Katherine Steichen Rosing

Katherine Steichen Rosing

Madison, WI, United States

About Katherine Steichen Rosing

Katherine Steichen Rosing’s paintings and drawings have been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in museums and galleries throughout the United States and abroad, including Milwaukee, Chicago, New York, Washington D.C., Tokyo, and Beijing. Her works are included in numerous collections internationally.

In addition to an active exhibition career, Ms. Rosing has taught studio art courses at colleges and universities for over 20 years in Madison and Chicago. Born and raised in Appleton, Wisconsin, she earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and an MFA in Painting and Drawing from Northern Illinois University—DeKalb in 1992.

Artist Statement:

"I crave the peace and solitude that I find in nature -- interludes amidst the cacophony of life. In my paintings, I strive to conjure the mystery, saturated calm and deep reflection I experience when spending time in forests, and peering into lakes and ponds. My paintings spring from accumulated memories of forests and lakes.

I work on the edge of abstraction, teetering back and forth, blurring the line between image and meaning. Paring an image to its essence clarifies and distills the ideas like a meditation on change and interaction. Observing change and interaction in “natural” environments has a way of deepening understanding of the transformative passages in our lives.

I am driven by texture, color, and negative space. My painting process usually begins with the creation of a relief surface, using acrylic gel mediums to form a textured foundation on birch panel, suggesting bark texture or ripples on water. This initial texture is followed by many layers of paint to form subtle relationships between texture, color and light."


MFA, Northern Illinois University
BFA, University of Colorado-Denver


September 10 - December 1, 2019
Overture Center for the Arts, Gallery I
Madison, WI

Work in this two-person exhibition explores the impact of climate change on our forests.

Reception October 4, 6 - 8 pm.

August 24 - October 27, 2019

Overture Center for the Arts, Playhouse Gallery, Madison, WI

Two of my scroll drawings of ash trees are included in this group exhibition of wood sculpture made with ash lumber reclaimed from trees destroyed by the emerald ash borer.



Beneath the Canopy, solo
Gallery 1308
Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison
May 2019

Emeralds to Ashes, Solo
Truax Gallery, Madison College, Madison, Wisconsin (Funded in part by a grant from the Madison Arts Commission and the Wisconsin Arts Board)
November 2018

Vigil, Solo Installation in The Cooler
Abel Contemporary Gallery, Paoli, WI
Funded in part by a grant from DaneArts
September & October 2018

Cadences, Solo
C.R. Davidson’s Renaissance Gallery
Milwaukee, WI
April - July 2018

In Omni Terra: of the Earth, (with Gustavo Flores) Gallery Marzen
Madison, WI

Ballweg Gallery, Goodman Center, Madison, WI, October 1 – 31, 2015
Drury Gallery, Portage Center for the Arts, "Secret Depths," Portage, WI, January 2014
Studio84 Gallery, “Harmony,” Whitewater, Wisconsin, September 2013, Solo
Urban Ecology Center Gallery, “Interlude: Quiet Spaces,” Milwaukee, WI, July – September 2010, Solo
Tenth Street Gallery “Ebb & Flow,” Milwaukee, WI, April – June 2010, Solo
Wisconsin Union Galleries Theater Gallery, “EarthCurve,” Katherine Steichen Rosing and Bobbette Rose, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, January – February 2010, Two-person
Wisconsin Arts Board Gallery, Administration Building, Madison, WI, “Elemental”
Katherine Steichen Rosing and David Sear, December 2008 – February 2009, Two-Person
A.R.C. Gallery, Chicago, “Silences,” Ohsono and Rosing, April 2008, Two-person
West Bend Art Museum, May 2006, Solo
W. H. Moring, Jr. Art Center, Asheboro, NC, April 2004, Solo
Gallery Toki, Saitama-shi, Japan, Ohsono and Rosing, March 2003, Two-person
Arts Club of Washington, Washington, D.C, March 2002, Solo
Klammer Gallery, Tokyo, Japan, Kohji Ohsono & Katherine Steichen Rosing September 2002, Two-person
ACME Art Company, Columbus, OH, November, 1999, Solo
De Ricci Gallery, Edgewood College, Madison, WI, January 1999, Solo
CitiARTS Space, Madison Municipal Building, Madison, WI, May 1998, Solo
A.R.C. Gallery, Chicago, April1996, Solo
Contemporary Art Center, Arlington Heights, IL, 1995, Solo
A.R.C. Gallery, Chicago, June 1994, Solo
A.R.C. Gallery, Chicago, November 1992, Solo
Hinsdale Art Center, Hinsdale, IL 1989, Solo
Prairie Arts Center, Schaumburg, IL 1988, Solo


All About Trees, Riverfront Arts Center, Stevens Point, WI (award) 2016
Gallery Marzen, Luminous Flux (four-person), Madison, Wisconsin, 2015
Gallery 211, Nature Abstracted (four-person), Madison College, Madison, WI 2015
Farley Center, Earth Sculpture 2015, Verona Wisconsin 2015
Beverly Art Center, ARC 40th Anniversary Show Revisited, Chicago, IL 2015
Gallery 211, Gallery 211 Début: Faculty Exhibition, Madison College, Madison, WI, 2015
Espace Mirabeau, An Alternate Perspective, Tokyo, 2014
MOWA (Museum of Wisconsin Art), Wisconsin Visual November 2013
ARC Gallery, “ARC 40th Anniversary Exhibition Chicago,” IL, 2013
Bunpodo Gallery, “Distant in Geography, Close in Mind,” Tokyo, 2013
Overture Community Gallery, “Beneath the Surface,” Madison, WI, 2013
Chazen Museum of Art, “The Golden Age of British Watercolors, 1790–1910,” (six watercolors included as educational component), 2012
MARN Salon6: Painting, MARN Gallery, Milwaukee, WI, 2012
Uri-Eichen Gallery, Taking a Stand, Chicago, IL, 2011
River Arts Center, Common Ground, Prairie du Sac, WI, 2011
Overture Galleries, Gallery III, Divergence, Madison College Drawing & Painting Faculty, 2011
Commonwealth Gallery, Friends from Near and Far, Madison, WI, 2010
Saitama Modern Art Museum, Wisconsin/Japan Exchange, Saitama, Japan, 2008
Gallery 734, University of Wisconsin, Diasporic Art Practices, Madison, WI, 2006
West Bend Art Museum, Two Cultures/One Spirit, Japan/Wisconsin Exchange, West Bend, WI, 2005
Wisconsin Union Galleries, University of Wisconsin Madison, Two Cultures/One Spirit,
Japan/Wisconsin Exchange, Madison, WI, September - October 2005