MAYER--Rosemary, 71, on October 18, 2014. She was born and raised in Ridgewood, New York and lived in New York City for most of her life. She studied classics at St. Joseph's College and the University of Iowa and fine art at the School of Visual Arts and the Brooklyn Museum Art School. A prolific artist and writer who explored many media, she was most well-known for her sculptures and installations in the 1970s and 1980s and her involvement in the feminist art movement. Her translation of the diary of the Italian Mannerist artist Pontormo, which included a catalogue of her own work, was published in 1979. Recent projects involved illustrating Beowulf, the Epic of Gilgamesh, and the history of the women of the Roman Empire. She received grants from The National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Council on the Arts, and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation. She had solo exhibitions at A.I.R. Gallery, the Monique Knowlton Gallery, the Pam Adler Gallery, and others. She was a dedicated and inspired professor of art at LaGuardia Community College, where she taught for twenty years, and of writing at Long Island University (Brooklyn). Rosemary lived for forty years in a Tribeca loft, where she hosted many elaborate dinner parties and cultivated an impressive indoor garden, primarily from avocado pits. She is remembered and loved for her generosity, her wry sense of humor, her love of jewels and baubles, her devotion to art, her insatiable interest in art history and the history of women, and her pride in and support of her nieces and nephew. She is survived by her sister Bernadette Mayer (Philip Good); nieces Marie and Sophia Warsh, nephew Max Warsh (Alyssa Gorelick), grand-niece, Zola Ray, former brother-in-law Lewis Warsh (Katt Lissard); and a close network of friends.

Published by New York Times on Oct. 23, 2014.
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Bernadette and family - sorry to hear about Rosemary's passing. I knew her back in the 70s and always admired her survival skills and her ability to think and concentrate. We met at Magnum Photos where we both worked.
John Boone
November 11, 2014
Rosemary Mayer was an original Queens' Finest: her ability to reach each of us was apparent to her students and co-workers.
Stafford Gregoire
October 29, 2014
Rosemary and I talked Trek and illustrators. I would write stories and she would read them,making comments. Pleased her no end. She was very devoted to teaching and art. It was always nice to see her whenever class and office time allowed. She will leave an unfillable gap here at LaGuardia,but certainly not in our memories of her.
Was a pleasure to know and work with her.
Helmut Eppich
October 29, 2014
Rosemary and I were close friends at SJC. We often talked through the night about literature and philosophy. Later when she married, I was friends with her and her husband. Her intellectual influence on me is incalculable. Sincere condolences to those family and friends who feel her loss keenly.
Dodici Azpadu
October 25, 2014
I met Rosemary when we were both students at the School of Visual Arts. Rosemary had enrolled there after having decided to pursue fulltime studies in fine art and consequently turned down an invitation to join the graduate program in classics at Harvard - one of the very first women to be admitted to this program. I'd noticed that she was reading Goethe's Elective Affinites, and we bonded quickly over our mutual love of literature. I learned from her easy and unconflicted devotion to artistic craft and technique on the one hand, and full engagement with the life of the intellect on the other. We critiqued each other's work and assisted each other in constructing it. She was serious but funny, demanding but supportive, a unique personality in every way. I will miss her very much. My deepest condolences to her family.
Adrian Piper
October 25, 2014
Rosemary was special beyond words. Sympathies to all others who will miss her.
October 23, 2014
Bernadette and Family,
Many years have gone by, but I have fond memories of you and Rosemary. Knowing how instrumental she was in your own growing years, I extend my deepest sympathy but also my admiration for her accomplishments and strength through the years. I have thought of you often through the years.and extend my deepest sympathy at this time of profound loss.
Mary Sue Diver
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October 23, 2014
Very sorry to hear about Rosemary. We were friends some years back, and I admired her forthrightness and the quality of her thinking. My sympathy to her family.
Cynthia Carlson
October 23, 2014
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