Roger Allan Cleaves uses a self-written fictional narrative titled The Land of the Forget Me Nots as a catalyst for his visual works of art. This created world is a place where a cast of minority characters interact with symbols and icons to comment about contemporary society using abstract figuration as a mode of expression. Cleaves’s work has ties to Afrofuturism and uses complex invention with a cohesive story-line to push the boundaries of his fictional story. He is represented by Bertrand Productions Gallery in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He lives close to his hometown of Memphis, TN.



2008-2011 University of Wisconsin-Madison, Masters of Fine Arts

2007 University of Memphis: Memphis, Tennessee, Bachelor of Fine Arts,

2006 Yale University, Yale Norfolk Summer School for the Arts


2017 National Endowment For the Arts Grant, Mississippi Arts Commission
2010 Graduate Opportunity Fellowship, University of Wisconsin at Madison

2010 Lois G. Roberts Scholarship, University of Wisconsin at Madison

2009 Lotterman Fellowship, University of Wisconsin at Madison

2008 Graduate Opportunity Fellowship, University of Wisconsin at Madison

2007 River Arts Festival Invitational, Memphis, TN

2007 24th Annual AMUM University of Memphis Merit Award

2006 Ellen Battell Stoekel Fellowship, Yale University

Bertrand Production Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Art on Paper Fair- Pier 36 – Manhattan, New York, Bertrand Productions
Dixon Museum Flower Exhibition
Memphis 2020 –Dixon Gallery and Garden Museum, Memphis, TN
Curator: Julie Pierotti
Voluntary Indirect – Traveling exhibition through TN, UT of Martin, UT of Knoxville, MTSU Curator: Clay Palmer
Monsters and Reveries- Two person exhibition.  Globe Dye Works Building- Philadelphia PA, Bertrand Productions Gallery
Monsters Marks- Group Exhibition. Art Museum University of Memphis, Memphis, TN Curator Sherry CM Lindquist
A World Away – Group Exhibition Mississippi Library Commission, Jackson, MS
The Forget Me Nots- Solo Exhibition, Marshall Arts, Memphis, TN
The Art of Science Exhibition  -Group Exhibition , Memphis, TN

Two of a Kind – Group Exhibition – Show Pen Residency, Denver, Colorado
Lost Boys – Solo Exhibition - Material Art Space, Memphis, TN
 Radio – Group Exhibition Pink Factory, Madison WI
Material Anthology Show – Group Exhibition- Memphis, TN Curated by Hamlett Dobbins
Sick And Twisted – Group Exhibition – Showpen Residency Denver Colorado, Curated by Donald Fondness


A Dozen or Something Twenty Somethings, Group Exhibition- Dean Jenson Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
The Magic Hour, Solo Exhibition -Art Loft Gallery, Madison Wisconsin

Uncompromised, Group Exhibition -Gelsy Verna Gallery, Madison Wisconsin

Strong Combinations, Electric Earth Gallery Space, Madison Wisconsin


Triple Crown, Art Loft Gallery, Madison Wisconsin
Imaginary Friends, Common Wealth Gallery, Madison Wisconsin

24th International Juried Show Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Juror Susan Kismaric, Summit, NJ

Forward,  Co-Prosperity Sphere, Chicago IL

15 Seconds,  Art Lofts Gallery, Madison Wisconsin


It’s My First Time, 7th Floor Gallery, Madison,WI

A Class of Hicks, Memphis College of Art Main Gallery, Memphis, TN
UW Madison Group Exhibition , The Priebe Gallery , Oshkosh, Wisconsin


Ties that Bind, Marshall Arts Gallery, Memphis,TN

New Kids on the Block, Project Lodge Galley, Madison, WI2007

AMUM 24th Annual Juried Student Show, Juror Gail Roberts

University of Memphis BFA Thesis show, Jones Gallery Memphis, TN

This is Not an Exit First Congregation Gallery, Memphis TN

RiverArts Festival Invitational, Jay Etkin Gallery Memphis, TN


Yale-Norfolk Student Show, Norfolk, Connecticut

Head Cases, AMUM caseworks

Fed Ex Forum presents New Talent, Fed Ex Forum HQ Exhibition, Memphis, TN

Art in the Park, University of Memphis, Theatrical and Fine Art collaboration.

Best of Class of 2006, Lantana Project Organization, Memphis, TN

AMUM 22nd Annual Student Show University of Memphis, AMUM, University of Memphis





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