After graduating from a small liberal arts college in suburban Chicago, Brooke Rogers studied with Abstract Expressionist, Grace Hartigan at the Hoffberger School of Painting, part of the Maryland Institute, College of Art in Baltimore. He earned his MFA in 1992 from MICA, and stayed on to teach there for two years, before returning to his hometown Ocean City in 1995, and taking a position in the Art department at S.U. Since 2000 he has been a full time member of the department, serving as department chair since 2009. His work has ranged from abstraction in a reductive vein, to a somewhat cartoony figuration. These two poles of 1960s painting, Minimalism and Pop, have held sway over his work in a back and forth manner. Abstraction has won out in recent years. Brooke has exhibited extensively in the Mid Atlantic area, including solo shows in the Washington DC area, Richmond, Wilmington, DE, and New York. Before teaching full time, Brooke also worked as professional graphic designer, and continues to take on freelance design work, in addition to pursuing exhibition opportunities for his paintings and drawings. Much of his design work in recent years has comprised pro bono projects for local non-profits.
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Cordonazo, 2012, Graphite on fawn paper, 20 by 28 inches each (triptych)
* denotes one-person exhibit
Rehoboth Art League, Rehoboth Beach, DE, "Regional Juried Exhibit"
AerieArt Gallery, Rehoboth Beach, DE, "The Space Between"
TempArts Gallery, Salisbury, MD , "Smal Craft Advisory", Two-person show
South Shore Art Center, Cohasset, MA, "Black, White and Shades of Grey"
Montgomery College, Rockville, MD, "Small Paintings from Seven Schools"
University of Maryland, University College, Largo, MD, "Drawing Invitational"
* Mainstage Gallery, Wilmington, DE, "Invisible Cities"
Art Institute and Gallery, Salisbury, MD, "National Juried Show"
* ArtSpace Gallery, Richmond, VA, "Cause Me To Hear It"
Water's Edge Gallery, Berlin, MD, "All Art is Local"
International Arts Movement, New York, NY, "Encounter 10"
Art Institute and Gallery, "Abstract"
Long Beach Island Foundation, Loveladies, NJ, "National Juried Competition: Works on Paper"
Smithtown Township Arts Council, St. James, NY, "Little Black Book"
* Atrium Gallery, Salisbury, MD, "Time of the Signs"
* Space 38 | 39, New York, NY, "Drifter Themes: An Evening of Art and Music"
South Shore Art Center, Cohasset, MA, "National Drawing Show"
* Enteros Gallery, Petersburg, VA
Curious Matter, Jersey City, NJ, "Between Worlds"
Rhonda Schaller Studio, New York, NY, "On Faith: Saviors, Prophets, and Magic"
80 Washington Square East Galleries, New York, NY "31th Small Works"
Prince Street Gallery, New York, NY, National juried show
Art historian Irving Sandler chose 40 works from a pool of 1200
* Water's Edge Gallery, Berlin, MD, "Little Low Heavens"
Community College of Baltimore County, Catonsville, MD, "Transparent Dialogs"
80 Washington Square East Galleries, New York, NY "30th Small Works"
Awarded an Honorable Mention by juror Jim Kempner
* Dumbarton Concert Gallery, Washington DC, "The Distance to the Moon"
Union Art Gallery, LSU, Baton Rouge, LA, "20x20x20 Compact Competition"
District of Columbia Arts Center, Washington, DC, "In a Land Far, Far Away"
* Cecil County Arts Council, Elkton, MD, "Pellegrino"
Pierro Gallery of South Orange, South Orange, NJ, “The New Black"
Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences, Loveladies, NJ, “Works of Art on Paper"
* National Institutes of Health, Clinical Art Program, Bethesda, MD, ”Psalter"
League of Reston Artists, Reston, VA, “National Juried”
* Arlington Arts Center, Arlington, VA, “Pilgrim”
* Saint Peter’s Church, New York, NY, “Pencil Paintings"
Target Gallery, Arlington, VA, “Role Play"
Limner Gallery, Phoenicia, NY, Group show: “Strange Figurations"
Art Space, Richmond, VA, “Radius 250”
Maryland Federation of Art, Baltimore, MD, “Drawing Conclusions”
National Institutes of Health, Clinical Art Program, Bethesda, MD: Six paintings from the Psalter series
Dr. David and Cindy Cowall, Nanticoke, MD: Five large canvases plus supporting works on paper permanently installed in an architecturally significant residential structure
Coastal Hospice at the Lake, Salisbury, MD: Permanent installation of 25 paintings and works on paper
1996 Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT, Painting Program
1992 Hoffberger Graduate School of Painting, Maryland Institute, College of Art, Baltimore,MD, Master of Fine Arts
1990 Judson College, Elgin, IL, Bachelor of Art
1995- Present Salisbury University, Salisbury, MD, Associate Professor of Art, Department Chair since 2009
1993-95 Maryland Institute, College of Art, Baltimore, MD, Instructor of Art
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