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Identifier: GA 14

Clare Romano Collection


  • Majority of material found in 1957-2012

Scope and Content Note

The collection represents a selection of Clare Romano’s artistic production and consists of twenty one works, including 12 collagraph prints, 7 paintings and drawings, 2 three-dimensional sculptures, and archival material. The bulk of the prints and paintings are landscapes, primarily of dramatic land formations in the American Southwest, though there is one print of a single flower and one looking from a house into a garden. Images of imaginary cityscapes are also represented in the collection, along with a painting of fireworks over water and two collage-like oil pastel drawings on symbolic Egyptian themes. The three-dimensional works are abstractions in bronze. There is also a limited selection of archival material. Archival material includes awards, clippings, correspondence, exhibition announcements, sale catalogs and sketches, dating from 1957-2012. This material also includes photo reproductions of the artwork.

The Rutgers University Libraries, Special Collections has other material by Clare Romano, including artist books and The Complete Printmaker.


Alibris. Artists and the Book by John Ross and Clare Romano. Accessed 8/31/2015.

Old Print Shop. Clare Romano Collection. Accessed 11/2/2015.

Old Print Gallery. Ross/Romano Opens in April, April 3, 2013. Accessed 10/5/2015.

Old Print Shop. Clare Romano Biography. Accessed 8/25/2015.

Ross, John and Clare Romano. Artists and the Book . Accessed 8/25/2015.

Rutgers University. Artists and the Book Exhibit Now on Display . Accessed 8/25/2015.


19 framed works of art, one 2 inch manuscript box.

Language of Materials



The collection represents a selection of Clare Romano’s artistic production, consisting of twenty one works, including 12 collagraph prints, 7 paintings and drawings, and 2 three-dimensional sculptures. There is also a small amount of archival material, including correspondence and sketches.

Biographical Sketch

Clare Romano (1922-2017) was a printmaker, educator, illustrator, painter and author. Born in New Jersey, she started her art education as a painter at Cooper Union. Later she worked for Bauhaus artist Herbert Bayer. In 1949, she learned printmaking at the well-known Robert Blackburn Studio in New York. Her work won honors and is owned by prominent museums. An educator, she taught at the Art Center of Northern New Jersey, Pratt Graphics Center, Pratt Institute and the New School in New York. In addition to a large body of printed and painted works, she also illustrated many books of poetry, philosophy and mythology. She was married to John Ross, with whom she collaborated in writing The Complete Printmaker, The Complete Collagraph and a number of limited edition artists’ books.

Arrangement Note

The collection is arranged into two series: Works of Art and Archival Material. In this finding aid, the artwork is arranged alphabetically, by title. Physically, ten prints, seven paintings and the two sculptures are displayed in the Alexander Library and two prints are in the Dana Library, Rutgers-Newark. Archival Material is arranged by topic.

Processing Note

The collection was donated by John Ross and Timothy Ross, the husband and son of the artist, with the exception of Mallorcan Flower, which was donated by Judith K. Brodsky. Each work has been assigned an individual Rutgers identification number: "Romano 1, Romano 2, …” for identification purposes. Photo reproductions of the artwork are kept with the archival material.

Measurements are of the frame size, unless otherwise noted, and are approximate height x width in centimeters.

Archival Material was received in no discernible order in an envelope labelled “Letters from Art Shows, etc, Cooper Union.” Most of the material relates to Clare Romano, while some refers also to her husband, John Ross.

Guide to the Clare Romano Collection
Edited Full Draft
Elizabeth M. Phillips and Michael Joseph
February 2016
Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.

Revision Statements

  • March 2009: Items listed as n.d. changed to undated, per DACS
  • September 2009: revised coding to add encoding analogs to some elements per the EAD report card