Rebekah Bogard has received numerous awards including being named an "Emerging Artist" by both the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts and Ceramics Monthly Magazine. She has been awarded a residency at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts. In addition, she is a two-time recipient of the Nevada Fine Arts Council Fellowship, as well as receiving the "Best of Show" in several national art competitions. Her work has shown in several solo and group exhibitions nation wide. Moreover, her work has been reviewed in publications such as Art in America, LA Times, Sculpture Magazine, Artweek, Ceramics Monthly Magazine, and Clay Times Magazine.
Bogard employs fictional animals in her artwork to explore the narrative of her life and her own personal history as they provide her with both anonymity and security to the secrets she reveals. She enjoys utilizing animals because they are beautiful and mysterious creatures, vulnerable to relations with humans. This susceptibility gives them a sense of benevolence that is often lacking in human associations. Bogard uses this vulnerability as a source of power. It takes a brave and confident person or animal to make themselves vulnerable, for they must have the strength to withstand the consequences.
- MFA, Ceramics, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 2003
- BFA, University of Wyoming, 2000
- A.A., Elementary Education, Casper College, 1996
- Associate of Applied Fine Arts, Casper College, 1994