About The Exhibit

Art Behind Barbed Wire PostcardIn recognition of the 70th anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066, which led to the mass removal and incarceration of over 110,000 Japanese Americans without trial, the Northwest Nikkei Museum presents an exhibit featuring arts and crafts from our Pacific Northwest community created by Japanese Americans in World War II incarceration camps.  Largely made from scrap and found materials, objects such as carved wooden bird pins, shell brooches, dolls, inlaid furniture, and paintings are a testament to the spirit, strength, and creativity of Japanese Americans who created beauty in the harshest of physical and human conditions.  The voices and humanity of those unjustly deprived of their civil liberties are remembered through their art created behind barbed wire.

Art Behind Barbed Wire Postcard-BackNW Nikkei Museum is dedicated to preserving the heritage and history of the Pacific Northwest’s Nikkei community. Run and operated by the community the NW Nikkei Museum gives the Japanese American community an opportunity to write and record its history in its own words to pass on to future generations. The NW Nikkei Museum is located at the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Washington (1414 South Weller Street, Seattle, WA 98144). Art Behind Barbed Wire will be on display until July 17, 2013. The Northwest Nikkei Museum hours are Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and by appointment on Saturdays. Guided tours for individuals or groups will also be available upon request. For more information contact info@jcccw.org or call (206) 568-7114.