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-
Lesley University College of Art and Design, MFA, 2016
University of Colorado at Boulder, BFA, 2000
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,
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
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
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.
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.
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)