Kent Rogowski is an artist/photographer living and working in Brooklyn, NY. Kent’s works are often provocative and whimsical manipulations of objects and images that surround us in our daily lives. From teddy bears to jigsaw puzzles and self help books, he uses and alters mass-produced consumer products as a vehicle for self expression. By transforming the generic into something personal, Kent questions what these products communicate, and also what role they play in our culture.

His first monograph, Bears, was published by powerHouse books in 2007. He has shown his work both nationally and internationally with solo shows in New York at the Jen Bekman Gallery and the Foley Gallery and the In Focus Gallery in Cologne, Germany. In 2000, Kent received his MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, where he is now a Senior Critic. He has also taught at The Pratt Institute and The School of Visual Arts in New York.

In addition to his artwork, Kent actively shoots and takes on a variety of commercial projects.


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Commercial Portfolio

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2017Love=Love, University of Mississippi
  • 2015Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, Oregon
  • Fold – Bridgewater State University, Massachusetts
  • 2012I Can’t Stop Thinking About Yesterday – Jen Bekman Gallery, New York
  • 2009Bears – In Focus Gallerie, Cologne, Germany
  • 2008Love=Love – Jen Bekman Gallery, New York
  • Bears (Traveling Exhibition) – Bryan Art Gallery, Conway, South Carolina
  • 2007Bears – The Foley Gallery, New York, New York
  • 2005Someday it will happen, Gallery Alloy, Newport, Rhode Island
  • 2000Future(Perfect), Market House Gallery, Providence, Rhode Island
  • 1999Possible Worlds, Market House Gallery, Providence, Rhode Island

Group Exhibitions / Art Fairs

  • 2016Fabulous Failures – Rencontres d’Arles 2016, Arles, France
  • The Art of Making Collages- Strohl Art Center, Chautauqua, New York
  • Love 2016- Columbia University, New York
  • 2014Well Read– Photo Center NW, Seattle
  • New Visions of the West – Whitespace, Utah
  • 2013Landmark – The Somerset House, London
  • Reframe Photo Festival – Eindhoven, Netherlands
  • Ten – Jen Bekman Gallery, New York
  • Lingo – Cheryl Hazan Gallery, New York
  • [Photo]gogues: New England – Flash Forward Festival, Boston
  • International Festival of Photography of Belo Horizonte, Brazil
  • 2012Get It Louder (Traveling Exhibition), Beijing and Shanghai, China
  • Images – Festival des arts visuels de Vevey, Switzerland
  • rolemodelplaytime – David Winton Bell Gallery, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island
  • Critical Mass – Photo Center NW, Seattle
  • Critical Mass – Newspace Center for Photography, Portland
  • Critical Mass – Rayko Photo Center, San Francisco
  • 2011Art.Fair Cologne – w/ In Focus Gallerie
  • 2010Pulse, Miami – w/ Jen Bekman Gallery, New York
  • 2009Summer Reading – Jen Bekman Gallery, New York
  • 2008It’s Nice That: Original Format – The Viewpoint Gallery, Plymouth College of Art, UK
  • X Marks the Art– Jen Bekman Gallery, New York
  • Summer Fun – White Box, New York
  • 2007Aqua Art Fair, Miami – w/ Foley Gallery, New York
  • Bridge Art Fair, London- w/ Foley Gallery, New York
  • 2006The Pursuit of Happiness – Sarah Bowen Gallery, Brooklyn, New York
  • Emerge 7 – Aljira Center for Contemporary Art, Newark New Jersey
  • No Money Down – Limited Engagement, Newark, New Jersey
  • 2005Biennial Faculty Exhibition – RISD Museum, Providence, Rhode Island
  • 2001AIM 21 (Artist in the Marketplace) – Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York
  • 2000MFA Student Exhibition – RISD Museum; Providence, Rhode Island


  • 2007BEARS: Photographs by Kent Rogowski, PowerHouse Books/Miss Rosen Editions


  • 2016RISD Professional Development Grant
  • 2015RISD PTFA Grant
  • 20062006 Villa Serbelloni – Guest Artist – Bellagio, Italy
  • 2005Emerge 7 Fellowship – Aljira Center for Contemporary Art
  • 2001Artist in the Marketplace, Residency – The Bronx Museum for the Arts
  • 1999Fellowship- RISD Photography Department
  • T.C. Colley Award- RISD Photography Department
  • Emerging Artist Award: Finalist – Calumet/Friends of Photography
  • 1998Center Award – Center for Photographic Art
  • Critic’s Residency, Maryland Art Place


  • 2000Rhode Island School of Design – MFA Photography (Honors)
  • 1996University of Maryland, Baltimore County – BFA Interdisciplinary studies: Photography and Anthropology


  • 2012TEDx Cooper Union – Found In Translation
  • 2011Rhode Island School of Design
  • 2010Pratt Institute
  • 2009Rhode Island School of Design

