Rose B. Simpson is a mixed-media artist working in ceramic, attire, performance and custom cars. Her practice centers primarily around the figure – often portrayed as androgynous – as a proxy to address the emotional and existential impacts of our collective humanity.
Her work is deeply rooted in her personal history; Simpson is of Santa Clara Pueblo, a tribe famous for the ceramics its women have produced since the 6th century AD. Witness to her mother, an acclaimed native artist and cultural preservationist, Simpson grew up in an innovative and inquisitive atmosphere, and continues to demonstrate these values to her young daughter.
After three university degrees, including an MFA from both the Rhode Island School of Design in Ceramics and the Institute of American Indian Arts in Creative Nonfiction, Simpson continues to inspire her practice from her studio and carshop in Northern New Mexico. Rose B. Simpson (b. 1983, Santa Clara Pueblo, NM) has a BFA from the Institute of American Indian Art, an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design and an MA in Creative Writing from the Institute of American Indian Arts.
She has had recent solo exhibitions at the Wheelwright Museum (Santa Fe, NM), the Nevada Art Museum (Reno, NM), SCAD Museum of Art (Savannah, GA), and Pomona College Museum of Art. In the past year, her work has been included in numerous group exhibitions including at MASS MoCA (North Adams, MA), The Cleveland Museum of Art (Cleveland, OH), the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (Berkeley, CA), as well as The Bronx Museum of Arts (New York, NY).
Simpson has forthcoming solo exhibitions at The Fabric Workshop and Museum (Philadelphia, PA), ICA Boston, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York and Jessica Silverman (San Francisco, CA). In June 2022, she will debut her first large scale public work, titled Counterculture, at Field Farm (commissioned by The Trustees of the Reservation).
Her sculptures are in many museum collections, including the collections of the Denver Art Museum, ICA Boston, Guggenheim, New York, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Pomona College Museum of Art, Portland Art Museum, Princeton University Art Museum, and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
Simpson lives and works on her ancestral homelands of Santa Clara Pueblo, New Mexico. She is represented by Jessica Silverman, San Francisco and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.
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