Roger Brown hit his artistic stride at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), where he earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in 1968 and his Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in 1970. He launched into a successful professional career right out of graduate school and for 27 years, made paintings, sculpture, prints, sets and costumes for theatre and opera, and large-scale murals for architectural settings. An essential aspect of his artistic path was the creation of home, studio, and garden settings.

Expressing his gratitude for the contributions of SAIC to his remarkable career, Brown was an especially generous alum. He gave three homes and collections to SAIC (in Chicago; New Buffalo, Michigan; and La Conchita, California), as well as all of his paintings unsold at the time of his death, trusting us to use them all to perpetuate the creative process for successive generations of students and faculty.

While Brown did not teach at SAIC during his lifetime, he has been teaching here ever since through his remarkable gifts. His legacy has enriched SAIC's resources and offerings in immeasurable ways.