Wednesday September 13, 2006

Faces of Japanese-American Internment

Henry Sugimoto, his wife and daughter were among the 110,000 Japanese-Americans confined to internment camps during World War II. For three years, he created paintings depicting life in the camps. They will be on display now through Dec. 15 at UD.

Henry Sugimoto, his wife and daughter were among the 110,000 Japanese-Americans confined to internment camps during World War II. For three years, he created paintings depicting life in the camps. He later turned the paintings into woodcut prints that will be on display now through Dec. 15 at the University of Dayton's McGinnis Center Gallery. The gallery is open 9 a.m. to midnight daily.

Sugimoto's daughter, Madelaine, will discuss the time in the camp and her late father's art at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18, in the McGinnis Center. There will be a reception for Madelaine Sugimoto starting at 6:30 p.m. that evening. Both are free and open to the public.

The Smithsonian Institution, in Washington, D.C., and the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles have displayed Sugimoto's work.

UD's ArtStreet and the local chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League are sponsoring the exhibit and workshops.

Educational workshops in conjunction with this exhibit include:

3:30-6:30 p.m., Oct. 13, ArtStreet Studio E: Erin Holscher, a UD printmaking professor, and Jon Swindler, a Wright State University professor, will conduct a hands-on relief printmaking workshop utilizing Sugimoto's techniques. The workshop is free to UD students and $10 for the general public and includes materials.

9 a.m.-3 p.m., Nov. 18, ArtStreet: The national chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League will conduct a seminar to educate people on the history and experience of internment, with a comparison to the current human rights issues with Arab-Americans. The cost is $20 and includes curriculum materials for educators.

Advanced registration is required for the Oct. 13 and Nov. 18 events. Call 937-229-5103.

For media interviews or more information, contact Susan Byrnes, director of ArtStreet, at 937-229-5103 or artstreet@udayton.edu.