The Art of Living: Japanese American Creative Experience at Rohwer (exhibition)

RG Media Type exhibitions
Title The Art of Living: Japanese American Creative Experience at Rohwer
Creators Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
Interest Level Grades 3-5; Grades 6-8; Grades 9-12; Adult
Theme Expression through art; Displacement
Genre Art; History
Availability Available
Free Web Version
Has Teaching Aids? No
Geography McGhee, Arkansas
Chronology 1942-1946
Facility Rohwer [9]

Exhibition of art objects created by Japanese Americans in Rohwer. Mounted in 2011 by the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, the exhibition was based on the collection of Mabel Rose Jamison Vogel, an art teacher at Rohwer. Vogel bequeathed the objects to McGehee, Arkansas, Mayor Rosalie Santine Gould, who in turn donated the collection to the Butler Center in 2010. The Art of Living included about 125 pieces, ranging from fashion sketches to bird pins to paintings in a wide variety of styles, augmented by photographs of the camp and interview segments with former Rohwer inmates. The project also includes an online version of the exhibition. Among the public programs tied to the exhibition's run were talks by Delphine Hirasuna, author of The Art of Gaman and by Vivienne Schiffer, daughter of Gould and author of the novel Camp Nine, which is set in a Rohwer-like concentration camp.

Authored by Brian Niiya, Densho

For More Information

The Art of Living: Japanese American Creative Expression at Rohwer official website,

Bartels, Chuck. "Art from WWII Internment Camp in State on Display." The Courier, Sept. 26, 2011.

Schneider, Jane. "Strangers in a Strange Land." Memphis: The City Magazine, Nov. 2011