Kathy Rose’s work has evolved from her early drawn animated films of the 1970’s, through her unique, pioneering performance work combining dance with film in the 1980-90’s, to her current surreal performance video spectacles and installations, with influence from symbolist art and the Japanese Noh theater. Rose received a Guggenheim in Performance Art in 2003, and in 2005 was awarded a New York State Council on the Arts grant in Video (Media & New Technology).
Rose has toured extensively in live performance throughout the United States and Europe, giving performances at the Museum of Modern Art’s Cineprobe series, Kennedy Center, Serious Fun at Lincoln Center, Fondation Cartier pour l’art Contemporain, the Walker Art Center,The Kitchen, Institute of Contemporary Art in London, Danspace-St. Marks Church, Baltimore Art Museum, Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon, Akademie die Kunst in Berlin, Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, etc. as well as performances in Geneva, Helsinki, Amsterdam, Hiroshima, etc. Her video installation works have been exhibited at the Victoria & Albert Museum, Aldrich Museum, Cooper Union, etc.
Rose has received 6 grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, 4 grants from the New York State Council for the Arts, 3 grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts, as well as grants from Harvestworks Digital, the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation, American Film Institute, Finishing Funds/Experimental Video Center. Preceding grants were given in categories including Film, Dance, Choregraphy, Interarts, Video. she is a Distinguished Alumni of the California Institute of the Arts.
Rose’s performance “The Cathedral of emptiness” premiered in July 2009 at INGENUITY, THE CLEVELAND FESTIVAL OF ART MUSIC AND TECHNOLOGY. Rose premiered a new piece “Opera of the Interior” at ANIMATOR 2015 in Poland. Rose’s recent videos have shown in Dance on Camera at Lincoln Center, AMERICAN DANCE FESTIVAL, MONTAGE VIDEO DANCE /Johannesburg, Black Maria Film festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival, INVIDEO 2008 Milan, São Carlos Videodance Festival, International Video Dance Festival – Le Breuil, Internacional VideoDanzaBA, Buenas Aires, DANSCAMDANSE Festival, Belgium, etc. Her video “Rapture of the Petals” was selected for the East West Art Awards World Tour for winners’ videos starting from Tokyo – Berlin – London BFI – New York – Shanghai – Paris. Her video “Cubistimenco” is showing in the Hiroshima Animation Festival in the program “Best in the World”. “The Unpainted Woman” is showing in Rome, Italy in It’s Liquid Experimental Video and Performance Art Festival at the BAU International Academy, from July 16 to August 21, 2016.
Rose is a Master Lecturer in the Media Arts Department at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Her courses include Image and Performance (an interdisciplinary workshop in which students make their own performance art works using costume, video, audio, etc.), Dance and Media, Japanese Media and Installation. She has also taught Autobiographical Art in the Fine Arts Department, and in the Pre-College Program, along with Art and Performance.