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.