Ellen’s Bio

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.