Description of Work
Over his artistic career Larry Cressman’s work has evolved away from the two-dimensional as he has explored drawing as a three-dimensional form of expression, one that in many ways has focused on landscape. Site-specific work has been a particular interest and his installations have been on view at the Dennos Museum in Traverse City; the Detroit Institute of Arts; the Hewlett Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; the Nelson Gallery at the University of California, Davis; the River Gallery, Chelsea, Michigan; the Hill Gallery, Birmingham, Michigan and recently in a solo exhibit of installation drawings at the Ross Museum of Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, Ohio. In 2009 Cressman’s work was included in Spora ’09: Biennial International Exhibition of Ephemeral Art held in Granada, Spain. He has been the recipient of several Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs Creative Artist Grants. He maintains a studio in Ann Arbor where his creative work continues.
Born in Pennsylvania, most of Cressman’s adult life has been spent in Michigan. He grew up
in Port Huron. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Design in 1968 and a Master of Fine Arts degree in 1975, both from the University of Michigan. Cressman has spent more than 37 years teaching at the University of Michigan. Recently retired, he has now taken on the role of Professor Emeritus. During his years of teaching studio art he held a joint appointment in the Residential College and Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design. For eight summers he taught drawing in the University of Michigan program based in Florence, Italy.