Bobby Rogers
Bobby Rogers

What does it take to be a top seller at the annual MCAD Art Sale? We asked Bobby Rogers, one of the best of the last two decades, to talk us through his experience and share his secrets. 

Bobby Rogers ’14 is a photographer and visual artist working in Minneapolis and New York. He began his career exploring work on mental illness and addiction; then the DIY aesthetics of street culture and its influence on high fashion. Today, he’s investigating revolutionary ideologies reshaping Black futurity and works as the official photographer of the Walker Art Center.

What medium do you primarily work in?


What has MCAD meant for you in terms of launching your creative career?

MCAD was an incubator of sorts for my creative development. I spent more time in my studio than I did at home. Always creating. I loved it.

Where are you now in your career?

I am currently the official photographer for the Walker Art Center and a practicing independent visual artist. My practice spans three realms: creating and managing work for the Walker, developing personal fine art photo-based projects, and completing client work.

Can you describe a memorable sale or moment from the Art Sale?

A defining moment of clarity which solidified my confidence in my artistic journey happened during my third year at the Art Sale when, two minutes into the sale, the then president of MCAD, Jay Coogan, purchased one of my first photography-based works. That gave me an amazing sense of self-assurance. I knew then that I was on the right track.

What do you love about making art?

The compelling sense of freedom, and also the responsibility that comes with it.

Have you ever done an art swap for something from the Art Sale?

I have. Last year I did a swap with my friend and one of my favorite local artists, Greta Kotz. Her work is ravishing and possesses an amount of detail and beauty that leaves me speechless every time.

Is there any Art Sale work by classmates or alumni that has inspired you?

Jared Tuttle, Greta Kotz, Connor Rice, Ben Currie, Lindsay Splichal, Anthony Konigbagbe, Luisa Rivera, and Leslie Barlow, are a few of the many artists, friends, and former classmates I can think of that have inspired me in a multitude of ways throughout my undergraduate and Art Sale career.

What Art Sale advice would you give to young MCAD artists?

Somehow the Art Sale always seemed to sneak up on me. My advice would be to use your foresight and start preparing for the Art Sale as early as possible. 


Additional Top Sellers

*Note that the term "Top Seller" is defined both in sales and number of pieces sold.