Juanita Rogers

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Juanita Rogers
Born(1934-05-12)May 12, 1934
Tintop, Alabama
DiedJanuary 26, 1985(1985-01-26) (aged 50)
Montgomery, Alabama
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 made watercolor paintings.[3] She is also known for pencil and tempera drawings, whose style has been compared to Hogarth by the New York Times.[2][4][5] Her works draw from Native American and traditional African American cultures.[2]

Some of her work was based on television images, such as the Coneheads characters of Saturday Night Live.[5][6] By one estimate she created 300 works.[1]

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.[4][7][3]


  1. ^ a b "Artist Biography for Juanita Rogers". askArt. Retrieved 2017-03-25.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Arnett, Paul; Arnett, William (2000). Souls grown deep : African American vernacular art of the South (1st ed.). Atlanta, Ga.: Tinwood Books. ISBN 9780965376600. OCLC 44496372.
  3. ^ a b "Juanita Rogers". Smithsonian American Art Museum. Retrieved 2017-03-25.
  4. ^ a b "Juanita Rogers - Biography". Anton Haardt Gallery. Retrieved 2017-03-25.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ G., Congdon, Kristin (2011). American folk art : a regional reference. Hallmark, Kara Kelley. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO. ISBN 9780313349362. OCLC 782906071.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  7. ^ "McComas exhibit featuring 'outsider art' from Jackson collection". Mississippi State University. 2015-08-28. Retrieved 2017-03-25.