About The Artist
Art and science have been driving forces behind Jeff Rouse’s life since he was a small boy. He began drawing seriously at the age of five and continued studies in ceramics and pottery throughout adolescence. In high school he considered a career in the arts, but chose instead to pursue a profession in the sciences. In 1971, Jeff enrolled at Albion College in Michigan to study for an undergraduate degree in biology and chemistry, with ceramics and drawing as elective subjects. He graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1975.
While subsequently studying for a degree in dentistry at Indiana University, Jeff continued his training in sculpture and pottery at the University of Indianapolis. His artistic skills served him well in his dental classes, where he displayed such a high level of dexterity that it was suggested he pursue post-graduate studies in the specialty of maxillofacial prosthodontics — the creation of artificial prostheses for patients needing face and/or neck reconstruction as a result of birth defects, accidents, or the ravages of disease. “It was a specialty that would allow me to sculpt,” Rouse explains, “and I knew that’s where I needed to be.” Jeff then opened his own dental practice in 1983, but continued with his studies at the Herron School of Art, where he began to take an interest in casting figures in bronze.
Jeff currently resides in New York City, where he recently completed a commission to honor basketball legend, Coach John Wooden. This large bronze was unveiled in downtown Indianapolis at Georgia and Meridian Streets on March 9th (view images from the unveiling). His other sculptures can be found in a number of private collections, including those of Christel DeHaan; Leo de Rothschild; The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra; Maestro Raymond Leppard; and the Museum for Sir Edward Elgar in Worchester, England.