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Biography: Michael Rogers

Michael Rogers
Michael Rogers

Michael Rogers has spent the past decade teaching in the glass program at the Rochester Institute of Technology’s (RIT) School for American Crafts. For 11 years prior to that, he was the associate professor and head of the Glass Department at Aichi University of Education in Japan. He presents lectures around the world, and his work is held in several important collections, including that of the Suntory Museum in Japan, and The Corning Museum of Glass. Rogers was a co-chair of the 2016 Glass Art Society Conference in Corning.

In February and March 2017, Rogers worked at The Studio with Judy Tuwaletstiwa for a collaborative residency, during which time they focused on the concept of bringing together the concrete and the ephemeral.

“This collaboration is about transformation, about standing inside the fleeting moment, the amorphous present, as we work with an amorphous solid,” wrote Rogers and Tuwaletstiwa about their residency. “We want to enter this natural process during our residency, learn from it, and be transformed: to come home. We hope to catch the passage of time by creating pieces that are there and not there, that change and decay, as we explore other ways of imagining beauty and the dissolving moment. Working with intention, we shall pay equal attention to the unintentional.”

After meeting at the opening of the Contemporary Art + Design Wing, Rogers and Tuwaletstiwa began collaborating in Santa Fe, where Tuwaletstiwa works, and in Rochester, N.Y., where Rogers teaches at RIT. Their joint residency was an “experimentation based on years of being artists,” they said, “always asking, ‘What happens if …’ and then, seeing what happens.”