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Dr. Robert Rogan, Exceptional Modern Artist, Professor, and Mentor: Photos of His Art

I live in Houston, and I have worked as a nurse. My interests include art, traveling, reading, gardening, cooking, and our wonderful pets.

 Rogan painting

Rogan painting

Robert Rogan

Writing about Dr. Robert Rogan (known to family members as Bob) is near and dear to my heart. Sharing some information about this extraordinary man who is my husband's great uncle through marriage is my great pleasure for this my 200th post on HubPages. He is indeed not only a talented artist and professor. Bob Rogan has also been a mentor and exceptional person to many who have been fortunate enough to have crossed his path.

My husband was about 4 or 5 years old when Bob's wife Ann introduced him to family members at a family gathering in Iowa.

Ann was the youngest sibling of my husband's maternal grandmother. My husband's mother was only about seven years younger, so they were raised like sisters. Thus the relationship was close.

Rogan painting

Rogan painting

Academic Experience and Education History

Robert Rogan had Midwestern roots (as did my husband's family) and started his academic career as an instructor at Fort Dodge Junior College in 1950.

He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Washburn University in 1948. He followed that with a Masters of Fine Arts degree from the University of Iowa in 1950. In 1964 Robert Rogan attained his Doctorate in Education at the University of Kansas.

His career path led him to the following institutions:

  • Instructor at the University of Nebraska, Omaha, from 1951 - 1954.
  • Professor of Art at Central Missouri State University from 1954 - 1959.
  • Instructor at the University of Kansas in Lawrence from 1959 - 1961.
  • And finally, Dr. Rogan was a Professor of Art and the Department Head at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, from 1961 to 1990 when he retired from his long and satisfying academic career.

Art Appreciation

My husband credits his great uncle by introducing him to art and cultivating his interest in art appreciation.

My husband's dad had died when my husband was still a toddler. His mother had relocated to San Antonio, Texas, from Iowa and was busy earning a living as a pharmacist. Ann and Bob would often visit family members in San Antonio. Bob would take my husband and his two boys to McNay Art Institute and other museums for a fun daytime outing when that would occur.

Because of Bob's genuine enthusiasm and knowledge of the subject matter, artistic creations came alive in my husband's mind and were no longer merely static canvasses of color adorning walls but became something much more. Each piece told a story no matter which art medium was on view.

Different Styles of Painting

Most artists like to experiment with different styles of artistic expression. Being a professor of art, Bob Rogan would have had additional reasons for experimentation. After all, he was a teacher!

In a few of his paintings, he used the dribble or drip approach Jackson Pollock made famous. This Pollock painting style was not his usual expression style, but it made for some colorful canvasses.

Beaumont Home and Art Studio

The first time I visited Ann and Bob at their home in Beaumont, I was fascinated! They were both warm, welcoming, intelligent, and genuinely kind people.

As a person who has dabbled with creating art for most of my life, here was a living and breathing art gallery. Every room of their home held another beautiful collection of creations. I took some photos and wish now that I had taken even more.

Most exciting of all was Bob's art studio! He had converted his garage into his studio. It was brimming with his creations, and many of the canvasses stacked one against another. There was not enough room on the walls to hold everything. Also, some paintings and works of art given to him by his students helped fill the walls with a vibrant mix of colors and styles.

Easels, vast collections of brushes, and other artist supplies were also there with artworks. Some paintings were still in progress. It was quite simply a wonderland and feast for the senses!

As much as Robert Rogan loved creating art, he admitted to my husband one day that he loved teaching it even more. He loved opening this vast world of artistic expression and helping students explore it while on their journey to becoming artists in their own right.

Serving as an instructor Dr. Rogan became a mentor to many of his students who thought the world of this warm and gentle soul. Several of his students have received accolades, and at least one has even published an art book. Bob still has some former students visit him though it has been years since he headed the art department at Lamar University. My husband has personally met several former students of his great uncle who have personally attested to great admiration for their former professor.

