Roger Heineken was born in Atchison County, Kansas, in 1949. Living a majority of his life in Emporia, Kansas, he earned a BFA in Art from Emporia State, where he later served 48 years at ESU Memorial Union, division of Student Affairs, retiring in January of 2017. Throughout his career, Heineken has engaged in free lancing opportunities to support many humanities ventures for the university and the city of Emporia, doing his part to serve the local community and enriching the lives of current Kansas residents by keeping alive the stories of those residents from the past.
The following portrait canvases of historical Kansas characters were painted in 1990 to advertise the Kansas Humanities Council Chautauqua. Ten theatrical shows were performed, where costumed scholars portrayed famous historical Kansans. Heineken was asked in the first Kansas Chautauqua year to design the logo, poster, and program cover, which would become the template for all subsequent Kansas Chautauquas.
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