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 recent videos have shown in Dance on Camera at Lincoln Center, IL COREOGRAFO ELETTRONICO/Naples, DANCE CAMERA WEST Los Angeles, BUDAPEST AUTUMN FESTIVAL, AMERICAN DANCE FESTIVAL, MONTAGE VIDEO DANCE /Johannesburg, DANCE 07 DANCE/VIDEO FESTIVAL, Edinburgh, MOTION PICTURES 07 Dance Film/Video Festival Philadelphia, INVIDEO 2008 Milan, NEW MOVES INTERNATIONAL, Glasgow, FRAME International Dance-Video Festival, Lisbon, Dance Without Shadow/Lisbon,International Video Dance Festival - Le Breuil, France etc.
Her most recent performance "The Cathedral of emptiness" premiered in July 2009 at INGENUITY, THE CLEVELAND FESTIVAL OF ART MUSIC AND TECHNOLOGY.
Kathy Rose has long been inspired by Japanese art and theater, including the work of Yoji Kuri, Kihichiro Kawamoto, Akira Kurasawa("Throne of Blood"), as well as Butoh dance, the Japanese Noh, and Bunraku theaters. Rose is also an admirer of Fellini's work, and artists such as Hannah Hoch, and Remedios Varo.
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.