Roger Carlton Sherman, the Council's longest-serving member passed away Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019. Roger joined the Arts Council in 2010, and served as chair December 2011─December 2013.
Roger was active in the arts his entire life and first organized an exhibit with the Ambassador of France of the posters of Henri Toulouse-Lautrec in 1958 while a student at Lakeland Senior High School. While his degree was in Advertising and Communications, he studied art at Florida Southern College and Florida State University graduating with a BS in Advertising, Communications and Public Relations.
Roger was among the first to qualify as an accredited professional member of the American Society of Interior Designers. Roger served as Commissioner of the St. Petersburg Arts Commission, Chairman of the Henry B. Plant Museum in Tampa, Chairman of the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI), co-founded the Order of Salvador at the Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, and donated exhibitions to museums and libraries in Tampa, Lakeland, Brooksville, St. Augustine, Monson, and Plymouth Massachusetts.
He is a former Chairman of the Hernando Arts Council, Vice Chairman of the Brooksville Beautification Board, Vice Chair of the Great Brooksvillian Screening Committee, and an officer in the Historic Hernando Preservation Society, Inc.
Roger recently conceived of a new kind of art show at the Uptown City Gallery at Brooksville City Hall—“Off the Wall.” The show featured several local residents’ personal collections taken literally off their walls. The collection included paintings, prints, etchings, manuscripts, stained glass, silk embroidery and other items. Among the several items of historical significance was an illustrated manuscript on parchment C1650 contributed by Roger. This well-received event provided a unique opportunity to see the works collected by some Hernando County residents.
Roger’s biography, “Dining with Dukes” by local author Mary Moses, was published in 2016.
William Yerrick, current Arts Council Chairman, called for a moment of silence during the February council meeting and shared these comments: "Roger Sherman was a product of an age when one took pride in the dignity of being a gentleman. We saw, in him, a philosophy to overcoming obstacles toward cooperation and mutual respect, by sticking to a principle and seeking common cause. He represented an institutional memory of the Fine Arts Council."