Fellows Friday: Q&A with Visual Artist Annabeth Rosen


Annabeth Rosen, 1992 Pew Fellow, The Big Studio, installation view at University of California Davis, 2010. Photo by Christopher Woodcock.

Our “Fellows Friday” series focuses on the artistic lives of our Pew Fellows: their aspirations, influences, and creative challenges.

In conjunction with the Center’s celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Pew Fellowships in the Arts in 2017, we spoke to visual artist Annabeth Rosen (1992), who creates elaborate sculptures of clay that are “volcanic, beastly, catastrophic, and unnervingly funny,” as described by writer and critic Nancy Princenthal.1 Rosen’s work is included in the collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and Denver Art Museum, as well as in many private collections around the country. She has held the Robert Arneson Endowed Chair in Ceramic Sculpture at The University of California, Davis since 1997.


  • 1. “Annabeth Rosen: Shape Shifter,” 2014, catalogue essay accompanying Annabeth Rosen exhibition at Ventana 244 gallery, New York City, published by Beam Contemporary and the University of California, Davis.

Annabeth Rosen FF Q&A: Content Block 1

What is your daily art-making routine?

The night before I leave my studio, I clean up and prepare for the morning. At the end of the day my studio can look like an earthquake hit. I aim to work without interference, which can mean there is no space for me to continue working, with materials everywhere, or rubble on the floor so the doors won’t open or the carts won’t roll. My focus increases over the course of the afternoon while caution diminishes, working in response to both unconscious and conscious decisions until fatigue sets in and I tidy up for the next day and go home.

What images or things keep you company in the space where you work?

Everything is in my head; the vague sensation of the work I’m considering, the books I’m reading, some excitement and some anxiety; and nothing else much other than materials, a few tools, rolls of paper, paint for drawing, tea and a tea pot.

Annabeth Rosen FF Q&A: Content Block 2


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