Related Professional Experience

  • 2003-Senior Critic – Rhode Island School of Design, Photography Department
  • 2012Adjunct Faculty – School of Visual Arts, Photography Department
  • 10-12Visiting Associate Professor – Pratt Institute, Photography Department
  • 2005Producer – Al Otro Lado (documentary film)
  • Screenings include: 2008 Whitney Biennial, National Broadcast on POV (PBS) and Theatrical Release at The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Selected Bibliography

  • 2016Kessels, Erik, “Failed It,” Phaeton.
  • Busch, Dennis and Kwanten, Robert “The Age of Collage 2,” Gestalten.
  • 2014Ewing, William (Compiler), “Landmark,” Thames & Hudson.
  • Brooks, Katherine “It Turns Out Teddy Bears, Ripped Open And Forced Inside Out, Are Pure Horror,” The Huffington Post, Arts and Culture, Web, November 7.
  • Hooton, Christopher “Teddy bears turned inside out are pure nightmare fuel,” The Indepenent (UK), Web, November 7.
  • Sala, Virginia Della, “Simpatici o terrificanti?,” La Repubblica (Italy), Web, November 8.
  • Sanchez, Gabriel, “Cute Teddy Bears Flipped Inside Out Are Super Creepy,” BuzzFeed, Web, October 31.
  • 2013Callegari, Jeanne, “Manual de instruções para a vida,” Vida Simples (Brazil), March.
  • Dennis Busch, Hendrik Hellige, and Robert Klanten (Compiler), “The Art of Collage,” Gestalten Books, August.
  • 2012Amir, “This Collage is a puzzler,” Beautiful Decay, Web. February 28.
  • Foronada, Macey, ” Witty Pieces Of Art Made Out Of Self-Help Books,” BuzzFeed, Web, November 3.
  • Klanten, R. and Hubner, M (Compiler), “High Touch: Tactile Design and Visual Explorations,” Gestalten Books, September 25.
  • Krulwich, Robert, “Inside-Out Your Mind”, NPR, Web, March 5.
  • Sant’Anna, Alice, “Arte fora de contexto,” O Globo (Brasil), March 16.
  • Schreiber, Abby, “Book it: Images from Kent Rogowski’s new show, I can’t stop thinking about yesterday,” Paper Magazine, Web, October 19.
  • Miss Rosen, “I Can’t Stop Thinking About…,” Le Journal de la Photographie, Web, October 23.
  • Nastasi, Alison, “Colorful, Whimsical Puzzle Collages,” Flavorwire, Web, February 29.
  • Temple, Emily, “Kent Rogowski’s Whimsical Self-Help Book Collages,” Flavorwire, Web, December 17.
  • 2011Daily Mail Reporter, “The scare bear bunch.” The Daily Mail (UK), October 3.
  • Olivares, Rosa (Compiler), “Artificial Paradises,” Exit (Spain), #41, February.
  • 2010Keith, Kelsey, “Pic of the Day: Teddy Bear Picnic,” Flavorwire, Web, February.
  • 2009Masters, Dave, “Teddy Scares,”, The Sun (UK), Special Insert, January, 30.
  • 2008Baldwin, Rosecrans, Interview, “Puzzle Over and Over,” The Morning News, Web, February 4.
  • Pasulka, Nicole, Interview, “Wild Animals,” The Morning News, Web, July 13.
  • Rosen, Sara, “He Looks So Normal…,” The Telegraph (UK), Web, May 13.
  • Rossi, Letizia “Kent Rogowski: Love=Love,” Cool Hunting, Web, January 24.
  • 2007Bolhofer, Kitty, “Bears,” Style Magazine (Germany), June 2007.
  • Heller, Steven, “Book Review: Words Into Type,” review of Bears, by Kent Rogowski, The New York Times, September 9.
  • Kealoha, Ami, “Bears by Kent Rogowski,” review of Bears, by Kent Rogowski, Cool Hunting, Web, March 14.
  • Kozma, Andrew, “Bears,” review of Bears, by Kent Rogowski, Arts Houston, October.
  • McMorrow, Paul, “Bears,” The Weekly Dig- Boston, July 4.
  • Paricio, Pedro (Compiler), “Reverse Soul,” H Magazine (Spain), N 82, April.
  • Trolio, Jen, “Dust Jacket,” review of Bears, by Kent Rogowski, Readymade Magazine, August.
  • Verdone, Sara, “Rebuild-A-Bear Workshop,” Paper Magazine, July.
  • 2006Genocchio, Benjamin, “ART REVIEW; Tri-State Talent Search Hits a High Note,” The New York Times, August 6.
  • 2005Farnell, Cynthia, “Lonely hearts club,” The Mercury News, July 27.
  • 1998Dorsey, John, “Body and Soul,” The Baltimore Sun, June 23.
  • Frazier, Chester, “The Selling of Romance,” The Washington Review, April/May.
  • Nichols, Kathryn, “C.P.A. unveils new show,” The Monterey Herald, Jan. 29.
  • 1997Giuliano, Mike, “Picks of the Litter; A show of Critics’ Choices at MAP,” The City Paper, March 25.