Roger Shimomura was born in Seattle in 1939. He is a third-generation Japanese-American. He holds a BA from the University of Washington and an MFA from Syracuse University. Since 1969, he has been a professor of Fine Art at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, where he holds the title of Distinguished Professor.
His art deals extensively with the cultural dichotomy sensed perhaps more strongly by Asian-Americans than by immigrants with non-Asian backgrounds. Addressing that cultural collision and the humor, tragedy and pathos it evokes both in life and in Shimomura’s art, Bernice Steinbaum of the
Bernice Steinbaum Gallery (NY and Miami, FL) wrote in a recent catalogue that “Roger Shimomura’s paintings of people and events satirically mix up and twist the very meaning of American popular culture as a whole
and Japanese-American culture in particular.” That is a wonderful summation of one aspect of Shimomura’s art.
Shimomura works in many mediums, but is most at home in oil and acrylic painting and in serigraph printmaking. He also has been a major force in the
field of Performance Art, having staged productions on both coasts and in between. One memorable work showed major events in the three generations of his family beginning with the separate immigrations of his
grandparents early in the last century.
A list of his one-person shows through 1996 follows below.
The Bellevue Art Museum; Bellevue, WA. (1996)
Spencer Museum of Art; University of Kansas; Lawrence, KS. (1996)
Wichita Art Museum; Wichita, KS. (1993)
Nevada Museum of Art; Reno, NV (1993)
Carnegie Arts Center; Leavenworth, KS. (1991)
Center For Contemporary Arts; Santa Fe, NM (1986)
Whatcom County Museum; Bellingham, WA (1986)
Tacoma Art Museum; Tacoma, WA (1977)
Farhat Art Museum Collection.
Roger also has been the recipient of grants and awards from such prestigious organizations as the National Endowment for the Arts both in 1977 and in 1991; the Kansas Arts Commission Award in 1994; a Japan Foundation Grant in 1975; a grant from The Rockefeller Foundation in 1993 and numerous others.
art writer Fred McCraw
Sidney Jonas Budnick (June 18, 1921 – August 25, 1994) was an American abstract artist. He was born and raised in New York City where he developed a passion for art early in his life.
While living in New York Sidney Budnick met the Dutch artist Piet Mondrian. He was greatly influenced by Mondrian’s work and the De Stijl art movement. He studied under Hans Hofmann, an abstract expressionist artist and teacher, and was friends with Harry Holtzman and Carl Holty, founders of the American Abstract Artists group.
Sidney Budnick also was encouraged by Hilla Rebay, the artistic advisor for Solomon R. Guggenheim. In 1939 Guggenheim and Rebay opened the Museum of Non-objective Painting, later named the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Rebay supported many artist, including Sidney Budnick, by hiring them as support staff at the museum. Some of Sidney Budnick’s early work is classified with other works of the Museum of Non-objective Painting.
After serving in the army during World War II, Sidney Budnick earned his Bachelor of Art degree at the IIT Institute of Design. While there he studied under László Moholy-Nagy, the founding director of the New Bauhaus and head of the School of Design (renamed the Institute of Design in 1944).
In 1952 he completed his Master in Architecture at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design studying under Walter Gropius, the founder of the Bauhaus school in Germany.
Sidney Budnick was an architect for the Department of Parks and Recreation for the State of California for many years.
Although Sidney Budnick earned his living as an architect in California, supporting his wife and three children, he painted throughout his life until he died in 1994 in Oregon.
Sidney Budnick’s work was included in an exhibition organized by Katherine Kuh at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1948, entitled, “American Abstract and Surrealist Art.” His work is included in the collections of the Guggenheim Museum, Museum of Modern Art and the J. Donald Nichols collection.
