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Sulton Rogers

Oxford, Mississippi 1922

Oxford, Mississippi 2003

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  • Syracuse, New York

Luce Artist Biography

Mississippi folk artist Sulton Rogers learned carpentry skills from his father at a young age, using his pocket knife to carve animal figures. As an adult, he traveled around a lot before settling in Syracuse, New York, where he worked at a chemical plant;  Rogers took up carving again to help him stay awake during night shifts. After his retirement in 1984, he moved back to Mississippi, where he lived and carved for the remainder of his life. Rogers's wood carvings of snakes, vampires, grotesque human figures, and coffins were inspired by his dreams, which he called "futures."