In Memoriam: Steve Rosen (1952-2013)

Steve Rosen

Steve Rosen

The Arts Business Institute remembers Steve Rosen, a beloved speaker and faculty member who unexpectedly passed away this past week. 



Steve Rosen launched an office furniture and photo gallery business in 1978.

He was an avid photographer and a faculty member of The Arts Business Institute. For decades he sold thousands of his wonderful framed photos of Maryland life and nature at his Mark Downs office furniture store in Cockeysville, Maryland.

He has been a featured speaker at large and small business events  from his local area to Canada and Hawaii.

His popular Arts Business Institute course on Finances, Credit and Collections turned a very boring topic into a stand up comedy routine, giving artists the confidence to handle everything from cash flow to collections.

Steve is survived by his wife Wendy Rosen, Arts Business Institute Founder, Rebecca Rosen Mercado, Buyers Market Show Director, Felix Mercado, granddaughter Inez Mercado, son Jeffrey Rosen and Kari von Rosen and thousands of friends and graduates of The Arts Business Institute.

The Arts Business Institute has set up the Steve Rosen Scholarship Fund for Artists. The full amount of donations to the fund will be applied on a matching basis, directly to artists based on merit and need.

The Rosen family thanks everyone for their condolences at this difficult time.


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  1. Dearest Wendy, Yours was one of those rare, true marriages. Steve’s loss would not be so huge if Steve hadn’t been so enormously your multi-decade gift. I know you brought him years of a lively and fascinating artful life. My prayers and condolences for an ocean of very happy memories to come your and your children’s way in comfort and healing in the days and years ahead. With loving best wishes, Rebecca

  2. So sorry Wendy to hear of your loss. I wish you and your family the best during this time.
    Sandy Dell

  3. Dear Wendy

    My heartfelt condolences for your terrible loss. That is all so tragic and I wish you strength and solace for the trying time ahead. Hugs!


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