Rose Adams received her BA from Acadia University in 1979, her MA in Canadian Literature from Carleton University in 1981, her BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 1982, her MFA from the same institution in 1986, and her Masters in Adult Education from Dalhousie University in 1994. She has taught at Acadia University, Mount Saint Vincent University, the Tatamagouche Centre, and the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Rose has an extensive exhibition record in Canada, the United States, Poland, and New Zealand. In 2006 she was inducted into the Royal Canadian Academy of Art. Her work can be found in the Canada Council Art Bank and the Nova Scotia Art Bank, as well as various institutional and private collections.