Josh R. Rose has a B.F.A. in Painting from Texas State University and a M.A. in Art History from the University of North Texas. While pursuing both he led a clandestine life as a cartoonist, publishing his newspaper comic strip Cosmo, first, in the Texas State University newspaper, The Daily Star, then briefly in X.L. Ent, the entertainment supplement of the Austin American-Statesman, and finally in the Denton Record-Chronicle during graduate school. A selection of Cosmo strips also were selected to appear in the Andrews McMeel book Strip Search: Revealing Today’s Best College Cartoonists.
Professionally, Mr. Rose has worked within museum education at the Nasher Sculpture Center and the Dallas Museum of Art, specializing in adult programming and docent training. Also, he has taught a variety of art history courses at the college-level since 2001, at both two-year and four-year institutions. He currently serves as a full-time faculty member of Art History in the School of the Arts at Brookhaven College.
Mr. Rose’s research and teaching interests include Surrealism, Surrealist photography, the work of Lee Miller (on whose wartime journalism he wrote his thesis), the history of cartoons and comic books, and Open Educational Resources (OER). He has also begun curating, most recently curating a large exhibition on the historical process of comic book production called Heroes in the Making for the Greater Denton Arts Council.
He is not really as grumpy as the photograph at top makes him appear.