Rosana Ybarra (also know as Rosey) is an interdisciplinary artist working in painting, sculpture and performance. Originally from southern California, she received her BFA from Portland State University (2013) and MFA in Studio Arts from University of Nebraska – Lincoln (2018). Rosana uses a feminist lens to investigate ways the material world reflects and imbeds cultural ideology, and works to uncover the spiritual and emotional potential of objects. She is a recipient of numerous awards, including a Kimmel Nelson Harding Artist Residency Award, Dan and Barbara Howard Creative Achievement Award and Latinx Artist Visibility Award through the Ox-bow School of Art & Artist Residency. Recently, she was honored with a 7 month residency as a 2018-2019 Fellow at the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center in Massachusetts.

Rosana considers herself an activist for social justice and a dreamer, she is most well-recognized by her uproarious laughter.


Exhibitions & Projects


2019          Exit Strategy, Hudson D. Walker Gallery, Provincetown, MA

                  Spells against extinction, Hudson D. Walker Gallery, Provincetown, MA (solo exhibition)

2018          FAWC Visual Arts Fellows, Provincetown Art Association & Museum, Provincetown, MA

                  Current Fellows, Hudson D. Walker Gallery, Provincetown, MA

                  Material Ritualism, Ghost Omaha, (online two-person exhibition)

                  Concurrence, The Lee Dam Art Center for Fine Art, Marysville, KS

                  CHIMERA rising - MFA Thesis Exhibition, Estranger-Howard Gallery, Lincoln NE (solo exhibition)

                  Omaha Entertainment & Arts Awards Showcase, Petshop Gallery, Omaha NE

2017          Deep Base, Tugboat Gallery, Lincoln NE (three-person exhibition)

                  Noncore, III of Cups Gallery, Lincoln NE (two-person exhibition)

                  Sub, Brown Cube, Ox-Bow School of Art, Saugatuck MI

                  Unward, Project Project Pop-up, Omaha NE (solo exhibition)

                  Hauberk, Project Project, Omaha NE (solo exhibition)

                  Pinch, Medici Gallery, Lincoln NE (two-person exhibition)

                  ­­Bridgework, Arts + Literature Laboratory, Madison WI

2016          Bemis Benefit Exhibition Selected Artist, Bemis Center for the Arts, Omaha NE

                  Cell and World, Pop Up Gallery, Lincoln NE

                  Objecthood, Prescott Gallery, Lincoln NE

2015          Currents, Prescott Gallery, Lincoln NE

                  The People’s Treasury, JAMS, Portland OR

                  Wut Guise, Gallery Homeland, Portland OR

2014          Curtsey 74, Fishbowl II at Blackfish Gallery, Portland OR

2013          Temporwarily, Performance Works Northwest, Portland OR

                  Walk Sign is On, BFA Thesis Exhibition, Littman Gallery, Portland State University        

2012          Kill People Online, The Roxie, San Francisco CA

                  Feminist Identity, Food for Thought Gallery, Portland OR

2009          Contemporary NW Women Artists, North View Gallery, Portland Community College OR




2017          Caste Away, Woven at Jess Benjamin Studios, Omaha NE

                  Top Down, Ox-Bow School of Art & Artist Residency, Saugatuck MI

                  Noncore Tour, Grand Junction CO, Mountain Home ID, Salt Lake City UT, Baker City OR

                  Super Gross, Third Space at the Commons, Lincoln NE

2016          We the People… or whatever, Pure Surface, Valentines, Portland OR

2014          Temporwarily: Seriously Frivolous, Performance Works NW, Portland OR

2013          Temporwarily: Seriously Frivolous, Studio 2, Portland OR

2012          A Formaunted House, Performance Works NW Satellite, Portland OR

2011          The Light Fingered Five, Shoebox Theater, Portland OR

2008 –11   Twilight Repertory Theater, Resident Artist, Portland OR

2010          The Light Fingered Five, The Little Theater, Portland OR

2009          Death by Laughter, Shoebox Theater, Portland OR

2008          The Light Fingered Five, Brody Theater, Portland OR

                  Tough Love, Shoebox Theater, Portland OR

2007          P.A.N.T.S, The Little Theater, Portland OR

Honors & Awards


2018          Visual Arts Fellowship 2018-2019, Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA

                  Innovation Studio Residency Award, Lincoln, NE

                  Kimmel Nelson Harding Residency Award, Nebraska City, NE

                  Dan and Barbara Howard Creative Achievement Award, University of Nebraska – Lincoln

2015-18     Graduate Teaching Assistantship, University of Nebraska – Lincoln

                  Edgren Fellowship, University of Nebraska – Lincoln

                  Peterson Fellowship, University of Nebraska – Lincoln   

2017          Graduate Student Scholarly and Creative Activity Grant, University of Nebraska – Lincoln

Best Emerging Artist Nominee, Omaha Entertainment & Arts Awards, Omaha NE

                  Latinx Artist Visibility Full Merit Scholarship, Oxbow Center for the Arts, Saugatuck MI

2016          Trickey Memorial Fellowship in Studio Arts, University of Nebraska – Lincoln

2015          Jade Midway Artist Community Engagement Grant, Portland OR

2013          New Expressive Works Artist in Residence, Studio 2, Portland OR

2012          Trudeau Fine Art Scholarship, Portland State University, Portland OR



2018          Master of Fine Arts, University of Nebraska – Lincoln, Lincoln NE

2013          Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art Practices, Portland State University, Portland OR

2008         Associate of Arts, Portland Community College, Portland OR

                  Cert. of Completion, Women’s Leadership Training Program, Portland Community College, Portland OR