Juanita Rogers

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Juanita Rogers
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Born(1934-05-12)May 12, 1934
Tintop, Alabama
DiedJanuary 26, 1985(1985-01-26) (aged 50)
MovementFolk art

Juanita Rogers (May 12, 1934, in Tintop, Alabama - January 26, 1985) was a self-taught American folk artist.[1] She was born in Tintop, Alabama to Thomas and Sally Rogers, although she claimed she was adopted after arriving in North Montgomery by carnival train at the age of five.[2] Her mother was part Creek Indian, and died when Juanita was about twenty.[2] Juanita attended a Catholic mission school.[2] She was married to Sol Huffman, who died in 1980.[2]

Rogers claimed her neighbor, famed Montgomery blues singer Clarence Carter, taught her to "make mud" at the age of five.[2] She is known for her clay sculptures of human, animal, and vessel forms, and uses mud, bones, and shells in her art. She is also known for pencil and tempera drawings, whose style has been compared to Hogarth by the New York Times.[2][3][4] Her influences are a mix of Native American and African American traditional cultures.[2]

Some of her work was based on television images, such as the Coneheads characters of Saturday Night Live.[4][5]

Her works have been displayed at London's Outsider Archives, the Art Brut Museum, in Lausanne, Switzerland, at the University of Mississippi, and at the Smithsonian Art Museum Renwick Gallery.[3][6][7]


  1. ^ "Artist Biography for Juanita Rogers". askArt. Retrieved 2017-03-25.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Souls grown deep : African American vernacular art of the South. Arnett, Paul., Arnett, William. (1st ed.). Atlanta, Ga.: Tinwood Books. 2000. ISBN 9780965376600. OCLC 44496372.
  3. ^ a b "Juanita Rogers - Biography". Anton Haardt Gallery. Retrieved 2017-03-25.
  4. ^ a b Raynor, Vivien (1988-08-21). "ART; Folk Themes and Memories in Show by 9 Black Women". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-03-25.
  5. ^ G., Congdon, Kristin (2011). American folk art : a regional reference. Hallmark, Kara Kelley. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO. ISBN 9780313349362. OCLC 782906071.
  6. ^ "McComas exhibit featuring 'outsider art' from Jackson collection". Mississippi State University. 2015-08-28. Retrieved 2017-03-25.
  7. ^ "Juanita Rogers". Smithsonian American Art Museum. Retrieved 2017-03-25.