Originally from Arkansas, Rosemary Ollison moved to Milwaukee as a teenager. In 1994, in the aftermath of a violent marriage, she began making art and writing poetry. Since then, Rosemary’s practice has become increasingly interdisciplinary. Generally working with re-purposed materials, she makes drawings, textiles and sculptures. She also designs her own clothing and jewelry. Rosemary has created a home environment that is an extension of her practice.
Ollison received a 2019 Nohl Fellowship and was included in a related exhibition at the Haggerty Museum of Art. Named Milwaukee Artist of the Year in 2019, Ollison had a solo exhibition at the Lynden Sculpture Garden in the summer of 2019. Her work is in the collections of the Milwaukee Art Museum, Northwestern Mutual, and Chipstone Foundation as well as the private collection of artist Joyce Pensato. She is represented by Portrait Society Gallery in Milwaukee, WI.