 1913-1980  Search this
Edmondson, Leonard, 1916-  Search this
Haley, John, 1905-1991  Search this
Hofmann, Hans, 1880-1966  Search this
Johnston, Ynez, 1920-  Search this
Kahn, Max, 1903-2005  Search this
Lanyon, Ellen  Search this
Loran, Erle, 1905-1999  Search this
Mitchell, Joan, 1926-1992  Search this
Moholy-Nagy, László, 1895-1946  Search this
Ryder, Worth, 1884-1960  Search this
Venturi, Lionello, 1885-1961  Search this
Extent:
2 Items (Sound recording: 2 sound files, digital, wav file)
41 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1978 July 20
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Miyoko Ito conducted 1978 July 20, by Dennis Barrie, for the Archives of American Art.
Ito discusses her family background; being in Japan at an early age, attending school and learning calligraphy; returning to California in 1928; excelling in drawing and painting; attending Berkeley High School; studying watercolor at Berkeley School of Water Color; studying under Erle Loran, Worth Ryder, John Haley; the influence of Hans Hofmann; being in internment camp (Camp Rann); attending Smith College, Northampton to study painting under instructor George Cohen; attending the Art Institue of Chicago and meeting Francis Chapin and Joan Mitchell; being influenced by Bonnard; moving into lithography at Oxbow; studying under Max Kahn; doing printmaking and etching; and participating in the Momentum Shows. Ito mentions Ynez Johnston, Leonard Edmondson, Lionel Venturi, Ellen Lanyon, Don Baum, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, and Vera Berdich.
Biographical / Historical:
Miyoko Ito (1918-1983) was a Japanese American painter based in Chicago, Illinois.
General:
Originally recorded on 1 tape reel (5 in.).
Provenance:
This interview is part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and others.
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Japanese American art  Search this
Japanese American artists  Search this
Japanese American women artists  Search this
Asian American art  Search this
Asian American artists  Search this
Asian American women artists  Search this
Japanese American painting  Search this
Japanese Americans -- Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945  Search this
Asian American painters  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.ito78
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-ito78

Oral History interview with Miyoko Ito, 1978 July 20

Interviewee:
Ito, Miyoko, 1918-1983  Search this
Interviewer:
Barrie, Dennis, 1947-  Search this
Subject:
Baum, Don  Search this
Berdich, Vera  Search this
Chapin, Francis  Search this
Cohen, George  Search this
Edmondson, Leonard  Search this
Haley, John  Search this
Hofmann, Hans  Search this
Johnston, Ynez  Search this
Kahn, Max  Search this
Lanyon, Ellen  Search this
Loran, Erle  Search this
Mitchell, Joan  Search this
Moholy-Nagy, László  Search this
Ryder, Worth  Search this
Venturi, Lionello  Search this
Art Institute of Chicago  Search this
Ox-Bow Summer School of Painting  Search this
Smith College  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Japanese American art  Search this
Japanese American artists  Search this
Japanese American women artists  Search this
Asian American art  Search this
Asian American artists  Search this
Asian American women artists  Search this
Japanese American painting  Search this
Japanese Americans -- Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945  Search this
Asian American painters  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)11656
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)216579
AAA_collcode_ito78
Theme:
Asian American
Women
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_216579
Online Media:

Roger Shimomura papers, 1965-1990

Creator:
Shimomura, Roger, 1939-  Search this
Subject:
Miller, Wayne  Search this
Chin, Frank  Search this
Hughes, Jonathan R. T.  Search this
Day, Akiko  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Scrapbooks
Scripts (documents)
Topic:
Painting, Modern -- 20th century -- United States  Search this
Japanese American painting  Search this
Asian American art  Search this
Asian American artists  Search this
Japanese American art  Search this
Japanese American artists  Search this
Japanese Americans -- Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945  Search this
Asian American painters  Search this
Asian American printmakers  Search this
Asian American performance artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)10269
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)213417
AAA_collcode_shimroge
Theme:
Asian American
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_213417
Online Media:

East-West Interchanges in American Art: Bert Winther-Tamaki

Creator:
Smithsonian American Art Museum  Search this
Type:
Symposia
YouTube Videos
Uploaded:
2013-04-30T14:38:51.000Z
YouTube Category:
Education  Search this
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
See more by:
americanartmuseum
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
YouTube Channel:
americanartmuseum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:yt_HSh3n6leE2M

Overtly, Covertly, or Not at All: Putting "Japan" in Japanese American Painting

Author:
Winther-Tamaki, Bert  Search this
Mills, Cynthia  Search this
Glazer, Lee  Search this
Goerlitz, Amelia A.  Search this
Object Type:
Smithsonian staff publication
Electronic document
Year:
2012
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILSRO_109442

Henry Sugimoto : painting an American experience / Kristine Kim ; introduction by Karin Higa

Title:
Painting an American experience
Author:
Kim, Kristine  Search this
Higa, Karin M  Search this
Sugimoto, Henry 1901-1990  Search this
Japanese American National Museum (Los Angeles, Calif.)  Search this
Manabi and Sumi Hirasaki Theater Gallery  Search this
Edison Miyawaki Gallery  Search this
Taul and Sachiko Watanabe Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Sugimoto, Henry 1901-1990  Search this
Physical description:
xiv, 141 p. : col. ill., ports. ; 23 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Pictorial works
Place:
United States
Date:
2000
C2000
Topic:
Japanese American painting  Search this
Japanese American art  Search this
Concentration camps  Search this
Call number:
ND237.S84 A4 2000
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_853521

Chiura Obata's topaz moon : art of the internment / edited with text by Kimi Kodani Hill ; introduction by Timothy Anglin Burgard ; foreword by Ruth Asawa

Title:
Topaz moon
Author:
Obata, Chiura  Search this
Hill, Kimi Kodani  Search this
Subject:
Obata, Chiura Imprisonment  Search this
Central Utah Relocation Center  Search this
Physical description:
xviii, 147 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 21 cm
Type:
Biography
In art
Date:
2000
C2000
Topic:
Japanese American painting  Search this
Japanese Americans  Search this
Call number:
N40.1.O1194 H55 2000
N6537.O22 A2 2000
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_595895

Amerika ni ikita nikkeijin gakatachi, kibō to kunō no hanseiki 1896-1945 : shūsen 50-nen kikaku / [henshū Tokyō-to Teien Bijutsukan ; hon'yaku Ogawa Kikuko]

Title:
アメリカに生きた日系人画家たち, 希望と苦悩の半世紀 1896-1945 : 終戦 50年企画 / [編集東京都庭園美術館 ; 翻訳小川紀久子]
Kibō to kunō no hanseiki 1896-1945
希望と苦悩の半世紀 1896-1945
Japanese and Japanese American painters in the United States
Japanese American painters in the United States : a half century of hope and suffering, 1896-1945
Author:
Ogawa, Kikuko  Search this
Tōkyō-to Teien Bijutsukan  Search this
Ōita Kenritsu Geijutsu Kaikan  Search this
Hiroshima Bijutsukan  Search this
Tōkyō-to Bunka Shinkōkai  Search this
Physical description:
180 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 28 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Exhibition catalogs
Date:
1996
[1996]
20th century
Topic:
Japanese American painting  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1051667

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