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A third-generation Japanese -American, Roger Shimomura, was born in Seattle, and has resided in Kansas since 1969. Shimomura’s work in printmaking, painting and performance art addresses the contradictions and prejudices that frequently characterize America’s cultural diversity.

Blending American pop art influences with 18th- and 19th-century Japanese woodcut traditions, Shimomura explores both the humor and tragedy that are part of his Asian-American identity.

"American Guardian" belongs to a group of images created in response to his family’s detention during World War II, when Shimomura was a young child. This work will be discussed on Thursday, July 20, at 3:30 p.m. on the ground floor auditorium at Ralph Brown Draughon Library.

Conversation will be facilitated by Danielle Funderburk, registrar of the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Art, and Kyes Stevens, director of the Alabama Prison Arts and Education Programs.

For more information visit Auburn University Libraries’ website.