The following information was submitted in October of 2006 by Peter Bissell:
Rod A. Taylor was born in Washington, D.C. in 1932. He studied at Virginia
State College; American University (graduate work in sculpture); Howard
University; Catholic University; Virginia Union University.
Taylor is a sculptor and the retired Chair of the Fine Arts Department of Norfolk State University. He has over 200 exhibits to his credit and was selected by Dr. Samella Lewis in 1971 as one of the top 75 black living artists in her book, Black Artists on Art. Following his retirement at Norfolk he was appointed by the governor of the state to fill a vacancy on the board of the Virginia Commission for the Arts. He has served on the Commission's Area VI advisory panel and Arts in Education panel and is a past member of the Chesapeake Fine Arts Commission.
He exhibited at the Smithsonian, The Corcoran Gallery (1965); Catholic University in 1967; Howard University in 1967; Smith-Mason Gallery in Washington, D.C. in 1965; The Little Art Gallery in Raleigh, N.C. in 1968; The Saratoga Springs Art Fair; Atlanta University Annuals; Scan Art Fair, Washington, D.C. in 1966.
His many awards included a 1st prize at the Saratoga Springs Art Fair in 1964; a 3rd prize for sculpture at the Smithsonian in 1964; an honorable mention also at the Smithsonian in 1964; A 1st prize at the Atlanta University Annual in 1965; plus many more.
Further information can be found in Theresa Cederholm's Afro-American Artists, A bio-bibliographical Directory.