A native of Louisville, 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 to provide a facility for those seeking to explore photography as creative expression. Its two galleries hosted 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 began a career as a multimedia producer and marketing communications specialist. In 1997 he was awarded the American Advertising Federation’s prestigious Silver Medal Award.In 1984, his seven part series Witness to the Holocaust was released in the U.S. and Canada where it remains in distribution today. In 2001 Pressma was awarded an Al Smith Fellowship by the Kentucky Arts council.
The 2009 Visual Arts Festival is honoring the Center for Photographic Studies, a Louisville alternative school for creative photography founded by C.J. Pressma in 1970, and features 25 galleries and museums exhibiting photography throughout June and July. A majority of the exhibits will reflect work by former students of the Center for Photographic Studies, as well as memorabilia from the students themselves, works of renowned artists who visited the Center and other photographic works of independent artists. For more information and a list of participating galleries and museums, go to http://www.paulpalettigallery.com and click on “upcoming”.