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Kay Rosen



Kay Rosen is an artist whose image and subject is text. After an early academic background in linguistics and languages, she realized that what interested her most about language had to be expressed visually, through color, scale, non-linear composition, graphics, and materials. She began back at square one as an artist in the early 1970s. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally in museums, galleries, and public spaces for four decades, including at the museum of modern art, NYC; the museum of New South Wales, Sydney; the Whitney museum of American art; the art institute of Chicago; L.A. Moca, which co-hosted her survey show “Kay Rosen:lifeli[k]e” in 1999,  curated by Connie Butler and Terry Myers; and the New Museum, among many others. Rosen’s work resides in many public and private collections and has been the subject of too many articles, reviews, catalog essays, and other publications to count. A monograph titled Kay Rosen: AKAK was published by Regency Art Press in 2009. Rosen has been awarded three National endowment for the arts fellowships, among other honors. She has taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago for 24 years.