About Don Rogers
Artist, Illustrator and Teacher
Born in Memphis, Tennessee, primed at Bob Jones University in Greenville S.C. and Columbus College of Art and Design in Columbus, Ohio, Rogers brought his unpolished talent and desire to be an illustrator to the South's Golden City of Atlanta. There, Rogers worked with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution while searching for illustration work. After about a year, an interview with Andy Di Martino, President of Graphicsgroup and Whistl'n Dixie, paid off and Rogers took his first step into the professional world of illustration. Up to this point no other accomplishment was as significant except possibly his month long stay at the 1977 Illustrators Workshop and Seminar in Tarrytown New York. There he studied under the top in the business-- Cober, Fuchs, Peak, English and Otnes. After 4 plus years with Graphicsgroup, Rogers jumped into full time freelance illustration. The first year was hard but the next year was better and better. Soon Rogers had worked with many national clients such as United Airlines, McDonald's Restaurants, British Airways, Proctor and Gamble, Ballantine Books, Boston Globe, Wendy's, GTE, Eucalyptus Tree Studios, Six Flaggs Over Georgia, Sylvania, Exxon Petroleum Company, Coca-Cola, Moody Press, Southern Baptist Convention and Cabbage Patch. However in early 1985, Rogers felt restless and the need to make some changes, like redirecting his portfolio, expanding contacts and searching for a high powered artist representative. As things have a way of working out, Rogers began teaching at the Savannah College of Art and Design in the fall. And, as plans for a new portfolio gave way to earning a MFA degree and developing course content took precedence over expanding contacts and searching for that high powered artist representative, Rogers settled into the position of professor in the illustration department. Then, in 1992 Rogers accepted the position of chair of the illustration department. Five years later Rogers returned to teaching full time allowing the position of chairman to pass on to someone else and is content with the roles of teaching and illustration.
2009 Plein-air painting accepted into the Richmond Illustration Club, Richmond, VA
2008 SILA, Blue Lincoln and Castro illustration accepted into the ILW48 and both images are posted on the SILA website.
2007 Illustrations accepted into 3 x 3 Pro Show;
Richmond Illustration Club, Richmond, VA;
Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles.
Illustrations accepted in the Blue Cubed Illustration and Applied Arts Illustration Annual competitions.
Illustrations accepted 2001 Applied Arts Illustration Annual, SILA - Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles
2000 Special Prize International Illustration Cybernet Competition 2000 Organized by the Society of Korean Illustrators.
1998 1st Place Mixed-media, 2nd Place Acrylics, Grass Roots Art Show, Guyton, GA
1998 Purchase Award, 1998-1999 Faculty Exhibition, Savannah College of Art and Design.
1994 Graphis Publication call trade publication-for entries, New York Illustration accepted into Graphis Publication “Counting Sheep”
Advertising Club of Savannah Addys
1990 Gold for visual illustration for poster
1989 Silver for poster illustration
Silver for advertising client-Strachen Shippping
Silver for B&W visuals for Lazerline, Inc.
1986 Silver for poster illustration
1986 Bronze for poster illustration
Education: Bob Jones University, 1976, Columbus College of Art and Design,1977, Los Angeles University, 1986, Savannah College of Art and Design, MFA, 1992. 1977 Illustrators Workshop and Seminar in Tarrytown, New York, studied under the top in the business-- Cober, Fuchs, Peak, English and Otnes for a month long seminar/workshop. 1980 Illustrators Seminar in Columbus, Ohio with Fuchs, English, Cober and Otnes. 2000 Barnstone Studios, nine-week semester, five courses in the classical training of artists in the manner of the masters.