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Bannister Gallery to present lithographs by Roger Shimomura, March 8 to April 6  


Roger Shimomura, "American Guardian"
A collection of lithographs by visual artist Roger Shimomura will be on display in Bannister Gallery from March 8 to April 6. The exhibition will be held in Bannister’s new Focus Gallery area.

Shimomura uses his paintings to explore the similarities and differences between Japanese and American cultures. A major theme in his work is the discrimination experienced in the U.S. by Japanese and Asian-Americans during World War II.

Shimomura, a third-generation American, was born in Seattle, Wash., but spent nearly two years at an internment camp in Minidoka, Idaho, during World War II.

According to the artist, “This exhibition of lithographs not only offers a few of my earliest memories of life in Camp Minidoka, Idaho, but is also meant to bring attention to the failure of America during World War II to distinguish between the Americans of Japanese descent, and the Japanese enemy that ultimately led to the incarceration of innocent people.”

Shimomura, a University Distinguished Professor of Art Emeritus at the University of Kansas, has had over 125 solo exhibitions of his paintings and photography and lectured at more than 200 universities, art schools and museums across the country.

Shimomura will provide the lecture “An American Diary: 3 Chapters” as part of the RIC Open Books–Open Minds Student Conference on March 29 at 4:30 p.m. in Alger Hall 110 (a reception will follow). The conference and related events will explore the Japanese-American internment through art and literature.

The exhibition and Open Books-Open Minds series of events are made possible through major funding support from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, an independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Gallery hours during exhibits are Tuesday through Friday, noon to 8 p.m. Exhibits and events are free and open to the public. Accessible to persons with disabilities.

For information on event dates and exhibit opening receptions, check the website at http://www.ric.edu/bannister or call (401) 456-9765.