The painting of doves was my mother-in-law's favorite painting of Bob's, which used to hang in the Rogan's living room.

The painting of doves was my mother-in-law's favorite painting of Bob's, which used to hang in the Rogan's living room.

Exhibitions and Sales

For many years Bob would display some of his art in different exhibitions at museums and universities, and other venues, even winning prizes. Still, he truly hated to sell his works. Occasionally he would let a piece go and then wish that he had kept it. They were like his babies, everyone near and dear to his heart.

Once he decided to start letting some of his pieces go, suddenly the word spread like wildfire, and people began knocking on his door to collect his works. Many of the photos in this post may or may not be available any longer.

The first piece of Rogan's work sold at William Reaves Fine Arts gallery in Houston was the dove painting. It was on display at their Three Professors At Work exhibition in June - July of 2008. It had a red dot (sold sticker) on it before the official opening of the exhibit! I am happy that I had taken a photo of it and can remember it visually in addition to having just a fond memory of that particular painting. Hopefully, the new owner appreciates it as much as we did.

The photos below as they were on display in the William Reaves Art Gallery show an abstracted nude mingling amid Bob's other works. That voluptuous nude painting used to hang in the Rogan bedroom, and Bob had told us that it was his abstracted interpretation of his beloved wife, Ann. What an outstanding tribute to their love and long marriage that has surpassed the Golden Anniversary (50 years of marriage) some time ago!

Art Inspiration

Inspiration for Robert Rogan's paintings has come from many familiar surrounding sources. Beaumont, Texas, has an active shipping industry, and cranes hoisting supplies of all types on and off of ships is a commonplace activity.

Can you see that in this painting exhibited below? Notice the reflections in the water? Or do you see farm equipment during harvest time?

Although I am mostly a self-taught artist, Bob's interest in what I have accomplished has always seemed genuine. It is no wonder that his former students still enjoy visiting with him. Art is a subject and discussion that he relishes.

If we only lived closer, it would have been fun to have spent some time with him while working in his home studio. We saw a canvas in progress with a relatively realistic grouping of flowers he intended to make more abstract. Watching him work would have been a priceless education in and of itself.

Hearing stories about some of the mediums he has utilized through the years was fascinating. At one point, Bob used automotive paints and created amazingly vibrant colors until it became known decades later that this type of paint could be toxic. This medium is no longer in use, but the canvasses already painted are terrific!

Robert Rogan painting

Robert Rogan painting

My husband and his great uncle Bob petting our dog Reggie

My husband and his great uncle Bob petting our dog Reggie

Family Member and Friend

In my husband's early paper industry career, he traveled from Houston to Beaumont and Port Arthur every two weeks, making sales calls. He always made a point of stopping in to see and visit with his great aunt and uncle. They shared many dinners in the Rogan home. He fondly remembers those days! As he got promoted and eventually ended up running a paper company, those travel days to that part of the world ended. Still, his memories are ones to relish forever. While the visits may have been less frequent, genuine affection remains strong.

The picture above shows Bob petting our dog Reggie in my mother-in-law's home in San Antonio. My husband is standing next to Bob, and the year was 1989. He and his wife Ann had traveled from Beaumont to San Antonio for a visit, and we traveled from Houston to be able to see them.

Hopefully, by seeing a few of Robert Rogan's art creations, you have gained some insight into this gentleman's artistic genius. Bob has created different types of art using other mediums throughout his long and successful art career. He was a longtime head of the Art Department at Lamar University in Beaumont. The style of the majority of his paintings is most recognizable as being a distinctive Robert Rogan creation.

It has been my great honor to shed some extra light upon this noted and exceptional artist that we know and love as a family member and friend. He encompasses all the qualities one would seek in such an individual were you fortunate enough to know him as we do.

Update

Bob quietly passed on to be with his beloved wife on October 7, 2020. Both of them will remain in our hearts and fond memories as long as we live.

Foltz Fine Art now represents his work at 2143 Westheimer Road, Houston, Texas 77098. Telephone: 713-521-7500

Location where Dr. Rogan's art is available for sale.

