Biography


Rose Marasco is a prolific photographer and an award winning educator. She is Distinguished Professor Emerita, University of Southern Maine and has lived and worked in Maine since 1979. Marasco developed the photography program at USM where she taught for 35 years. Prior to coming to Maine, Marasco initiated the photography program at Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute in her home town, Utica, NY.

Marasco recently had a career retrospective entitled, index, at the Portland Museum of Art that was nationally featured or reviewed in Hyperallergic, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, American Photo Magazine, Downeast Magazine,  Maine Sunday Telegram and many regional publications in Maine and New Hampshire.

In addition to this major exhibition, Marasco has had significant solo shows at the Houston Center for Photography, Universite de Bretagne Occidentale, Brest, France, at the Sarah Morthland Gallery, and, Meredith Ward Fine Art both in New York City,  and at The Farnsworth Museum of Art, to name a few. Marasco has mounted twenty-three solo exhibitions of her work and has participated in sixty-two group shows.

Her photographs are included in public collections of distinction including at:  The Fogg Museum at Harvard University; Fidelity Investments Corporate Art Collection; The Davis Museum and Cultural Center at Wellesley College; The New York Public Library Photography Collection;The Portland Museum of Art; The Bowdoin College Museum of Art; and the Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, and the Library of Congress among many others. She has lectured about her work at Harvard University, Parsons School of Design, the Center for Photography at Woodstock, Maine College  of Art,  and numerous other colleges and museums across the country. Marasco has a B.F.A. from Syracuse University and a M.F.A. from the Visual Studies Workshop, in Rochester, New York where she studied with Nathan and Joan Lyons.

Upon retirement, she traveled to Japan which renewed her interest in photographing nature. Upon returning to Maine, she has enjoyed an enthusiasm for photographing both land and seascapes using black & white film with her Rolleiflex camera. This work is now being combined, in various ways, with the 80 + objects and portraits she found while restoring her 1837 home. A book and  accompanying exhibition are in the works. In October 2017, Marasco was awarded an Artist Residency at the Arteles Creative Center in Finland. Much new work was produced in this international residency program.

Gabe Souza / Portland Press Herald

Gabe Souza / Portland Press Herald

 

Visiting Artist


I have lectured and/or been a visiting artist and critic at over 60 venues. I enjoy engaging with both students and the general public, as I believe in the accessibility of art and the creative process. Having developed and taught the Senior Seminar course in which students do their BFA exhibition, I am very comfortable speaking about all mediums. I like to cite both contemporary and historical artists for students to look at. I am especially keen to assist each person to find and expand their particular strengths and to bring their work to the next level. Recently I have done several portfolio reviews and would be delighted to do more of these as well.

Please contact me to discuss my coming to your school, college, or institution.