Rose B. Simpson was born in Santa Fe, NM, and raised among an extended family of artists in Santa Fe and Santa Clara Pueblo. Her mother; Roxanne Swentzell, a known ceramic sculptor within the Indigenous art world, and her father; Patrick Simpson, a contemporary artist in wood and metal introduced her to the art world at a young age. Please visit Contemporary Art News on the Chiaroscuro home page to read more about Simpson in a recent article in New Mexico Magazine.
Of both Indigenous and Anglo descent, with art and philosophy primary in both families, she has pursued the pure expression of truth through many forms of art including sculpture, printmaking, drawing, creative writing, music, and dance. Her work often signifies the constant struggle between the two worlds that most modern Indigenous peoples survive through; traditional and the colonist perspective/assimilation.
She has participated in many group shows, including the annual "Pop Life" events around the country curated by Apache Skateboard Artist Douglas Miles. In the summer of 2006 she participated in "Relations; Indigenous Dialogue", an exhibition at the Institute of American Indian Arts Museum in Santa Fe, NM.
After studying for three years at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, she transferred to the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, NM, and graduated in 2007 with a BFA in Studio Arts.
In 2011, she obtained her Masters of Fine Arts in Ceramics from the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, RI. While attending the Rhode Island School of Design, Simpson participated in “Clay in Japan”, a foreign study opportunity, which resulted in a group show of work in Kashihara-Jingumae, Kansai Prefecture, Japan.