USM Art Department

Rose Marasco

Distinquished Professor of Photography, Emerita
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Academic Degrees

  • M.F.A. Visual Studies Workshop Rochester, New York
  • B.F.A. Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York



Rose Marasco is a prolific photographer and award-winning educator. She is Distinguished Professor Emerita, University of Southern Maine. Marasco developed the photography department at USM where she taught for 35 years. Prior to this, Marasco initiated the photography department at Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute in her hometown, Utica, NY.

Marasco had a career retrospective entitled, index at the Portland Museum of Art which was nationally featured and/or reviewed in Hyperallergic, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, American Photo Magazine, Downeast Magazine, and numerous regional publications throughout New England.

She has mounted 25 solo shows including at: Houston Center for Photography; Universite de Bretagne Occidentale, Brest, France; 3 solo shows at the Sarah Morthland Gallery, NYC; Meredith Ward NYC; and The Farnsworth Museum of Art, among others. Marasco has also participated in sixty-seven (67) 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 at Wellesley College; The New York Public Library Photography Collection; The Portland Museum of Art; The Bowdoin College Museum of Art; Colby College Museum of Art, and the Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, among many others. She has lectured about her work at sixty-five (65) venues including: Harvard University, Parsons School of Design, Peabody Essex Museum, the Center for Photography at Woodstock, the Houston Center for Photography, and numerous colleges and museums across the country.

Marasco has a B.F.A. from Syracuse University & an M.F.A. from the Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, New York where she studied with Nathan and Joan Lyons.

Click here to view recent video highlighting Rose Marasco's work.