Biography and CV
Rosemary Sloggatt was born in Munich, Germany in 1959, the youngest child of a military family. She grew up in Asheville, North Carolina. The city’s thriving arts community offered stimulation as she began to draw and paint the world around her. One of a family of avid readers, the stories and illustrations she found in the books they read, have provided inspiration throughout her career.
The artist attended the North Carolina School of the Arts, in 1975, one of seven students accepted into the Visual Arts program that year. An intensive 2-year immersion into the visual arts followed. The opportunity to be engaged in art all day and often in the open studios in the evening confirmed her commitment to be an artist.
Ms. Sloggatt studied Fine Art at Parsons School of Design and Otis Art Institute, living in both Los Angeles and New York. During her time in New York City she worked as a page at the New York Public Research Library, in the Art, Prints, and Photographs Division. Access to the Gutenberg Bible, early Warhol folios, Japanese pillow books and Audubon’s hand tinted Birds of America cemented for her the connection between art and books.
Following undergraduate studies she enrolled at Bank Street College, completing a Master’s Degree in Museum Education. While pursuing a ten-year museum career she married and started a family. She joined the Great Neck Public Schools in 1995 and has taught art there for more than 20 years.
The time constraints imposed by motherhood and work made the book format ideal as a way to continue to make art. Her Japanese-style books – designed to be interrelated, depending on the number of pages seen at a time, were included in the Islip Art Museum’s The Art of the Book, 1991. Her print work on the subject on family, ‘Trinity’ was included in the Museum’s exhibit All in the Family in 2010.
She began work on her Fairy Tale Series during a mono-print workshop in Philadelphia with printmaker, Christine Stoughton. Rapunzel Writes a Letter is a series of prints reflecting on how Rapunzel might have spent her time in the tower. As part of this exploration she created work based on The Wizard of Oz, Hansel and Gretel, Little Red Riding Hood and Portraits of a Witch. ‘Little Red Riding Hood, A Cartography’ was included in IAM’s exhibit, New York Bound: International Book Arts Biennial, 2013.
In 2016 she exhibited Ogre Vases at the Bay Shore/Brightwaters Public Library. Based on a royal family of ogres, the sculptures are meant to be handled and opened. Two of the works, Pan and Dora, were selected for Private Viewing: For Your Eyes Only at the IAM, 2016.
In November 2016 Ms. Sloggatt mounted a solo exhibition, Growing Up, in the gallery of the East Islip Public Library. The exhibit included 42 works, created over a two-year period: paintings, prints, and shadow boxes, based on family photographs from Ms. Sloggatt’s childhood. The artist used traditional painting techniques to interpret the family images. The paintings reflect both the photographic processes prevalent at the time the photos were taken and the subsequent aging of the pictures, complete with fingerprints, creases and stains. Many of the images in the Growing Up series were of children. Ms. Sloggatt’s most recent work expands on that theme reflecting her experiences, personal and professional with young children. Her next solo exhibition is scheduled for fall of 2018.
EDUCATION: Bank Street College of Education
Master’s Degree, Museum Education, 1988
Parsons School of Design
Bachelor of Fine Arts, 1984
Otis Institute, College of Art and Design
Fine Arts Major, Dean’s List
North Carolina School of the Arts
High School Diploma, 1977
EXHIBITIONS: Spring Migration
Second Avenue Firehouse Gallery
The Art Guild at Elderfields Preserve
Member Artist Showcase
STAC Mills Pond Gallery, October, 2017
Face and Figure
The Art Guild at Elderfields Preserve
Solo Exhibition: Growing Up
East Islip Library, November 2016
Private Viewing: For Your Eyes Only
Islip Art Museum, Open Call 2016
Bay Shore/Brightwaters Public Library Ocober 2015
New York Bound: International Book Arts Biennial
Islip Art Museum, Open Call 2013
All in the Family
Islip Art Museum, Open Call 2010
The Art of the Book
Islip Art Museum, Open Call 1991
Private Collection, Thousand Oaks, CA
Private Collection, Bay Shore, NY
Private Collection, Sayville, NY
Private Collection, Jersey Heights, NJ
Private Collection, San Francisco, CA
AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS:
STAC Arts Council, Members Show, Winner, 2018
National Association of Women Artists Induction, 2017
Long Island Arts Alliance ‘Artist of the Month’, 2017
Great Neck Record, Art Teacher Accepted into National Association,
November 8, 2017
The Times of Smithtown, Creativity Abounds at STAC Member Showcase, Heidi Sutton, November 2, 2017
New York Times, Printed Books Are Alive and Sometimes Weird, Aileen Jacobsen, November 17, 2013
Berkshire Fine Arts, New York Bound, Islip Art Museum, Jay Schuck, November, 26, 2013