Robert Rogan painting hanging in our home.

Robert Rogan painting hanging in our home.

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2010 Peggy Woods

Comments are welcomed. Thanks!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 26, 2020:

Hi Beverly,

Bob truly was a kind and very special person. Thanks for taking the time to comment on this article showing some of his art.

Beverly on October 26, 2020:

Really enjoyed seeing the art of Dr. Rogan. Judging by your writing and photos, he must have been a very special person.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 16, 2020:

Hi Denise,

Thanks for your condolences. Bob had so many students that continued visiting him through the years after he retired. He was much loved and respected.

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on October 16, 2020:

Oh dear, I'm sorry for your loss. He was a remarkable artist and I would have loved to be one of his students. They are all blessed to have been under his tutelage.

Blessings,

Denise

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 23, 2019:

Hi Patricia,

We will look forward to visiting Bob sometime soon. It is always a pleasure spending time with him. Thanks for your comment and the pin. Enjoy the rest of your holidays.

Patricia on December 23, 2019:

His work is quite something. What a fortunate student it was to have learned under his tutelage. I am awed by an artist's gift of seeing and translating their vision into something amazing to behold

Thank you for sharing. Pinning to my art board. ps

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 24, 2017:

Hi Terri,

Thanks for leaving this comment. The next time we call Bob I intend to ask him about his father and the type of art he created. It would be nice to have paintings done by Bob as well as his father. My husband had met Courtney...Bob's father but I never knew him.

Terri on December 24, 2017:

Thank you for sharing Bob's story. I enjoy his art. His father CC Rogan was also a painter and a wonderful person. I have a canvas painting by CC in my living room and have enjoyed for over 40 years. I will look into purchasing one of Bob's to hang next to his fathers work.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 04, 2014:

Hi Au fait,

That is interesting about the disc in that 2nd painting. I did not grow up on a farm so do not know much about farm equipment. It is interesting that even things like farm equipment can be made into art. Thanks for sharing the work of Robert Rogan with others. It was my pleasure to be able to feature so much of his work.

C E Clark from North Texas on July 03, 2014:

I recognized the disc in the second photo immediately. The one you have labeled 'farm equipment.' I don't know how much you know about farming, but having grown up on a farm, the disc was used to break up ground that had lain fallow for a long time and so it was not easy to break it up. First the disc a few times around and then the plow. The plow might not even be able to break the ground up if used first on a field that had not been worked in many years.

I think it's interesting that one can turn an ordinary piece of equipment into a work of art. I like that idea. Glad I found this article of yours. I think it's fascinating. The wall of art is really amazing too.

Pinning this to my 'Art & Interior Design' board, voted up and BAI, and sharing with followers.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 25, 2014:

Hello kerlund74,

Happy to be able to share some of these wonderful paintings by Dr. Rogan with you. He enjoys abstracting his work.

kerlund74 from Sweden on February 23, 2014:

Interesting art, I really like some of the more abstract ones. Thank you for sharing.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 03, 2012:

Hi alocsin,

You have a good eye in recognizing that retro look. Many of these paintings were done in the 1950s to 1960s. In fact, the gallery in Houston that is featuring some of Bob's work specializes in representing artist's work from that era. Thanks for your comment and votes.

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on November 02, 2012:

I'm wondering when Bob created a lot of the art you're showing here. The abstract ones definitely have a retro feel about them. Voting this Up and Beautiful.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 12, 2011:

Hi Mark,

You could check with William Reeves Fine Art Gallery...the link is above...to see what the pricing is on that or perhaps other Dr. Robert Rogan lithographs that they might have in their possession. Bob will be pleased to know that you appreciated it! Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 16, 2010:

Hi Kosmo,

Glad that you got to see some of Robert Rogan's art in this hub and thanks for the comment. You certainly seem to know a lot about art and the different styles.

