For more than three decades Nancy Rosen has focused on bringing art beyond the spaces of galleries and art museums. This pursuit has led to a diverse range of assignments and projects. For the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum she worked with Ellsworth Kelly, Sol LeWitt, Richard Serra and Joel Shapiro, each of whom created works integral to the experience of the museum. Collaborating on a new clinical building for The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Rosen introduced artist Spencer Finch who devised the polychrome and glass curtain wall for the 1.6-million square foot facility; set designer Robert Israel and specialized fabricators who created 11 monumental sculptures for the pediatric entry and lobbies; and over 80 other artists who created unique works that weave throughout the facility.
Concurrently with long-term endeavors such as these, the office has planned and developed serious collections of art of various mediums and historical periods for private residences as well as offices and academic campuses.
These professional activities have been complemented by public service. Rosen was one of 13 jurors charged with selecting the design for the World Trade Center Memorial and for four years represented Mayor Michael Bloomberg on the Public Design Commission of the City of New York. She has served as an advisor and panelist for Creative Capital; Sculpture Space; the New York State Council on the Arts; the National Endowment for the Arts; and the U.S. Government Services Administration. She currently serves as the mayoral representative on the Board of the Museum of Arts and Design. With an academic background in Art History (Goucher College, B.A., Brown University, M.A.), she has published several articles and lectured on topics relating to art in the public realm. Prior to opening her office she co-organized three exhibitions that introduced a number of emerging artists and featured major works by established artists: Documenta VI in Kassel, Germany (1977); Projects in Nature (1975); and Monumenta (1974).
Awards and honors include The Municipal Art Society of New York Certificate of Merit; Fairmount Park Art Association (Philadelphia) Annual Honoree and Keynote Speaker; Art Commission of the City of New York Awards for Excellence in Public Art & Design; and the Wapping Arts Trust (United Kingdom) Art & Work Award.