Rosemarie Bernardi was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. She loves the space and beauty of New England and its proximity to New York, Mass MoCa and other art centers. Currently Professor of Art and Chair of the Art Department at Keene State College, New Hampshire, she has previously held tenured positions at the University of Arizona and the University of Delaware. She holds a Master of Fine Arts Degree with an emphasis in Printmaking from the University of Cincinnati and a Bachelors in Fine Arts from St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame.
At Keene State she teaches drawing, printmaking, design, and Sophomore Studio Seminar. She also works with students curating and hanging exhibits at the Carroll House Art Gallery. Her former students teach and exhibit their artwork across the world. Her love of printmaking stems from its historical relationships to illustration, information technologies (books), circuitous methodologies and layering. Feminist writings, psychology, and literature inspire her work. Her current artworks explore ideas about personal transformations and destructions in mixed media, printmaking, and drawing.
Professor Bernardi has exhibited nationally and internationally in over 200 solo and group exhibitions. Her artwork is included in the many public collections including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Huntsville Museum of Art, the Nelson Atkins Museum, and the Bibliotheque Nationale de France. She has been awarded numerous grants and awards including a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a Roswell Museum and Art Center Residency, and five MacDowell Colony Residencies. In 2005, she received a Frans Masereel Centrum Printmaking Residency in Kasterlee, Belgium and a John Anson Kittredge Educational Fund Award. In 2011, she was an invited artist in residence for Dalarna Province in Sweden, exhibiting her work and participating in a Printmaking Residency in Orsa. She has been a visiting artist and lecturer at many schools including Rhode Island School of Design, the University of Nebraska, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Cal Arts, and Hendrix College.