Jimmy Rouse was born and raised in Baltimore. He graduated from Yale University in 1967 with a B.A. in Political Science. From 1967-1968 he attended MICA in pursuit of his real love: art. Jimmy worked in various jobs to support his art habit.
From 1981-1998 he owned and ran Louie’s Bookstore Cafe, a combination full restaurant and bar, bookstore, art gallery and classical music venue. Since selling Louie’s he has worked full time as an artist.
In 2012 he co-founded Transit Choices, an advocacy group for better public transit in Baltimore. Now he spends his mornings working on that cause and the rest of the day painting, drawing or doing sculpture.
For his next solo show, Jimmy will present close to 100 pieces of artwork he has created over the past decade. It will open March 16, 2019 from 6-8pm at the Baltimore Creative Alliance.