Roz Crews

Roz Crews is a socially-engaged artist and educator thinking about how people learn what they know. As an artist, she explores information collection, opinion devising, and knowledge production as topics, and often questions the standards for education set forth by institutions. Crews works as a Program Manager at the King School Museum of Contemporary Art, mentors graduate students at the Pacific Northwest College of Art, and teaches social practice, publication production, and research for designers at Portland State University’s (PSU) School of Art + Design. Since 2014, she has established two Artist in Residence (AIR) programs inside university Housing and Residence Life departments—the first as a graduate student at PSU where she lived for three years as the inaugural AIR, helping to shape the program in negotiation and cooperation with the housing administration. After this she moved to the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth where she served as the inaugural AIR in 2017-2018 working in collaboration with the College of Visual and Performing Art to design a residency in their Housing and Residence Education department. The program at UMass Dartmouth is moving into its third year, and invited artists receive a salary, project budget, free apartment in the residence halls, and the freedom to design a socially-engaged project of their own. She is currently the 2019 Artist in Residence at Lewis & Clark College’s Hoffman Gallery. Crews earned an MFA in Art and Social Practice at PSU and holds a BA in Anthropology with a concentration in Public Archaeology from New College of Florida.