Roger Halligan has been creating sculpture professionally since the mid seventies. After graduating with an MFA with honors in Studio Arts from the University of Georgia in 1977 he moved to North Carolina where he was an exhibit designer for the North Carolina Zoological Park for 15 years. In 1993, he was awarded the State of North Carolina Governor’s Award for Excellence for his work in the design and construction of the Sonora Desert Exhibit. He left the zoo in 1992 to devote his time to his fine art and sculptural hardscape work in the private sector.
His art is in many public and private collections, including the Weatherspoon Museum, Greensboro, NC; the Maitland Museum in Maitland, FL; and the William King Museum, Abingdon, VA. The cities of Greensboro, Carrboro and Raleigh, NC and Chattanooga, TN also own his sculpture. He is in the collections of the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching, Cullowhee, NC; the Triad Regional Farmers Market in Colfax, NC., and the Center for Craft Creativity and Design in Hendersonville, NC. His work can be seen regularly at the Lee Hansley Gallery in Raleigh, NC and at Chenoweth . Halligan Studios in Chattanooga, TN.
Some of his other distinctions include curating the Just Racin’ – Artists look at NASCAR exhibition for the Green Hill Center for North Carolina Art and being selected as Artist in Residence at the North Carolina Zoological Park in 1997. Halligan is also a founding member and past president of the Tri State Sculptors Educational Association, Inc. and the current Vice President of the Mid South Sculpture Alliance.
In 2007, he was awarded an ArtsMove Chattanooga Grant and relocated his studio and home to downtown Chattanooga, Tennessee.