Artist Statement

The organic textures found in nature create a dynamic tension with the surfaces and structures we build in our daily lives. I explore this tension and balance, revealing the mystery and fragility of the lives we build within a context of growth and decay, memory and the passage of time.

I'm intrigued by light and the way it reflects off of and through our multiple surfaces. I'm always on a quest to find the light and stand in awe of such artists as J.M.W. Turner, John Singer Sargeant and Mark Rothko who for some brief moments seemed to capture it.

My work mixes the ancient with the contemporary. I work with mineral pigments, egg tempera, and beeswax, making my own paint from ground pigments. I've been exploring encaustic painting for the last 10 years and love it's translucency as it absorbs light through it's many surfaces.

More about Bobbette: I work in mixed media and painting and widely exhibit and sell my work. I earned my MFA from UW-Madison and work professionally as a designer for print and web media. I teach classes and workshops through both university and community arts programs. I currently live in Madison, WI and am a member of Wisconsin Visual Artists, International Encaustic Artists (IEA), the Chicago Artists' Coalition, the artsTRIBE collective and the Madison Artists Alliance (MAA).

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EDUCATION

1986-1989
University of Wisconsin, Madison WI
MFA, Printmaking/Painting; May 1989

1975-1978
Southern Illinois University Carbondale IL
BS, Graphics and Fine Art: December 1978


TEACHING / PRESENTATIONS / WORKSHOPS

March-April 2015
Creating Graphic Novels (6-wk class for 10 year olds), Visiting Artist Residency, Falk Elementary School, Madison, WI

Sept.-Nov 2014
Nature In Collage (6-wk class, adult), Continuing Studies, UW-Extension, Madison, WI

June-July 2013
Video Lab (6-wk class for teens) Boys and Girls Club of Dane County, Madison, WI

June-July 2013
Photoshop Lab (6-wk class for 9-12 year-olds) Boys and Girls Club of Dane County, Madison, WI

March 2013
Learning Encaustic (1-dy workshop, adult), Whispering Woodlands, Verona, WI

Jan. 28, 2012
"Encaustic Workshop" (day-long workshop), Whispering Woodlands, Verona, WI

Aug. 19, 2011
"Encaustic Sampler" (workshop), Whispering Woodlands, Verona, WI

May 14, 2011
"Collective Jargoning Artist Talk," Lucent Room Studio exhibition, Madison, WI

Jan. 23, 2011
"Repose Artist Talk," Lucent Room Studio exhibition, Madison, WI

Oct. 1, 2010
Panalist, "The Book as Art," Wisconsin Book Festival, Central Library, Madison, WI

Sept. 25, 2010
Artist Lecture on Recent Work, state WRAP annual conference (Wisconsin Regional Artist Program), UW-Madison, WI

Sept. 23, 2010
Visiting Artist Presentation on Art Collaboratives, The Business of Art, UW-Madison, WI

August 2010
Juror
, for state WRAP exhibition (Wisconsin Regional Artist Program), UW-Madison, WI

July 2010
Assistant to Makoto Fujimura, The Art of Nihonga: Basic Technique and Theological Implications, 3-week graduate course, Regent College, Vancouver, BC

2010
Visiting Artist Presentation on Nihonga (traditional Japanese painting technique), Madison Area College, Madison, WI

2009
Visiting Artist Lecture on recent work, Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL

2008
Visiting Artist Presentation on Encaustic (molten wax) painting techniques, Shake Rag Arts Center, Mineral Point, WI

2008
Juror, for regional WRAP exhibition (Wisconsin Regional Artist Program), Shake Rag Arts Center, Mineral Point, WI

2/2008 - 6/2008
Art Exhibition Seminar, developing shows in alternative venues, Continuing Studies, University of Wisconsin-Extension, Madison, WI

2006
Encaustic Workshop, Painting with Wax, Shake Rag Arts Center, Mineral Point, WI

2005
Collage and Mixed Media Workshop, Shake Rag Arts Center, Mineral Point, WI

2004
Graphic Design for Non-Designers Workshop, NCO Annual Conference, San Diego, CA

Using the Internet as a Tool for Outreach Workshop, NCO Annual Conference, San Diego, CA

2003
Artist Talk, Balance, an exhibition of 3 artists Commonwealth Gallery, Madison WI

8/2000-12/ 2000
Lecturer, Print and Electronic Media Design, Ag Journalism 530 Media Design, UW-Madison Department of Life Sciences Communications

 

WORK HISTORY

Currently
Bobbette Rose Design Studio
Communications& Design Consultant
design website

1/2001-3/2012
National Center for Media Engagement
funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting,
affiliated with the University of Wisconsin-Extension
Web Development/Design Manager

1/93-12/2000
WHA-TV, Wisconsin Public Television,
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Senior Designer

6/89-12/92
Madison Graphic Services, Madison WI
Art Director