Rosemary Cooley was born in Buffalo where she completed her undergraduate degree in Art Education. After teaching studio art and art history, she moved with her husband to South Africa and began fifteen years of living there as well as in Asia and South America; she taught and exhibited her work in each country.
Rosemary curated the exhibition American Impressions: Contemporary Printmaking, in Shanghai in April 2012 and the same year facilitated an exchange exhibition, Shanghai Impressions: Contemporary Ex Libris Prints at Washington Printmakers Gallery. She has held solo exhibitions in this country and abroad.
Rosemary is past President and Board Member of Washington Printmakers Gallery, and her work is in the collections of museums and institutions in Maryland, New Jersey, Virginia and Washington, DC. And in private collections in the United States, South Africa, Belgium, Sweden, Venezuela, France, England, Italy, New Zealand, Japan and China