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Frank Cassara: 1913 - 2017

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Stamps Pro­fes­sor Emer­i­tus Frank Cas­sara passed away on Jan­u­ary 132017.

Pro­fes­sor Cas­sara retired from the Stamps fac­ulty in 1983, fol­low­ing nearly 40 years of ser­vice to the Uni­ver­sity. A dis­tin­guished and inno­v­a­tive print­maker and paper artist, Pro­fes­sor Cassara’s work can be found in major muse­ums around the world, and gen­er­a­tions of cre­ative prac­ti­tion­ers count him among their great­est influ­encers. Notable among Pro­fes­sor Cassara’s many accom­plish­ments was his work to bring atten­tion to the real­i­ties of the Great Depres­sion in Michi­gan and Detroit through his role with the Works Progress Admin­is­tra­tion (WPA) Fed­eral Arts Pro­gram. As super­vi­sor of the WPA/FAP’s easel paint­ing pro­gram in Michi­gan, he pro­duced murals and other works that visu­al­ized the impacts of job strikes, unem­ploy­ment, and the range of social ten­sions fac­ing Detroit and other communities.

Our own Print @ Stamps Tum­blr fea­tures the work of Pro­fes­sor Cas­sara, described by the National Acad­emy Museum and oth­ers as one of the most impor­tant Amer­i­can artists of his generation.