Yoshiko Shimada ’83


In August of 1993, the Los Angeles Times profiled Yoshiko Shimada in a front page art section titled “Gutting the Myth of Subservience: Yoshiko Shimada’s Volatile Images Explore Japanese Women’s Role in World War II.” The article states that the “…contradictions between Shimada’s national culture and her personal artistic expression are precisely what makes her stand out in Japan’s art world today…” Born in Tokyo, Yoshiko earned her B.A. in Art from Scripps and “launched her art career with etchings of her dreams after returning to Japan upon graduation.” According to Japan Times art critic Nancy Shalala, “without a doubt, she is one of the most important artists here [Japan].”