Born in 1953 in Bridgeport, Connecticut, Stuart Rome received his Master of Fine Arts degree in Photography at the Arizona State University in 1980. He arrived in Philadelphia in 1985 to assist in the design of a curriculum and facility for a new photography department in the Design Arts College.
Rome is currently a professor of photography at Drexel University. Among his grants and awards are the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Grant in 1999 and 1992, Research Scholar Award from Drexel University in 1989, Artist in Residence at Blue Mt. In 1997 and Artist in Residence at Light Work at Syracuse University in 1978.
Mr. Rome has exhibited extensively in the United States including The Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and The International Museum of Photography at The George Eastman House, The New Orleans Museum of Fine Art and the Santa Barbara Museum of Modern Art. The Craig Krull Gallery, Los Angeles and Sepia International in New York and Gallery 339 in Philadelphia have hosted recent exhibitions of his work.
Along with the public collections noted above, leading photography collections such as, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Yale Art Museum and The Los Angeles County Museum of Art has collected Romeís work.
Stuart Rome has published in numerous magazines and books; including ìMaya, Treasures of an Ancient Civilizationî (Abrams), ìBalinese Dance in Transition, Kaja and Kelodî (Oxford University Press), and ìHaitiî (Aperture Magazine). His recently published monograph, ìForestî Nazraeli Press was listed as one of the best photo books of the year by Photo Eye quarterly for 2005.