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C.J. Pressma has had a long and distinguished artistic career. In addition to his work as a photographer and visual artist, Pressma founded the Center for Photographic Studies (1970-78), an alternative school for creative photography.

In 1978, Pressma produced the award-winning mini-series Witness to the Holocaust and he was awarded a National Endowment Fellowship in Photography.

His artwork bears the influence of surrealism and abstract Expressionism. Yet, it is the contemporary, urban environment that inspires his images. “Life speaks to me in a very compelling language – the grit, the smells, the sounds, and the complexities all form a cacophony of experiences,” he says. “I combine this rich mixture to form my own narrative. I let the images direct their own composites.  I am most interested in the narratives they suggest to you.”

Pressma holds degrees from Antioch College and Indiana University. He studied as a special graduate student with Minor White at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and with Henry Holmes Smith at Indiana University. In 2001, Pressma received a Kentucky Arts Council Fellowship. He is represented by Pyro Gallery in Louisville, which will host a solo exhibition of his work later this year.

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Gallery Representative:
Pyro Co-op Gallery

Featured Artwork

CJ Pressma
Site Over The Pecos River

Photograph, 40"x32", 2012

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CJ Pressma:

Hand Out

Photograph, 40"x32", 2012.

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Quilt, 64"x87", 2011.

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At a Glance:

Name: CJ Pressma

Hometown: Louisville, Kentucky

Age: 68

BA, Antioch College; MFA, Indiana University

Website: http://cjpressma.com

Gallery Representative:
Pyro Co-op Gallery