Theresa Rose lives and works in her beloved hometown, Philadelphia, PA, as an artist and arts organizer. Her passion for the city fuels the content of her studio and curatorial practice. Rose's mixed-media works on paper pay tribute to the complex beauty found in the urban environment. From elevating the status of a closed down public school to bringing into relief urban intimacies of sports fanatics and public pools, her watercolor and photo-collage works present a layered depiction of a city very much in transition. Her curatorial work equally uses the urban landscape as a site for play and social possibility. From testing the urban soil and offering free soup, (Futurefarmers' Soil Kitchen) to new forms of economy in the culturally dense 9th Street Market (Jon Rubin's 9th Street Stock Exchange), her projects continue to explore the possibilities of urban life.
Rose earned a BA in Art Education from Tyler School of Art, Temple University and MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, both in Philadelphia. Her work has been part of exhibitions at Fleisher Art Memorial, Institute of Contemporary Art, The Print Center, Little Berlin, Crane Arts and Seraphin Gallery. She is the founder of Philly Stake (2011- 2016), a micro-granting event that funded creative, community-engaged projects. In 2016, Rose curated a public art project with Jon Rubin in collaboration with the Mural Arts Program called the 9th Street Stock Exchange. In 2017 and 2018, she curated community and research-based projects for the West Park Arts Fest, commissioned by the Fairmount Park Conservancy. She teaches in the Graduate Social Practice Program at Moore College of Art and Design. Rose was formerly the Visual Arts Program Director at FringeArts, as well as Public Art Project Manager for the City of Philadelphia.