Myra L. Rosen (1929-2019)

Myra Rosen
New Subdivision

oil on board
signed, l.l.
dated 3/23/65 verso on Crit Club label
20 x 24 inches


Myra Rosen

signed, l.r., pencil
dated '65', l.r., pencil
9 x 14 1/2 inches (image)
16 x 20 1/2 inches (frame)


Myra Rosen came to prominence in Louisville’s art community in the 1960s and continued exhibiting for three decades.

She was a native of Cleveland, Ohio, and was raised in Columbus. She took a degree in art education at Ohio State University, where she met her husband, Bernard. He was a native of Paris and fled France when the Germans invaded in 1940, returning as a member of the Free French Forces.

The Rosens moved to Louisville in the 1950s, and Bernard established a successful fencing company. Myra Rosen worked as a commercial artist at an advertising agency, then freelanced. She told The Courier-Journal in 1965 that she “just quit and had babies” but “started dabbling again” about five years before. She attributed her renewed interest to the woodcut and silkscreen techniques she learned from Constance Clark Willis. Her early award-winning shows featured works on paper. She pursued a master’s degree in art at the University of Louisville under Mary Spencer Nay and went on to teach at the Louisville School of Art.

She exhibited in Art Center Association shows along with Nancy Comstock, Margaret Logan, Scott Gibbs, Doris Leist, Lucy Diecks and Mary Ann Currier. She also showed at the Jewish Community Center, where many a local artist found a friendly venue.

Mrs. Rosen was known for her Francophilia. Her French cooking was celebrated in local publications, and a love for French provincial antiques led her to open an antiques store in St. Matthews in the 1970s.

Her husband retired in 1988, and the couple moved to Florida in 1996. Myra Rosen died in 2019, just two months after her husband of 67 years.