Kelley Marks from Sacramento, California on September 16, 2010:

You certainly do a very good job of arranging the elements in your hubs! Anyway, I really like the work of Robert Rogan. He hasn't stuck with one particular style his whole career. Regarding such, I see many apparent influences in his work - Pollock, de Kooning, Matisse. On a related note, I wrote a story about my deceased friend, artist Arco Tung-Sol but, unfortunately, I couldn't photograph any of his "fine art," and the hub suffers because of it. You did a very good job of photographing Rogan's work. Kudos to you. Later!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 12, 2010:

Hi Micky Dee,

Glad you liked this artwork created by Robert Rogan. We are keeping him updated as to all the nice comments coming in like yours. Thanks!

Micky Dee on August 12, 2010:

Very nice! Soothing work! Thanks again Peggy!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 05, 2010:

Hi agusfanani,

Yes, a painters' soul is often expressed via his canvasses or other forms of art. Bob Rogan will be happy to hear about your complimentary comment. Thanks!

agusfanani from Indonesia on August 04, 2010:

He's a great artist, he mastery in art is just simply described by his wonderful creations..

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 01, 2010:

Hi Cheryl,

Glad to have been able to share Bob Rogan's paintings with you in this way. We love his art! We will have to get together for another visit soon. Hugs to you.

Cheryl on August 01, 2010:

Thanks for sharing the beautiful art work and history of your great uncle Bob. I love each of the paintings. I really felt connected to the painting of the lady on the bed relaxing and the quiteness of the doves. His artwork is very calming.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 31, 2010:

Hello Seakay,

That is the wonderful thing about original art. Everyone can make their choices and there is no right or wrong. Robert Rogan (our great uncle Bob) will be interested in this sharing of opinions as to which of his paintings are appreciated the most. I guess that is one reason why the one with the doves sold instantly. You have good taste! :-)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 31, 2010:

Hi Mardi,

The painting with the doves was definitely my mother-in-law's favorite and we liked it also. I appreciate abstracted art more than I did when I was younger. The colors and symbolism in some of Robert Rogan's paintings is wonderful. Understanding what influenced them makes it even more interesting. Glad you are back and thanks for the comment.

Seakay from Florida on July 31, 2010:

These are incredible! Yes, I agree with Mardi .... the birds have it!

Mardi Winder-Adams from Western Canada and Texas on July 31, 2010:

Wow Peggy these are beautiful.The one with the birds is my favorite. I have been away from Hubpages for awhile with work and this just reminds me what I am missing. All the best of luck in your next 200 hubs!!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 31, 2010:

Hello sarovai,

You are most welcome. Thanks for taking a look at Robert Rogan's art.

sarovai on July 31, 2010:

It is nice to hear about Robert Rogan. His modern art painting are self explanatory one. Thank u for sharing .

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 30, 2010:

Hello nifty@50,

I would agree that Robert (Bob) Rogan's art has great color and symmetry. Thanks for the congratulations and comment.

nifty@50 on July 30, 2010:

Congratulations on your 200th hub! Robert Rogan's personality comes through in these paintings. He has a great sense of color and symmetry!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 30, 2010:

Hello ramya241,

I would agree with you that Robert Rogan is a great artist. Thanks for the comment!

ramya241 on July 30, 2010:

Hi Peggy,

Really a great artist..... seen all his painting... amazing... Thanks for posting such a nice Hub.... looking forward for more hubs like this...

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 30, 2010:

Hello Martha Castillo,

Thanks for leaving a comment and I am happy to have introduced Robert Rogan's art to you. The folks at City Hall are obviously enjoying your nephew's work! Congratulations to him!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 30, 2010:

Hello E M Smith,

Yes, Robert Rogan has certainly developed a "great style" of his own. It was easy to recognize his paintings from the other 2 professor's works at the William Reaves Fine Arts gallery showing even if I had not been able to read the artist's names. As you said...simple but effective. Probably the hardest to effectively create. Thanks for viewing and leaving a comment.

