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 and secured accreditation for the photography curriculum 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 Utica, NY,  establishing  the curriculum, darkrooms, studios, and teaching both black & white and color, 1974-1979. Marasco currently teaches in the MFA program at the Maine College of Art.

Marasco’s career retrospective entitled, index, originated at the Portland Museum of Art and then travelled to, Munson Williams Proctor Art Institute.  The exhibit was nationally featured or reviewed in Hyperallergic, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, American Photo Magazine, OSMOS, Downeast Magazine,  Maine Sunday Telegram and numerous publications in Maine and New England.

In addition to this major exhibition, Marasco has had significant solo shows, including at: the Houston Center for Photography, the Davis Museum of Art at Wellesley College, the Universite de Bretagne Occidentale, Brest, France, The Farnsworth Museum of Art, three exhibits at the Sarah Morthland Gallery, and, in 2014, at Meredith Ward Fine Art, both in New York City. Marasco has mounted twenty-four solo exhibitions and has participated in seventy-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;  the Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, and the Library of Congress among others.

She has lectured about her work at Harvard University, Parsons School of Design, the Center for Photography at Woodstock, Bowdoin College, and many 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.

Marasco is currently at work on two projects. The first, a text and photo book, entitled Keeping House is inspired by the 1837 Greek revival home she purchased in 2003, and restored over several years. From the very first day, she began to find objects (currently numbering 82) in the house and yard. Several of the objects brought up childhood memories. Marasco began to write about this connection, about the history of the house, its inhabitants, and, about photography– as the invention of photography paralleled as the building of the house. She continues write and make photographs for the book, inspired by the home and objects.

The second body of work, continues her lifelong quest of expanding the definition of what a photograph is and can be. Work made at 2 recent artists residencies, the first at Arteles Creative Center in Finland, and in 2018 at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA), inspired her into new directions, while picking up on several strategies of layering and projections. In 2020, she will return to VCCA; and, most recently was invited to be in the initial group of artists to work for a month at IRIS Project, in Venice, CA.  

photo: Gabe Souza / Portland Press Herald

photo: Gabe Souza / Portland Press Herald


Visiting Artist

I have lectured and/or been a visiting artist at over 60 venues.

I have worked with both undergraduate and graduate students in all disciplines. I aim to help each student identify their strengths, their artistic decisions, and the language of their artistic practice.

I will cite both contemporary and historical artists for students to explore and research. I am especially keen to assist each person to find and expand their particular strengths and to bring their work to the next level.

As an long time exhibiting artist, I can speak about mounting both museum and gallery shows. And, about the process of professional practices in the exhibition world.

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. thanks, Rose