Southeast Museum of Photography Presents Images of Florida Forests by Stuart Rome

. October 17, 2011 . 0 Comments

The Southeast Museum of Photography presents Images of Florida’s Forests byStuart Rome on view through March 19, 2012.

Florida has always figured large in the American psyche. Shrouded in mystery and myth, the Florida landscape has inspired awe, fear and conjecture. From the early days of the republic, through the era of exploration and to the present day, explorers, artists and writers chronicled their travels and discoveries in Florida for a curious and fascinated nation.

Stuart Rome has followed in the footsteps of many of these great pro-genitors and journeyed to the heart of the Florida peninsula. His new body of landscape images adds to this rich and compelling history of botanic, scientific and artistic curiosity and draws some of its inspiration from the writings and journals of many important early naturalists.
The eloquent tracery of patterns and details in his prints resonates with an inner glow and with a draftsmanship that veers at will from lyrical to muted to explosive, to capture the many and varied complexions of the processes at play in the natural world.

Stuart Rome is one of a handful of distinguished landscape photographers commissioned by the Southeast Museum of Photography to create new photography for exhibition at the museum in 2008, 2009 and 2011. These photographers, each with a very extensive record of exhibited and published work dealing with landscape, land use and environmental issues, have individually responded to aspects of these topics as they found them in Florida.

Stuart Rome has an extensive record of work dealing with social and cultural history, landscape and with environmental issues. His major projects have included documenting Haitian Voodoo trance rituals and Mayan culture. He holds a B.F.A. in Photography from Rochester Institute of Technology, and an M.F.A. from Arizona State University, Tempe. His published works include Maya, Treasures of an Ancient Civilization, Balinese Dance in Transition, Kaja and Kelod, Haiti, and Forest.

Rome’s photographs have been included in numerous group exhibitions at galleries, museums, universities and art centers across the US. His images have been collected by the Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona; The Davison Art Center at Wesleyan University; The Federal Reserve Bank Collection; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; New Orleans Museum of Fine Art; Newport Harbor Museum of Art; Philadelphia Museum of Art; Princeton University Art Museum; Santa Barbara Museum of Art; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Tokyo Institute of Polytechnics; and at Yale Art Museum. www.smponline.org

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