Pat Hill CressonPat Cresson was born in Baltimore, MD, grew up in Virginia, and received an MFA in Painting and Design from Pratt Institute, New York City, and a BS in Fine Art from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She has been a practicing artist/designer and full-time professor of Art and Design at Monmouth University, West Long Branch, NJ since 1995. Previous to that she taught design at Richard Stockton State University, NJ. She was interested in art since the age of six and has been a practicing artist her whole life. I remember the excitement of drawing charcoal portraits of friends and family at an early age and being the "class artist" through much of my schooling. Besides her university training she also studied painting privately with the well-known geometric painter Budd Hopkins in NYC for three years.
In addition to gallery and museum exhibits and the inclusion in private collections, Cresson’s graphic designs have been used on numerous brochures, literary magazines, and corporate media. She worked in corporate graphic design for twelve years in NYC and PA at Burlington Industries, JG Furniture, Con Edison and US Magazine. She was Site Supervisor/Curator for the Middlesex County Museum, NJ. She was a visiting artist/teacher for the NJ State Council for the Arts Artist/Teacher Institute for eight years.
Pat has had her fine art in one-person shows at Ceres Gallery in New York, the Christina Geis Gallery, Richard Stockton State University of NJ, Monmouth University Gallery, The McKissick Museum of Art and Science of South Carolina, the SOHO Center for Visual Artists, NYC and in Washington DC, Chicago, and Virginia. Recently she has been in curated group shows at the The Museum of Encaustic Art , Santa Fe, NM, Alfa Art Gallery, New Brunswick, NJ, Saco Museum, Saco, ME, the Art Complex Museum, Duxbury, MA, Attleboro Museum, the Monmouth Museum, NJ, the Printmaking Council of NJ, the Silvermine AONE Exhibit, the Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Norwalk, Conn., Art space National Juried Photography and Printmaking 2008, 1st Annual International Alternative Digital Printing Exhibition, Booksmart Studio-Kunstler Gallery, Minot State University, and the Mary R. Koch Art Center, Wichita, KS.
She has also previously been in group shows at The Franklin Institute, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA, the Aldrich Museum, NY, the Trenton City Museum, NJ, the Frauen Museum in Bonn, Germany and at numerous other galleries and universities.