Frank Cassara, one of the most important American artists of the Work Progress Administration-Federal Arts Project and Professor Emeritus in the Stamps School of Art & Design, celebrates his 100th birthdaytoday, March 17, 2013.
Professor Cassara started teaching in the Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design in 1947 and retired from active teaching service in 1983 having a significant and lasting impact on generations of students and the University of Michigan community.
Born in Partinico, Sicily in 1913, Frank Cassara moved from Italy to Detroit in the early 1930s where he saw the murals of Diego Rivera at DIA. During that time, Cassara focused on social issues, including job strikes, unemployed workers, and farmers. Like many artists of his generation, Cassara addressed the social tensions that challenged the city of Detroit and the nation during the Great Depression.
Inside advanced print studio at the University of Michigan Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design.
We celebrate the culture of print and feature work created by our students, faculty, visiting artists, designers and creators who are significantly involved in the practice and interpretation of printmaking from traditional to an expanded concept of print practices.