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 has also taught part time, at the undergraduate and graduate levels, at Maine College of Art.
Marasco recently had a career retrospective entitled, index, at the Portland Museum of Art. The exhibit 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 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-three solo exhibitions and has participated in sixty-three 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 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, Marasco traveled to Japan which renewed her interest in photographing nature. Upon returning to Maine, she continued her nature walks 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, entitled " Keeping House" and accompanying exhibition are in the works.
Marasco continues her lifelong quest of expanding the definition of what a photograph is and can be. In October 2017, she was awarded an Artist Residency at the Arteles Creative Center in Finland. And, in February 2018, she received an Artist Residency at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. In Virginia, she expanded upon the new work begun in Finland ( see News section for a sneak peek) and continued working on the book.