Roger Shimomura (b. 1939) American Muse, 2017. 10 color lithograph on Rives BFK paper, 28 x 27 1/4 inches . Collection of the Lawrence Lithography Workshop.

In Collaboration: Roger Shimomura and The Lawrence Lithography Workshop

February 2 – March 25, 2018

Made possible by the Alliance of the Swope

The Swope Art Museum kicks off its 2018 exhibition schedule with a collection of lithographs by Roger Shimomura in collaboration with The Lawrence Lithography Workshop. The show will survey over 25 years of lithographs, including some of the most recent collaborations between Shimomura and master printer, Michael Sims.

Roger Shimomura uses his art to explore his Japanese American identity in a style that combines his childhood interest in comic books, American Pop art, and traditional Japanese woodblock prints. His paintings, prints and theatre pieces address socio-political issues of ethnicity and have often been inspired by 56 years of diaries kept by his late immigrant grandmother. Born in Seattle, Shimomura, spent two years of his childhood at Camp Minidoka in Hunt, Idaho. His family was interned there during World War II along with other Americans of Japanese descent because they were viewed as a “potential threat to national security.” He received his B.A. from the University of Washington, Seattle and his M.F.A. from Syracuse University, New York. Shimomura taught at the University of Kansas from 1969 until his retirement in 2004. In 2002 the College Art Association presented him with the Artist Award for Most Distinguished Body of Work.  Shimomura’s personal papers are being collected by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

WVE Throwback: Color

August 18, 2017 – March 18, 2018

Many works from the annual Wabash Valley Exhibition have become part of the Swope Art Museum’s permanent collection during the exhibition’s long history. WVE Throwback: Color presents a selection of past Wabash Valley Exhibition acquisitions that focus on the visual element of color.  Included is work by: Aldon Addington, John Bott, Sue J. Cerola, Diane Driessen, Ada Inov, David Kegel, Sherry Musick, Isabella Pera, Andrew Polk, Kenneth Preston, Steven Redman, Jacquelyn Ruttinger, James Sampson, Daniel Socha, and Terry Steadham.