1988 Cat. in movimento – Ada Lombardi, Ludovico PratesI
1989 Cat. Arte a Roma 1980 – 1989 – Ludovico PratesI
1989 A C Arte E Cultura – N. 14 – Paolo Balmas
1990 FLASH ART – Speciale Arte Giovane – n.158 – Patrizia Ferri
1990 Cat. – Ping Pong – Patrizia Ferri
1994 Cat. – Personale – Museo Laboratorio dell’Università di Roma La Sapienza – Ludovico Pratesi
1994 La Repubblica- TrovaRoma – 23/ 5
1994 L’Informazione 1/7 ” La nicchia ecologica di Elvio Chiricozzi…” – Gabriele Simongini
1994 Wanted in Rome 6/7 Edith Schloss
1994 Foto Pratica Immagini n. 307 – Giovani Artisti Romani, Stefano Aluffi Pentini
1994 ARTEL visto da… – Patrizia Mania
1996 Cat. XII Quadriennale d’Arte di Roma – Ludovico PratesI
1996 Il Giornale Roma 24/9 – ” Le ultime generazioni…” – Zeno tentella
1996 Il Corriere 22/9 “Giovane Artista…” – Beniamino Mechelli
1998 Cat. La festa dell’Arte – Katia Ficociello
1998 Cat. Personale Galleria Polittico – Duccio Trombadori, A. Romani Brizzi
1998 Il Corriere di Viterbo – Né cielo né terra… 23/3
1998 La Repubblica TrovaRoma 25/4 – Mario De Candia
1998 La Repubblica 19/4 – Ludovico PratesI
1998 OPENING n. 33 – 34
1998 Psicanalisi Contro n. 29
1998 RomArte n.3 – Danile Contavalli
1998 Arte n.308 – Nicoletta Cobolli
1999 Cat. Fuori Uso – Paola Magni
1999 Cat. Giganti – Alessandra Maria Sette
1999 Il Cobold – Rivista di Estetica – Paolo Balmas
1999 Cat. Personale – Stusio Andrea Gobbi – Aita, Carli, Perego, Pietrosanti, Postiglioni, Timperi
1999 La Repubblica -TrovaRoma – 17/11 – Mario De Candia
1999 Cat. Gli Artisti e l’ Università – Francesca La Manna
1999 Cat. El Realisme en el Panorama International Recent – Edward Lucie Smith
2000 Cat. Personale “Migranti” – Mostra a quattro mani – Elvio Chiricozzi, Roberto Pietrosanti
2000 Galleria Pino Casagrande – testi di: Aita, Coen, De Candia, Moschini
2000 La Repubblica TrovaRoma 9/03 – Mario De Candia
2000 Il Giornale â€œMigrantiâ€œ Il dialogo bianco del duo – Chiricozzi, Pietrosanti 17/03, Paola Magni
2000 La Repubblica – Quando il corpo diventa silhouette libera nello spazio – 22/03 – Ludovico Pratesi
2000 ARTE n.320 – I Migranti – Chiricozzi e Pietrosanti – Lea Mattarella
2000 Cat. Personale – Galleria A.A.M. – Francesco Moschini
2000 La Repubblica – TrovaRoma – 4/05 – Mario De Candia
2000 Wanted In Rome 30/05 – Edith Scholss
2000 Cat. Personale “Occhi con le piume” Galleria dell’India – Testi: Alessandra Sette, Paola Magni
2000 La Porta Aperta – Altre Scene – Bimestrale del Teatro di Roma – Settembre – Ottobre
2002 Cat. La Représentation de l’humanitè¨ – Testo di Elvio Chiricozzi, Paolo Aita, Anneleen De Jong
2002 Cat. Personale – Galleria Pino Casagrande – Testo Angelo Capasso – Poesie: P. Aita, T. Timperi
2002 Costruire – Arte e Architettura. n.224 – Francesco Moschini
2002 La Repubblica – TrovaRoma – 28/02 -Mario De Candia
2002 La Repubblica – Roma cronaca 03/03 – Come tutto nella sera, Tele, Poesie e Videotape – Cecilia Cirenei
2002 Exibart – 05/03 – Ileana Pansino
2002 Roma C’ E’ – 06/03 – Pittura e Poesia – Laura Mari
2002 Il Giornale – Roma eventi – 19/03 – Paola Magni
2002 La Repubblica – Roma cronaca – 18/06 – La primavera delle gallerie – Ludovico PratesI
2002 Cat. http://www.plot.@rt” – Passaggi: Manualità web plotter – Gianluca Marziani
2002 A A l’ Arte per l’ Arte – Angelo Capasso – Marta Massaioli Editore
2002 Art Tomorrow – Eduard Lucie Smit – Edition Ardcover
2003 Smerilliana – Semestrale di civiltà poetica n.1 – (copertina) – Ed. Casta Diva
2003 Smerilliana – Semestrale di civiltà poetica n 2 – 2003 (Copertina) – Ed. Csta Diva (Aita-Zamponi)
2003 Cat. Metamorfosi – Angelo Capasso
2003 Cat. Carte Italiane – Lucia Presilla
2003 Cat. Futuro Italiano – Lorenzo Canova
2004 “On Paper” – Francesco Moschini
2004 Cat. Roma Punto Uno – Lucia Presilla
2004 Cat. Arte Italiana per il XXI Secolo – Lorenzo Canova
2004 La Provincia – 7/10 – Ragione e disincanto – Gennaro Clausi
2004 Il Tempo – 22/10 – Dialogo con l’immagine – Maurizio Tarquini
2004 Cat. Mito e Velocità
2005 Diario – Quotidiano di Architettura – Paolo Balmas
2006 Cat. Murale – Paola Aita
2006 La Repubblica – Roma Cronaca 10-05-06 – Murale tentazioni d’Artista – Carlo Alberto Bucci
2006 Drome Magazine – Trimestrale n.7 – Paolo Aita
2006 Cat.X Biennale di Architettura di Venezia-La Città nuova-Invito a Vema-Testi di: S. Milani, E. Chiricozzi