Rose Anza-Burgess earned her MA in the School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University.  She is an emerging academic in the field of Art History, Cultural Studies, and Contemporary Art. Her academic research shows depth and critical understating of the consequential periods of time that result to transformative changes in the way we see, feel, and interact with the world around us.

Her areas of research are: Art History, Canadian painting, history painting, Queer theory, the queer art of failure, early modernism, humanism, posthumanism.

She held multiple positions as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at Simon Fraser University from 2015-2018. She was a Teaching Assistant for the Introduction to Visual Art and Culture at the School for the Contemporary Arts. She previously held the position of Tutor Marker for Introduction to University Writing with the English Department, and she had also previously held the position of Tutor Marker for Classical Mythology at the Humanities Department.

In 2018, she held a coveted Research Assistant position for SFU’s School for the Contemporary Arts under the professorship of Dr. Laura U Marks.

During her time at the University of British Columbia, she became a Museum Assistant for Museum of Anthropology, providing tours, actively engaging visitors, supervising guests and participants to ensure that the museum’s protocols are followed.

Part of the arts community in Vancouver, she has held a Curatorial Internship position at the Gordon Smith Gallery of Canadian Art, and held a Production and Site Internship role at the Vancouver Fringe Festival. She also became a Photographer for the Vancouver Biennale contributing published photographic works that are currently in circulation. She has documented and interviewed world-renowned artists such as Vik Muniz, and Jonathan Borofsky during their residencies in Vancouver.

Outside of arts and academia, she has a competitive background as a basketball student-athlete. During her undergraduate years, she played for Capilano University’s Women’s Basketball team. However, an ACL injury ended her career as a college athlete, leading her to pursue a career in coaching. She became an Assistant Coach for Point Grey Secondary’s Junior Girls Basketball team in the 2010-2011 season, and became the Head Coach for the Junior team in 2011 to 2014. She then coached Cariboo Hill Secondary’s Bantam team from 2015-2016. She is taking a short break from coaching in order to focus on her career as an emerging academic, writer and arts scholar.

Passion is what drives her to pursue. She has a very talented and inspiring wife, and a big family who teaches her a lot about love, life, and humility.

Writing Publications & Public Symposiums:
  1. Transforming Identities, Comparative Media Arts Journal – fall 2019 (forthcoming)
  2. Encountering Affinities, MA Graduating Symposium, School for the Contemporary Arts, SFU, fall 2018 http://www.sfu.ca/sca/events—news/past-events/encountering-affinities.html
  3. Ctrl Alt Dlt Symposium, School for the Contemporary Arts, SFU, spring 2018
  4. Visual Culture and Violence, Graduate Liberal Studies Symposium, Reed College, Oregon, summer 2015 https://www.reed.edu/gls/meet-presenters.html
  5. Documentary Artwork and Artist Photographs, Vancouver Biennale, 2014
  6. The Liar Magazine publication, Capilano University, fall 2013
  7. The Liar Magazine publication, Capilano University, spring 2011

Academic Awards / Recognition:

  • Graduate Service Award, Simon Fraser University, School for the Contemporary Arts, summer 2019
  • Graduate Bursary Award, Faculty of Communication, Art, and Design, Simon Fraser University, spring 2019
  • Graduate Bursary Award, Faculty of Communication, Art, and Design, Simon Fraser University, fall 2018
  • Travel Minor Research Award, Faculty of Communication, Art, and Design, Simon Fraser University, summer 2018
  • Graduate Bursary Award, Faculty of Communication, Art, and Design, Simon Fraser University, spring 2018
  • Graduate Fellowship, Department of Liberal Studies, Simon Fraser University, 2016
  • Academic Honours, Dean’s List, Capilano University, 2014
  • Outstanding Student Award, Liberal Studies, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Capilano University, 2014