Rosburg documenting a glacier in Svalbard, Norway (Arctic Circle Residency), 2019.

Regan Rosburg is an artist, naturalist and writer. Her work is founded in the principles of Ecopsychology, which she describes as society's collective grief, environmental melancholia, and “collective social mania” (her term). Rosburg believes these issues manifest in a relentless loop of consumption, distraction, and unresolved mourning. She is also completely enamored by the beauty, intelligence and resilience of nature, and finds inspiration from combining art with science. She fervently believes that artists are a crucial voice in discussing climate change and human impact. She writes:

“We can convey emotions, abstract concepts and data using symbolic language. We can communicate what is happening. But most importantly, we can create images, sounds, spaces and experiences that stitch up the emotional connections to nature that may have frayed due to the demands, brainwashing and overall pace of our current way of life.”

Rosburg is the Co-founder and Artistic Director of Cayo Residency in Eleuthera (Bahamas). She has conducted biology-based research trips around the world, including the Bahamas, Canada, Costa Rica, Indonesia, Thailand, the Washington rainforests, the Appalachian Smokey Mountains, and the Colorado Black Forest. Her 2019 residencies include the Arctic Circle (Svalbard, Norway) and the Oak Springs Garden Foundation (Upperville, VA).

Rosburg works in a variety of materials to blur the boundary between nature and culture. She is known for her increasingly complex 3D resin work that contains plant and animal relics, bones, insects, lace and painted imagery. Recently she has expanded into making installations, as well as recycled plastic and virgin plastic sculptures. She is an avid photographer. Her film photography is developed and printed using a WWII coffee recipe, thus cutting back on harmful chemical agents. Rosburg is currently working towards using more biological and temporary materials, including algae, moss, and ice.

Rosburg brought back over forty pounds of plastic from the Arctic, and much more from beaches around the world. Everywhere she goes, she is aware of both the cultural mania and the natural raw beauty of our world.

 

Rosburg is represented by William Havu Gallery in Denver, CO and teaches at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design in Lakewood, CO. She is a Redline Artist Resident (Denver) beginning in Fall 2019.

 

Please listen to her most recent podcast (below) explaining Axis Mundi, her artistic philosophy, and her massive installation, Omega (for the 2017 Biennial of the Americas).

- Current CV-

EDUCATION

Lesley University College of Art and Design, MFA, 2016

University of Colorado at Boulder, BFA, 2000

 

PROFESSIONAL

2019    S*Park + Redline Artist in Resident/Curator

2018 -  present. Co-founder and Artistic Director: Cayo Art + Science Residency. Eleuthera, Bahamas.

2018 - 2020.  Affiliate Faculty (Fine Arts/Foundations) Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design,

          Denver, CO

2016 - 2019 Affiliate Faculty (Fine Arts/Foundations) Metro State University, Denver CO

2016    Guest Lecturer (Foundations) University of Colorado at Boulder, CO

 

LECTURES AND TALKS

2019      Speaker. Art and Grief: The Rio Grande Watershed. Redline. Denver, CO.

2018     Speaker. VASD Faculty Focus. Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design. Lakewood, CO. 

2018      Podcast Interview. “Breaching Grief, Melancholia and Mania with Biophilia.” Let’s Talk

             About the Weather Podcast. Episode #24. EcoArts Foundation (San Diego, CA).

2018      Speaker/Presenter of Chris Jordan’s Film Albatross. “LHS Speaker Series.”

              Alamo Draft House. Littleton, CO.

2017      Speaker. “Art, Science & Climate Change: A Conversation.” Thinkers Lodge Conference.

             Pugwash, Nova Scotia.

2017      Speaker. “A Difficult Hope: Climate and the Human Project.” Kings Theater, Annapolis          

             Royale, Nova Scotia.

2017      Visiting Artist Guest Lecturer. “Biology and Art.” School of Visual Art -- Bio Art Lab. New

             York City, NY.

2016      Visiting Artist Guest Lecturer – Metro State University, Denver, CO

2016      Visiting Artist Lecture Series – Converge Art Center, Denver, CO

2016      Resident Studio Artist Lecture Series – Temple Arts Building, Denver, CO

2016      Resident Critic, Lesley University, Cambridge, MA

 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2017     Olympic Auditorium Complex. Omega (Axis Mundi) Biennial of the Americas, Denver, CO

2016     Haven Gallery. Vanitas. Scope, Miami. Miami, FL

2013     David B. Smith Gallery, Maelstrom. Denver, CO

2011     David B. Smith Gallery, The Understory. Denver, CO

2009     Art & Soul Gallery, Curio. Boulder, CO

2009     Smokebrush Galley, Break Away. Colorado Springs, CO

2008     Art & Soul Gallery, Small World. Boulder, CO

2007     Art & Soul Gallery, Selective Memory. Boulder, CO

2007     Gingerbread Square Gallery, Patterns in Nature. Key West, FL

2006     Art & Soul Gallery, The Edge of the Field. Boulder, CO

 

