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Roger Shimomura received his B.A. from the University of Washington, Seattle and his M.F.A. from Syracuse University, New York. Shimomura has had over 100 solo-exhibitions of his paintings and prints, as well as presented his experimental theater pieces at major venues across the country. He is the recipient of over 30 grants, including 4 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships in Painting and Performance Art. Shimomura has been a visiting artist and lectured on his work at over 200 universities and art museums across the country. In 1999, the Seattle Urban League designated a scholarship under his name that since has been awarded annually to a Seattle resident that is 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 Alumnus Award for the University of Washington, the highest honor that school bestows upon their graduates.
Roger Shimomura's paintings, prints and theatre pieces address socio-political issues of Asian America and have often been inspired by 56 years of diaries kept by his late immigrant grandmother."I have relied heavily upon family oral history as well as on the published and unpublished stories written by my late grandmother . . . I have also referred to old family photographs, and most important, Mrs. Shimomura's personal diaries, maintained by her for 56 years. This vast collection of materials has been integrated into my personal accumulation of videos, films, slides, writings, audio tapes, and other materials related to cross-cultural matters."