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Roger Welch

Roger Welch (b. 1946) is an American, conceptual artist who is known for his work in Multi-Media Installation, Video Art, and Conceptual Narrative Art. Born in Westfield, New Jersey, Welch received his BFA in 1969 from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, received his MFA in 1971 from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and completed the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program in 1970-71.

 

Together with John Baldessari, William Wegman, and others, he co-founded the Narrative Art movement, as well as pioneering explorations of memory and identity as an art form. Among his best known works are Memory Maps (1973), Niagara Falls (1974), O.J. Simpson Project (1977), and Drive In: Second Feature (1982). 


Welch has been the subject of solo exhibitions at numerous, global institutions including 112 Greene Street, NY, NY (1971), Sonnabend Gallery, New York, NY (1972), John Gibson Gallery, New York, NY (1973), Milwaukee Art Center, Milwaukee, WI (1974), Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY (1977), Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City, Mexico (1980), P.S.1 Institute for Art and Urban Resources, Long Island City, NY (1980), Whitney Museum of American Art, NY (1982), and many more. He has participated in group shows in documenta Kassel (1972), Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, Belgium (1974), Galerie Daniel Templon (1976), Contemporary Art Museum, Houston, TX (1978), Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France (1980), New Museum (1981), Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA (1987), among others. In addition to his rich exhibition history, Welch has also been the recipient of awards from the New York State Council on the Arts, C.A.P.S. (1973, 1976) and the National Endowment for the Arts (1974, 1980).