Interview: Artist Roger Shimomura Brings “America Behind Barbed Wire” To Springfield


Roger Shimomura
is an artist and a third generation Japanese-American whose work largely focuses on racism and the ties between American and Japanese cultures. He’s a distinguished emeritus professor from the University of Kansas in Lawrence and his work has been shown across the country.

Shimomura currently has an exhibit at the University of Illinois Springfield called America Behind Barbed Wire, he’ll be giving a lecture about it on Thursday. WUIS’ Rachel Otwell recently spoke with Shimomura about his life and work:

His exhibit is in the UIS Visual Arts Gallery until Decemeber 1st, gallery hours are Monday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Listen to the full lecture Shimomura presented at UIS on October 11th here:

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