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Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Fine Artist
Curator
Art History Professor
Museum Director

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Tacos, Fajitas
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Africa
Favorite Quote:
Nobody's Exempt.

Birthplace

Born:
10/22/1949
Birth Location:
Siler City, North Carolina

Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Fine Artist
Curator
Art History Professor
Museum Director

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Tacos, Fajitas
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Africa
Favorite Quote:
Nobody's Exempt.

Birthplace

Born:
10/22/1949
Birth Location:
Siler City
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Biography

Artist and art historian Kenneth Gerald Rodgers was born on October 22, 1949 in Siler City, North Carolina to Cornelia and Johnnie Rodgers, a data entry operator and laborer, respectively. Rodgers’ uncle inspired him to begin drawing at the age of seven, and Rodgers became a young caricaturist. He graduated from Chatham High School in 1967 and received a scholarship to attend North Carolina A&T State University where he majored in art design. At North Carolina A&T State University, Rodgers learned the technical aspects of drawing, painting, design and color, and he mastered skills in still life and portraiture. Rodgers graduated from North Carolina A&T State University in 1971 with his B.S. degree in art design and, in 1972, became a graduate assistant at the Weatherspoon Art Gallery where he studied exhibition design, mounting and crafting. He received his M.F.A. degree from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro in 1973.

Rodgers’ academic career progressed in 1974 when he was named director of the art program at Voorhees College. Leaving Voorhees in 1977, he assumed the position of assistant professor of art at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. In 1984, Rodgers began the "Art of the Modern World" series in Ocean City, Maryland. In 1990, he joined the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture and was charged with conserving, promoting and interpreting the history of black Marylanders and became chairman of the commission in 1993. As chairman, he supervised the Banneker-Douglass Museum in Annapolis, Maryland. Also in 1993, Rodgers was named associate professor of African American Art History at the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore and was also named Artist-in-Residence at Mesa State College in Colorado.

In 1996, Rodgers became director of the North Carolina Central University Art Museum, which houses the largest collection of African American art in the state. In this capacity, Rodgers served as organizer and curator of several high profile exhibits including Edward Mitchell Bannister: American Landscape Artist, Re-connecting Roots: The Silver Anniversary Alumni Invitational, Charles White: American Draughtsman, Elizabeth Catlett: Master Printmaker and William H. Johnson: Revisiting an African American Modernist. In 2006, Rodgers was named Professor of Art and Director of the North Carolina University Art Museum. He has published several art compilations including William H. Johnson: Revisiting an African American Modernist and Climbing Up the Mountain: The Modern Art of Malvin Gray Johnson. Rodgers painted the official portrait of the first African American member of the North Carolina Council of State and the first African American State Auditor for North Carolina, Ralph Campbell. Rodgers has received numerous research grants and awards including: a National Endowment for the Humanities for study at the Vatican Museums and the American Academy in Rome, a Fulbright-Hays Study Abroad award for research in Kenya and Tanzania, and grants from the North Carolina Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Duke-Semans Fine Arts Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation to support museum exhibitions and programs.

Rodgers is the father of two and lives in North Carolina with his wife, Shielda Glover Rodgers.

Kenneth Rodgers was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on June 22, 2007.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Kenneth G. Rodgers remembers his maternal great-grandmother
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  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Kenneth G. Rodgers describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Kenneth G. Rodgers describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Kenneth G. Rodgers remembers his childhood home
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Kenneth G. Rodgers describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Kenneth G. Rodgers remembers his neighborhood in Siler City, North Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Kenneth G. Rodgers describes himself as a student
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Kenneth G. Rodgers remembers his early interest in art
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Kenneth G. Rodgers recalls the racial tensions in Siler City, North Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Kenneth G. Rodgers remembers Corinth A.M.E. Zion Church in Siler City, North Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Kenneth G. Rodgers describes Chatham High School in Siler City, North Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Kenneth G. Rodgers describes his decision to attend North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Kenneth G. Rodgers recalls his first week of college
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Kenneth G. Rodgers describes his first painting experiences in college
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Kenneth G. Rodgers recalls his art courses at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Kenneth G. Rodgers describes his political and social involvement in college
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Kenneth G. Rodgers recalls the uprising after Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Kenneth G. Rodgers describes his decision to attend the University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Kenneth G. Rodgers remembers his first class in graduate school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Kenneth G. Rodgers describes the facilities at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Kenneth G. Rodgers talks about his artistic influences
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Kenneth G. Rodgers describes his experiences at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Kenneth G. Rodgers recalls applying to the North Carolina Museum of Art
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Kenneth G. Rodgers describes his position at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Kenneth G. Rodgers recalls his experiences at Voorhees College in Denmark, South Carolina
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Kenneth G. Rodgers talks about his family
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Kenneth G. Rodgers shares his favorite memories with his children
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Kenneth G. Rodgers remembers exhibiting at the Orangeburg Festival of Roses
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Kenneth G. Rodgers describes his painting, 'Cardplayers'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Kenneth G. Rodgers talks about his favorite artists
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Kenneth G. Rodgers describes his own artwork
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Kenneth G. Rodgers recalls his position at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Kenneth G. Rodgers remembers his exhibition of Edward Mitchell Bannister's work
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Kenneth G. Rodgers recalls his neighborhood in Princess Anne, Maryland
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Kenneth G. Rodgers describes the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Kenneth G. Rodgers remembers the Thurgood Marshall Memorial in Annapolis, Maryland
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Kenneth G. Rodgers describes his position at North Carolina Central University Art Museum
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Kenneth G. Rodgers describes his exhibition of Charles Wilbert White's work
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Kenneth G. Rodgers recalls his exhibition of Elizabeth Catlett's work
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Kenneth G. Rodgers describes the work of Malvin Gray Johnson
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Kenneth G. Rodgers recalls the exhibition 'Raising Renee and Other Themes'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Kenneth G. Rodgers reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Kenneth G. Rodgers reflects upon his artistic inspiration
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Kenneth G. Rodgers narrates his photographs