B.A., Middlebury College; M.S., Simmons College
Ruth R. RogersCurator of Special Collections
Book and manuscript studies, text and image, contemporary artists' books.
As Curator of Special Collections of the Clapp Library, Rogers teaches, acquires and administers a collection of over 40,000 items, including rare books, medieval and renaissance manuscripts, modern fine press books, and contemporary artists' books. Rogers specializes in the evolution of the book as material culture, visual communication and artistic form. Additionally, she lectures on the critical reading of artists' books and their research use in the academic curriculum; she has organized ABC: the Artists' Books Conference, held at Wellesley College, and published the related exhibition catalog, Resonance and Response.; and she has curated and juried a number of exhibitions, including the Minnesota Center for Book Arts International Artist Book Award, the College Book Art Association members' exhibition and Seductive Alchemy: Books by Artists, held at Texas Woman's University in 2013. She recently guest-curated an exhibition at Lesley University College of Art and Design in March and April of 2016 titled "Reading with the Senses." In May of 2016 she served as the Arthur P. Williams Lecturer for the MFA in Book Arts at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.
Exhibition Catalog, Reading with the Senses