Martha Castillo on July 30, 2010:

Wow what I different style........I also have a nephew who has had his work exhibited in City Hall a couple of times a year. This work is really awesome.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 30, 2010:

Hi Billy,

Will go back to your link and see if it is still busy or if I can access it now. Am curious... Will tell Bob that "Robert Rogan, an exceptional Artist, Professor, Mentor and Person" has now been tweeted! Thanks!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 30, 2010:

Hi Mike Lickteig,

We have undoubtedly all had instructors in the past (regardless of subject) that stood in front of us as their job but not for love of what they were doing. Not so in Dr. Robert Rogan's case! He loved teaching!

Thanks for the wonderful and insightful comment above.

Bob is still creating art but much more slowly. Hurricane Rita damaged their home and his dear wife has been ill thus diverting his efforts elsewhere. Hopefully those times spent in his studio bring him great pleasure. He deserves it!

E M Smith from Kingston-Upon-Hull on July 30, 2010:

Some of his work looks simplistic yet effective. He had great style

billyaustindillon on July 30, 2010:

Peggy I am sure people will appreciate his work it is unique and stands on it's own feet for followers of modern art. He just needs to get into the right galleries around Houston I think. I have tweeted the hub for you - I saw your reply about joining up :)

Mike Lickteig from Lawrence KS USA on July 30, 2010:

Peggy, what a fabulous tribute you've made to someone who was clearly a tremendous talent. I was pleased to see that Mr. Rogan had some ties to my hometown of Lawrence and KU, as well as nearby Washburn University.

The talent and skills of Mr. Rogan are apparent to everyone who sees this article. The use of color and bold lines is magnificent, and even the most mundane subjects (the two fish on the platter, for example) are amazing. I was particularly struck by your comment that Mr. Rogan was more interested in teaching.

While I had many fine teachers and mentors along the way, I probably remember the poor teachers just as well--those painters who don't want to go it alone, and spend their careers in their campus studios while making brief appearances in their classroom to make a random and usually irrelevant comment before returning to their studio. As a student, I was forced to endure far too many disinterested instructors. It is nice to read about an artist who enjoyed teaching and wanted to help new talent develop. I hope the faculty at KU, Lamar University, Central Missouri State and his other stops recognized what a treasure they had in a talented man who truly wanted to teach.

Thanks for this amazing hub. Mr. Rogan was an extremely skilled and talented painter. Voted up and beautiful.

Mike

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 30, 2010:

Hi billaustindillon,

The idea of doing a hub about Bob's work has been simmering in my mind for some time. I just hope that people reading this get a small sense of just how wonderful this gentle giant of a man is to everyone around him and I hope that this hub does some justice to his abounding talent. Thanks for the ratings and comment.

billyaustindillon on July 30, 2010:

I was wondering what would Peggy bring for her 200th hub. Wow she brought us a fantastic art hub and so much art appreciation. What a lovely story with your husband and Robert Rogan. There are some great stories there and it is nice see Mr. Rogan shared his love of art with students - no doubt that helped him with art also. I really enjoyed the art images also. Thanks fro sharing - I rated it awesome and beautiful :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 29, 2010:

Greetings Hello, hello,

Thanks for the nice comment. Robert (Bob) Rogan will appreciate comments like yours! So happy that you got to see some of his marvelous works of art via the Internet.

Hello, hello, from London, UK on July 29, 2010:

Thank you, Peggy, for introducing me to such a great artist and his paintngs. Thank you for this wonderful hub.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 29, 2010:

Hi dahoglund,

I can only imagine how wonderful it must have been to have had Dr. Robert Rogan as an art teacher! As I said in the hub, my husband knows several former students who thought the world of him. Thanks for the speedy comment and I'll head on over to your Grant Wood hub.

Don A. Hoglund from Wisconsin Rapids on July 29, 2010:

Peggy W

it must have been gratifying to have learned from someone like that."lithograph" caught my eye.Yes it evokes the plains or the mid-west. It put me in mind of Grant Wood in my History of American Towns Part viii Stone City, Iowa and Grant Wood.However I only have one of his paintings on there "American Gothic."