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Larry Cressman
Ann Arbor, Michigan

University of Michigan, Professor

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Drawing has always been central to my work. Over the years it has evolved from a traditional approach to one focusing on installation and the use of a three-dimensional line; a line that casts its own shadow and can live out in the world – in the space in which it is placed.

Often temporary in nature my installation drawings take advantage of the linear quality of the natural materials used – dogbane, daylily, raspberry cane – while also referencing the act of drawing and the source of the lines – the landscape.





born: 1945, Northampton, Pennsylvania


University of Michigan School of Art, MFA, 1975
University of Michigan School of Architecture and Design, BFA 1968

selected awards/honors

Merit Award, Great Lakes Drawing Biennial, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan, 2010
Best of Show, Michigan Fine Arts Competition, Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, Michigan, 2003
Arts Foundation of Michigan Creative Artists Grant, 1993

selected publications

Faculty Exhibit, Constallations, Lines and Pictures, Stamps School of Art & Design, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan 2014, Catalogue
Cantu, John Carlos, "River Gallery showcasing multimedia work of Larry Cressman," (April 4, 2012)
Perron, Michelle "Director's Choice: Obsession," Center Galleries, College for Creative Studies, Detroit, Michigan, 2009 Catalogue
"Michigan Masters Invitational," Kresge Art Museum, East Lansing, Michigan, 2009, Catalogue  

selected solo or two-person exhibits

Line Work, Dennos Museum, Traverse City, Michigan, 2013
Ground Cover/Covering Ground, River Gallery, Chelsea, Michigan 2012
Larry Cressman, Recent Work, Elsie Munro Gallery, Albion College, Albion, Michigan, 2007
Installation Drawings, Residential College Art Gallery, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 2006

selected group shows

Between the Lines, Target Gallery of the Torpedo Factory, Alexandria, Virginia, 2013
Out of Line: A Show of Extended Drawing Practices, Nelson Gallery, University of California, Davis, California 2012
Great Lakes Drawing Biennial, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan 2010
Spora '09: Biennial International Exhibition of Ephemeral Art, Granada, Spain 2009

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