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The Southeast Museum of Photography has expanded with a new exhibition space at the
Lyonia Environmental Center in Deltona, Florida

Images of Florida’s Forests
Stuart Rome

September 26, 2011 – April 1, 2012

Stuart Rome
“I have been creating pictures in new ways to describe a world that is disastrously out of balance but which continues to hold elements of hope. I know how valuable a vibrant natural environment has been in forging my imagination and consciousness. My work is meant as a testimony to the power and intelligence found in the world, but I hope it also reflects a deep sadness for what is fading away.” —Stuart Rome

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

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.

All images in this series are silver gelatin prints

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Exhibitions at the Southeast Museum of Photography’s LYONIA GALLERY presents photography related to environmental, land-use, local history and regional culture that complement the educational themes and environmental awareness in an exhibition space in Volusia County Government’s new LYONIA ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER.

The museum gallery occupies display space immediately adjacent to the environmental exhibits area of the Center. The LYONIA GALLERY will only be open to the public during the normal open hours and days of the Lyonia Environmental Center.

Deltona Map LOCATION
The Deltona Regional Library, Lyonia Environmental Center and Deltona Amphitheater are at 2150 Eustace Ave, Deltona, Florida.

The Southeast Museum of Photography’s LYONIA GALLERY will only be open to the public during the normal open hours of the Lyonia Environmental Center:

Monday - Thursday: 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Friday and Saturday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday: 1:00 - 5:00 pm


For all information about the LYONIA ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER please contact Nancy Maddox or call: (386) 789-7207 Main Office / (386) 257-6000 Daytona Beach / (386) 423-3300 New Smyrna Beach

Additional information is available by visiting the following websites:



The Southeast Museum of Photography is a service of Daytona State College
1200 W. International Speedway Blvd. (Building 1200) Daytona Beach, FL, 32114, (386) 506-4475
Free Admission & Parking

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Exhibitions and programs at the Southeast Museum of Photography are supported in part by Daytona State College, Volusia ECHO and the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on the Arts.

Daytona State College prohibits discrimination and assures equal opportunity in employment and education services to all individuals without regard to age, ancestry, belief, color, disability, ethnicity, genetic information, gender, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, and veteran status. For more details, read our Equal Opportunity Statement or contact: Lonnie Thompson, Chair of the Equity Committee at 386-506-3403 or 1200 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach, Fl. 32114.