The College of Southern Nevada Department of Fine Arts will host an exhibition of large-scale print artwork by Japanese born artist and University of New Mexico Professor of Printmaking, Yoshiko Shimano. Shimano’s newest work is about people’s living conditions, their creativity, and evidence that people’s daily lives have on the lands in which they live. “Yoshiko Shimano: Engraving on Land” will begin Friday, March 23, 2018 and will run through Saturday, April 28, 2018. Ms. Shimano will participate in an Artist Talk and Reception on Wednesday, April 18, at 6 p.m. in the Fine Arts Gallery, room H101, on the North Las Vegas Campus.
Yoshiko Shimano’s work has been exhibited extensively in Canada, Europe, Japan and the United States. She received her B.F.A. degree from California College of the Arts and M.F.A. degree from Mills College in Oakland, California. She embraces an artist’s responsibilities within society to expand beyond studio practices or gallery presentations. Shimano has offered many outreach projects, local and international, and made prints for various minority groups and victims of natural disaster with her students through the Department of Art at the University of New Mexico.
Speaking of her work, Shimano says; “Engraving on Land has two metaphoric meanings. The first is the physical changes of the land after destruction from wars or colonization. These physical changes can also occur from another culture’s influences, like forced construction and industrial projects. Often, past physical change may not be recognized in the present. We forget easily, because lands continue to host new people’s lives that create new landscapes. The second meaning is the emotional scarring and mental changes. I became interested in how people kept their identities, cultures, pride, and languages under difficult circumstance.”
The CSN Fine Arts Gallery is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are from 9 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The Fine Arts Gallery is located at the half circle drive near CSN’s main entrance, on the North Las Vegas campus at 3200 E. Cheyenne Avenue, one-mile East of I-15 North. For more information, please call (702) 651-4146 , email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit us online at http://www.csn.edu/artgallery.