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Clifford Tresner
Associate Professor
School of Visual & Performing Arts
BRYH 206
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Clifford W Tresner, MFA
Associate Professor, Art



1994, Sculpture
University of Mississippi

Biographical Sketch

Clifford W. Tresner, Associate Professor of Art, BFA in Sculpture Terre Haute IN, 1990. MFA in Sculpture, University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS, in 1994. 

Mr. Tresner taught sculpture and drawing at the University of Louisiana at Monroe from 1997 - 2013 when the sculpture concentration was ended. He now teaches painting and drawing, and is developing courses around digital art, 3D modeling, and 3D printing. 

He has received many grants and awards including an Artist Residency grant to attend Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT; purchase prizes in juried competitions in both drawing and sculpture at McNeese State University, Lake Charles, LA and Delta State University, Cleveland MS; Best in Show at the Louisiana Contemporary Exhibition, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, LA;  and a Louisiana Division of Arts Fellowship.

Mr. Tresner has an extensive exhibition record in galleries and museums and has shown in many juried public art exhibitions in FL, NC, TN, VA, LA, AL, NY, NC, and MS.

He serves as Bry Hall Gallery coordinator, an exhibition space devoted to bringing artists from around the nation to the University and local community, and is a trustee on the Twin City Art Foundation board in support of the Masur Museum of Art.

Creative Works

Art - Exhibition, One-Person, Well I Saw it Differently, Swope Art Museum, Terre Haute, IN. (August 2022).
Art - Exhibition, One-Person, Another Year Tripping Over Cypress, Hinds County Community College, Marie Hull Gallery, Canton, MS. (February 2020).
Art - Exhibition, One-Person, Another Day Tripping Over Cypress, Moffet Gallery, Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, LA. (October 2019).
Art - Exhibition, Group, , Kermlin, Germany. (June 10 2019).
Art - Exhibition, One-Person, Tripping Over Cypress, Lafeyette, LA. (March 8 2019).
Four Stitches Later, solo exhibition, Four Stitches Later, Monroe, LA. (August 5 2018).
International Exhibition, Transformation/Verwandlung, International Group Exhibition, Mönchskirche Museum, Salzwedel, Germany. (August 8 2019).
Art - Exhibition, One-Person, Rough Around the Edges, Monroe, LA. (April 3 2019).
Art - Exhibition, Invitational, Intersections, Murfeesboro, TN. (March 8 2019).
Art - Exhibition, Competitive, Yokna Sculpture Trail, Oxford, MS. (April 12 2019).
Juried National Art Competition, 41st Annual National Juried Exhibition, Durango, CO. (June 2017).
Art - Exhibition, One-Person, Notes From the Road, exit 6A, Living Arts Center, Tulsa, OK. (April 7 2017).
Art - Exhibition, One-Person, Propping up Landscapes, University of Arkansas Monticello campus, Monticello, AR. (February 27 2017).
Art - Exhibition, Group, Markers Mark, Monroe, LA. (July 2015).
Art - Exhibition, One-Person, Notes From the Road Revisited, Oxford, MS. (January 17 2015).
Art - Exhibition, One-Person, Notes From the Road, Rocky Mount NC. (October 5 2015).
Art - Exhibition, Invitational, Artists Among Us, Alexandria Museum of Art, Alexandria, LA. (June 6 2014).
Art - Exhibition, Competitive, 2014 Louisiana Contemporary, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, LA. (July 20 2014).
Art - Exhibition, Group, Annual Faculty Exhibition, ULM campus, Monroe, LA. (August 2013).
Art - Exhibition, Invitational, Makers Mark, Monroe, LA. (July 2015).
Art - Exhibition, One-Person, Notes From the Road, Maria V. Howard Arts Center, Rocky Mount, NC. (October 2014).
Art - Exhibition, Group, Thin Red Line, ULM campus, Monroe, LA. (2013).
Art - Exhibition, Competitive, 6th Annual Outdoor Sculpture Biennial, Delta State University, Cleveland, MS. (2013).
Public Art Competition, Spaces Sculpture Trail, Huntsville, AL. (January 2014).

Recent Publications

Tresner, C. The Sculptor.

Research Grants

Tresner, C. (Principal), "ULM exhibitions" (Funded), The University of Louisiana at Monroe, $23,000. (August 2016 - June 2018).
Tresner, C. (Principal), "Dean's Research Grant" (Funded), Sponsored By College of Arts, Science, and Education, The University of Louisiana at Monroe, $1000. (April 2017 - June 2017).
Tresner, C., "Notes From the Road, exit 6A" (Awarded, Not Yet Funded), The University of Louisiana at Monroe, $1000. (November 2016 - June 2017).
Tresner, C. (Principal), "Large Scale Sculpture" (Funded), The University of Louisiana at Monroe, $1000. (January 2016 - June 2016).
Tresner, C. W. (Principal), "ULM Visual Art Exhibitons" (Funded), Sponsored By Student Government Association Student Activity Enhancement Fee, The University of Louisiana at Monroe, $21275. (2014 - 2016).

Awards & Honors

May 2023 Studio Residency Grant.

June 2021 Creative and Professional Development.

2018 Purchase Award.

June 2017 Honorable Mention.

June 2015 Delta State University Purchase Prize for Large-scale sculpture.

October 2014 Ogden Museum of Southern Art Best in Show.

January 2011 Spaces Sculpture Trail Peoples Choice Award.

June 2010 Fifth Annual Outdoor Sculpture Competition, Bristol TN.

August 2009 Louisiana Division of the Arts Career Advancment Grant.

January 2009 Creative Capital Professional Development Workshop.

August 2008 Louisiana Divsion of Arts Career Advancement Grant.

February 2008 Norhteast Louisiana Arts Council Artist of the Year.

October 2007 Masur Museum of Art aquisition into permanent collection.

March 2007 7th Annual Florida Outdoor Sculpture Competition, 2nd Place.

September 2005 Louisiana Divsion of Arts Mini Grant for artistic research.

August 2005 Pandemonium Foundation Fellowship.

November 2002 Louisiana Division of the Arts Fellowship.

August 2001 ADDY AWARD.

December 1999 Louisiana Dision of Arts Mini Grant for artistic research.

Courses Taught

ART 1001BASIC DESIGN, 1 course(s)


ART 1003DRAWING, 5 course(s)

ART 1004FIGURE DRAWING, 12 course(s)

ART 2000Analytical Perspective, 3 course(s)

ART 2006GRAPHIC DESIGN II, 1 course(s)


ART 2081SCULPTURE, 8 course(s)

ART 3000PORTFOLIO, 1 course(s)



ART 4004ADVANCED DRAWING, 13 course(s)

ART 4005ADV GRAPHIC DESIGN, 1 course(s)

ART 4006COMPUTER ART, 1 course(s)


ART 4041Spec Prob/Drawing, 18 course(s)


ART 4046SPEC PROB: PAINTING, 16 course(s)

ART 4048SPEC PROB: DRAWING, 20 course(s)

ART 4049SPEC PROB: PRINTING, 1 course(s)

ART 4050SPEC PROB: SCULPTURE, 9 course(s)

ART 4071ADVANCED PAINTING, 9 course(s)

ART 4073WATERMEDIA, 4 course(s)


ART 4095RESEARCH PROBLEMS, 17 course(s)