Kay Rosen

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Kay Rosen (born 1944) is an American painter. Rosen's paintings are included in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and the Museum of Modern Art and Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City.[1]


Rosen received her BA in Linguistics, Spanish, and French from Newcomb College of Tulane University in 1965.[2] She attended graduate school in Linguistics and Spanish at Northwestern University,[2] and then taught Spanish at Indiana University in Gary. While she was teaching in Gary, Rosen began taking studio art courses at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago,[3] where she currently teaches.


Rosen's artwork is largely text based. The artist is interested in expressing language visually.[4] Many of her works are representations of words in which certain letters have been juxtaposed or rendered in different colors or scales in order to reveal hidden messages or to draw attention to the relationship between language and meaning.[5] These features of Rosen's style can be seen in Untitled Grid at the Indianapolis Museum of Art and in The Whitney Museum of American Art's Spare Parts.


  1. ^ "ROSEN, Kay." Benezit Dictionary of Artists. Oxford Art Online. Oxford University Press, accessed March 30, 2014.
  2. ^ a b Pagel, David. Why Paint?: Judy Ledgerwood, Jim Lutes, Kay Rosen [and] Kevin Wolff: the Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, March 22-April 26, 1992. Chicago: The Society, 1992.
  3. ^ Rosen, Kay. Kaysays: Essays and Interviews by Kay Rosen. Chicago: Sara Ranchouse Publishing, 2007.
  4. ^ Rosen, Kay. "Publish to Flourish." Art in America. October 2014, Vol. 102 Issue 9, p. 128-129.
  5. ^ Sholis, Brian. "Kay Rosen." Artforum International. September 2005, Vol. 44 Issue 1, p. 307.