The Kimura Gallery is an Exhibition space on the second floor of the UAA Performing and Fine Arts Building. It provides students, faculty, and community to the opportunity to view artwork focusing on national and international contemporary themes and culture. The gallery programming is used to enhance the curriculum of studio art, art history, and general education courses and as outreach to the Anchorage community.
As Director of the Kimura Art Gallery at UAA since 1994, Dr. Sean Licka has curated a wide-ranging series of exhibitions that are national and international in scope.
He received his Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, and his M.A. and B.A. from the University of Colorado, Boulder. His dissertation titled, The Prism of Experience: The Art of Joseph Cornell was supported by the Chester Dale Fellowship from the National Gallery of Art. Dr. Licka has also published several articles as contributing editor of Metalsmith magazine, lectured at various universities, participated on and developed panels as well as presenting papers at the national FATE (Foundations in Art Theory and Education) conference. His major areas of teaching focus on 20th and 19th Century American and European Art, 20th century Chinese, Japanese, Russian and Medieval Art.