SELECTED GROUP EHIBITIONS

2019      William Havu Gallery. Unseen Nature. Denver, CO

2019      Center for Visual Art. MSU Faculty Exhibition. Denver, CO

2017      Platte Forum Gallery. Axis Mundi. Biennial of the Americas. Denver, CO

2017      William Havu Gallery. Fabricating Nature. Denver, CO

2017      Platte Forum Gallery & Black Cube Nomadic Museum. Resident Exhibition. Denver, CO

2016      Lesley University. MFA Thesis Exhibition. Cambridge, MA

2015      Haven Gallery. Inaugural Group Show. Northport, NY

2013      Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery. Beyond Eden. Los Angeles, CA

2012      David B. Smith Gallery. Group Exhibition Part II. Denver, CO

2011      Thinkspace Gallery. Born Free. Culver City, CA

2011      Museum of Contemporary Art. Objectophilia. Biennial of the Americas. Denver, CO.

2009      David B. Smith Gallery. Group Exhibition Part I. Denver, CO

2009      Botanical Gardens. Extinction. (Jurors: Simon Zalkind, Ivar Zeile) Denver, CO

2009      Irvine Contemporary Gallery. Manifest Hope: DC. Washington DC

 

HONORS/AWARDS/RESIDENCIES

2019      Redline, Artist in Residence, Two-Year Program. Denver, CO

2019      Oak Springs Garden Foundation, Artist in Residence, Award Grantee. Fall 2019. Upperville, VA

2019      Arctic Circle Residency Program, Artist in Residence, Summer 2019. Svalbard, Norway

2018      Cayo Artist Residency Program (Pilot Program; Artistic Director). Eleuthera Island, Bahamas

2017      Biology Research Residency: Joe DiGiorges Microscopy. Exuma Islands, Bahamas

2016      Biology Research Residency: Microscopy. Abaco, Bahamas

2014      Ayatana Researchers Artist Residency. Biophilia, Ottawa, Canada

2014      Lesley University College of Art and Design. Merit Scholarship. Cambridge, MA

2009      Juror’s Choice Award. Extinction: Artist’s Respond. Denver Botanic Gardens, CO

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY

2017     Climate Change and the Human Prospect. Documentary. Thinker’s Lodge, Pugwash, NS. 2017.

2017     Rinaldi, Ray Mark. Quick Take: Axis Mundi sprawls across Curtis Park. One Good Eye. 4 October, 2017. Web

2017     Rinaldi, Ray Mark. Hemispheric views on Display (Axis Mundi). Denver Post. 29 September, 2017. Web

2017     Froyd, Susan. Axis Mundi Tackles Psychology and the Environmental Apocalypse.  

Westword Magazine. 17 September, 2017. Web.

2017     Froyd, Susan. Colorado Creatives 3.0 - Regan Rosburg. Westword Magazine. 22 June, 2017. Web.

2017     Rinaldi, Ray Mark. At DU, a Climate Change Exhibit That’s Thoughtful, Shocking and Sometimes

Almost Humorous. Denver Post. 17 September, 2017. Web and print.

2017     Jones, Cory. Three Works of Art that Explore How Artists See Climate Change.  

Colorado Public Radio News. 31 March, 2017. Web.

2017     Heming, Christine. The Need to Feel. Shambala Times, Nova Scotia. 15 March, 2017. Web

2017     Rogers, Stephanie. Plucking the Stinger, Saturnalia Books, Cover Artist.

2015      Jamail, Dahr. Mourning the Changes That Surround Us: Readers Speak Out. Truthout.org. Web.

2015      Mei-en, Lo Kwa. Yearling, Alice James Books, Cover Artist.               

2013      Cervi, Giovanni. Dios De Los Muertos. Woodenleg Press. Contributing artist. 

2013      Paglia, Michael. Critic’s Picks: Denver, Art Ltd. Magazine, June/July Issue.               

2009      Fairey, Shepard. Art for Obama: Designing Manifest Hope and the Campaign for Change. Contributing Artist.                                                                        

CURATORIAL

2018      CORE New Art Space. Flora & Fauna. Sole Juror. Denver, CO.

2017     Platte Forum. Axis Mundi: Artists on Eco-Psychology. Multi-venue exhibition, Albatross screening,

artist talks (Denver, CO & Nova Scotia, Canada). Sole curator. Denver, CO.

2017     Re-Creative Gallery. Group Exhibition 2018. Juror. Denver, CO.

 

PUBLISHED RESEARCH

2017     IGI Global: International Journal of Civic Engagement and Social Change. Vol 4, Ar. 4. 

            The Relentless Memorial: Environmental Melancholia and Collective Social Mania. Web and print.

 

COLLECTIONS: Hilton Hotel (Boulder, CO) and Le Meridian Hotel (Denver, CO)

This is a short video about Omega, installed in Denver during the Biennial of the Americas 2017. Rosburg not only created this massive work, but also curated the entire Axis Mundi Exhibition.

In this 2010 video created by David B. Smith Gallery in Denver, Rosburg describes her process for an upcoming exhibition.