Saturday, December 20, 2008

Jon Shannon Rogers

December through January at
110 North State Street, Little Rock, AR 72201
By Appointment Only
Contact Shannon Rogers at 501-580-1882
or John Rogers at 502-372-2130

Jon Shannon Rogers was born in Little Rock, Arkansas. His instruction in art began at a young age with art classes in elementary school at Gibbs Magnet. In first grade he won a state art competition for a drawing of fellow classmates modeling in Mrs. Purvis’ art class. By eighth grade he was taking figure-drawing classes at the Arkansas Arts Center. After high school in 2003, Shannon enrolled with the University of Arkansas. Realizing art was more than a hobby for him, he decided to transfer to the University of Arkansas at Little Rock to take higher level art classes in preparation for his intended transfer to art school. By next fall he was in attendance at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he received the Presidents Scholarship as well as a Private Grant. For three years he studied rigorously with the faculty of the Art Institute in refining his skills in a variety of medium, but with a concentration on painting and drawing largely from observation, the last two years receiving the school’s leadership award. In the summer of 2007, Shannon attended the International School of Painting, Drawing, and Sculpture, a 6-week program of daily landscape and figure-in-landscape painting as well as drawing and figure sculpture in the Italian hilltop town of Montecastello di Vibio, taking weekend art history trips to surrounding cities like Florence, Rome, Bologna, etc. After the summer intensive, Shannon returned to Chicago to finish out his degree with the Art Institute and graduated in the spring of 2008. He has spent the subsequent months painting in and around his neighborhood of Pilsen on Chicago’s southwest side, and recently has moved back to Arkansas where he is managing The Art Scene gallery in downtown Little Rock and applying for graduate school.

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