C.J. Pressma is a graduate of Antioch College and holds an M.F.A. in Photography from 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 1970 he founded the Center for Photographic Studies – an alternative school of creative photography. The Center provided a learning experience for those seeking to explore photography as creative expression. During its eight-year existence the center attracted students from over 35 states and foreign countries to its full-time resident program and provided part-time instruction and darkroom access for hundreds of students in the Louisville metropolitan area. Its two galleries provided monthly photographic exhibits featuring the works of local, regional, and internationally acclaimed photographic artists including Ansel Adams and Minor White. In 1978 he was awarded a National Endowment Fellowship in Photography.
In 1979 Pressma embarked on a career as a multimedia producer and marketing communications specialist. In 1984, his seven part series Witness to the Holocaust, was released in the U.S. and Canada where it remains in distribution today. One of the first productions to use survivor interviews as the exclusive content to tell the story of the Holocaust, Witness to the Holocaust has received numerous national awards.
In 1997 he was awarded the American Advertising Federation’s prestigious Silver Medal Award for “outstanding contributions to advertising and furthering the industry’s standards, creative excellence, and responsibility in areas of social concern.”
In December,2001 Pressma was awarded a Fellowship by the Kentucky Arts council.
Pressma is represented by Pyro Gallery in Louisville.
2001 Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY, Digital Printmaking Now (one of 84 artists chosen for this landmark exhibition.) Gallerie Hertz, Louisville, KY, Cuba: Two Views. Traveling exhibition at five Kentucky galleries Beatitudes Betrayed.
2002 Trace Contemporary Art, Belfast, N. Ireland, Star Spangled Colour, Waterfront Hall, Belfast N. Ireland, Links That Connect Us, Jewish Community Center, Louisville, KY, Solo Exhibition,
2003 Carl Solway Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio, Group Show. Indiana University Southeast, New Albany, IN, Solo Exhibition.Contemporary Arts Collective, Las Vegas, NV. Here & There: Exploring Regionalism.
2004 Ardgillan Castle, Dublin, Ireland An exhibition of artists from America, Ireland, & Northern Ireland. Nazareth Arts Gallery, Bardstown KY, The Colors of Cuba, A Solo Exhibition. Glassworks, Louisville, KY, Three State Political Art Exhibition. Actors Theatre, Louisville, KY, Al Smith Fellowship Exhibition. University of Kentucky Art Museum, Lexington, KY, Engaging Representations: Contemporary Art from the Speed Museum.
2005 PYRO Gallery, Louisville, KY, The Weave Suite Revisited: A Fiber Collaboration. Actors Theatre, Louisville, KY, Photographic Reality: Three Visions. Indiana University Southeast, New Albany, IN, Doublespeak: An exhibition with 14 artists from Kentucky, Indiana, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Yeiser Art Center, Paducah, KY, The Weave Suite Revisited: A Fiber Collaboration. Speed Art Museum, Louisville, KY. Current Acquisitions.
2006 Philadelphia, PA, Art Quilts at the Sedwick. Lexington Art League, Lexington, KY, Uncommon Wealth: Legacy of the Kentucky Arts Council Visual Art Fellowships. Lexington Art League, Lexington, KY, Photography Now. PYRO Gallery, Louisville, KY, Triumph of Evil.
2007 PYRO Gallery, Louisville, KY, Art Quilts, solo exhibition Lexington Art League, Lexington, KY, Photography What Now? Owensboro Museum of Art, Owensboro, KY, Uncommon Wealth: Legacy of the Kentucky Arts Council Visual Art Fellowships. Actors Theatre. Louisville, KY, Uncommon Wealth: Legacy of the Kentucky Arts Council Visual Art Fellowships.
2008 University of South Carolina, McMaster Gallery, Columbia, SC, Photography: Southeast an Invitational Exhibition. Firelands Association for the Visual Arts, Oberlin, OH, Artist as Quiltmaker XIIIStaunton Augusta Art Center, Staunton, Virginia, SAQA Amazing Art Quilts
2009 Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, Louisville, KY., Retrospective One: 1962 – 1998.
PYRO Gallery, Louisville, KY., Retrospective Two: Recent Work.Studio Art Quilt Association, Transformations 2009/Reflections, An international juried traveling quilt exhibition.
2010 Carnegie Center for Art and History, NewAlbany, IN., Form Not Function – A Juried Quilt Exhibition.Louisville Visual Art Association, Louisville. KY., Water Tower Regional – A Juried Five State Exhibition.Carnegie Center for Art and History,
Outta Sight! The Inner Vision of Two Blinds Guys, New Albany, IN.
International Quilt Festival –Juried Art Quilt Exhibition. Houston, TX and at this date five other venues.
2011 Jewish Community Center of Greater Detroit, Janice Charach Gallery, Not Your Grandma’s Fiber Show.
Yeiser Art Center, Paducah, KY, Fantastic Fibers 2011, a juried quilt exhibition.
PYRO Gallery, Many Views One Vision, solo exhibition, Louisville, Kentucky.
2012 Yeiser Art Center, Paducah, KY, Fantastic Fibers 2012, a juried quilt exhibition.