Ellen Rogers is an artist and sculptor. Her studio research and artwork are direct
results of her fieldwork in Africa as a wildlife veterinarian. Rogers’ artwork
addresses the Anthropocene Epoch: our current geological time period marked by
humans causing vast and unprecedented changes to the biosphere (climate change,
massive loss of natural habitat, and animal extinctions). Her past experiences of
active and passionate involvement in the conservation of endangered species
(elephants, rhinos, lions, and so on) provide much of the imagery she uses in her
artwork. She earned her BFA at the Maine College of Art, in Portland, Maine and
her MFA from the University at Buffalo.
Prior to becoming an artist, Rogers earned her BA degree at Harvard and her
DVM degree (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine) at Tufts Veterinary School.
Awarded the African Wildlife Medicine and Conservation Fellowship, Rogers
trained in South Africa working hands-on with elephants, lions, rhinos, hippos,
giraffe, zebras and more. During this time she was filmed for the thirteen-episode
documentary, The Great African Wildlife Rescue (produced by Disney and shown
on Animal Planet Channel and the Disney International Channel). She taught at
Tufts Veterinary School and wildlife conservation medicine courses in South
Africa. Rogers has been featured in several wildlife television shows, including
four episodes of Animal Face-Off (Discovery Channel) as an on-camera expert.
As an artist, Rogers has shown her work in Maine, New York, Tennessee,
Michigan, Canada, and China, with several pieces in the permanent collections of
Colgate University (Hamilton, NY), Paul Smith’s College (Paul Smiths, NY), and
the Allan Brooks Nature Centre (Vernon, BC, Canada), as well as private
collectors. Rogers completed a year-long residency at Paul Smith’s College in
New York and a one month residency at Caetani Cultural Centre (BC, Canada).
She has taught at Colgate University (Human Biology: Science, Society, and Art)
and State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo and at Morrisville. She
currently lives in Providence, Rhode Island with her husband and dog.