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Bertha Rogers, born in Illinois and raised in Iowa, lived for many years in both the San Francisco Bay Area and New York City; she has lived in New York's Catskill Mountain region since 1989. She attended Iowa Wesleyan College and the University of Iowa, majoring in art and English, and studied with Lester Polokoff at the Studio and Forum of Scenic Design in New York City.
Her visual art has been shown in more than 200 juried exhibits and in solo shows throughout the U.S ( solo shows include several exhibits at the New York Public Library, the Delaware County Historical Association Gallery, the Walter Meade Gallery in Roxbury, NY; the Old Forge Library in Old Forge, NY;
the Cup and Chaucer Gallery in Walton, NY; and the Smithy-Pioneer Gallery in Cooperstown, NY);
"Book Explorations 1999, 2000, 2001," The New Art Forum, Kingston, MA;
"The Platte Clove Artists," The Erpf Center, Arkville, NY;
"Rivers," the Walter Meade Gallery, Roxbury, NY;
"The Painted Word," Greene County Council on the Arts;
"Fabrications," Mountaintop Gallery, Windham, NY;
"Full Circle," Gallery 53, Cooperstown, NY;
"Drawing Nature," Mountaintop Gallery, Windham, NY;
"Jeanne Walker Pierce Exhibit," Oneonta, NY;
"The Local Landscape," DCHA, Delhi, NY;
"18th National Painting Show," Washington & Jefferson College, PA;
"National Juried," Plieades Gallery, NYC;
"National Juried," Rutgers University Gallery, NJ;
"Small Works National Juried," Zaner Gallery, Rochester, NY:
"LaGrange national," La Grange, GA;
"National Juried," Xavier Gallery, NYC;
"The New Realists," Mongerson Gallery, Chicago, IL;
"Ninth Int'l Dogwood Fest Show," GA Tech Gallery, Atlanta, GA;
"National Juried," Five Towns Music & Art fdn Woodmere, NY;
"National Juried," Clovis-Portales Arts Council, NM;
"The Woman in Art," AAO Gallery, Buffalo, NY;
"Watercolor West Annual," Riverside, CA:
"37th Annual Painting Comp," Abilene Fine Arts Museum, TX;
"Large Works," Keene Mason Gallery, NYC;
"Natinal Comp," Klienert Gallery, Woodstock, NY:
Bertha Rogers's awards include residence fellowships from the Hawthornden International Retreat for Writers (Scotland); the Julia and David White Artists Colony (Costa Rica); the MacDowell Colony, Inc; the Millay Colony for Artists, the Platte Clove Artists Colony; the Hedgebrook Foundation for Women
Writers, and the Ucross Foundation, and several New York State Council on the Arts and New York Foundation for the Arts Special Opportunity Stipend grants.
Her translation, with her own illustrations, of Beowulf, the Anglo-Saxon epic, was published, in a hand set type edition, by Birch Brook Press in 2000; her chapbook, A House of Corners was published by Three Conditions Press in 2000. For the Girl Buried in the Peat Bog, her limited edition artist's book, was
published by Six Swans Artists Editions in 1999. She has created hundreds of artists' books and boxes and illuminated manuscripts.
Her poetry collections include "Sleeper, You Wake" and "The Reason of Trees." Her poetry has been published in hundreds of literary magazines and journals, and in anthologies.
Rogers has worked, for more than 30 years, as an traveling artist to schools, teaching visual art, including artist's books and illuminated manuscripts, and poetry and creative writing; she has also been an artist in residence in colleges and art schools. Other work has included project director for "Five Historic Dolls" for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC/Strong Museum, Rochester, NY; collections management and archival work for the Delaware County Historical Association, Delhi, NY; founding director of Bright Hill Press, a nonprofit literary organization and press in Treadwell, NY; developer and
administrator of the New York State Council on the Arts Literature
Curators Web Site, www.nyslittree.org; curator of art exhibits for arts organizations and museums; staff development specialist for teachers; artistic director for The Company Theatre, Oakland/Berkeley, CA, the Farrington Company and the Classic Theater, NYC; and Liberty Farm Theater,
Peterborough, NH; and vice president of product development and
merchandising, Collectors Guild, NYC.
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