Pat Hill Cresson


Her most recent paintings (2016-17) that have been further initiated by a semester long sabbatical, are abstract oil impressions on wood panels of places, feelings, thoughts and visual impressions. Pat Cresson’s new paintings are poetic and are influenced by nature, her travels, her teaching and her accumulative life experiences. The unique color, textures, and organic and geometric forms become a layered composition of detailed yet simple and direct expression. The work describes both the oneness and complexity of life. This newest body of work reflects the underlying geometric foundation of nature, patterning, movement, and abstract icons influenced at times by her design work incorporating symbols and typography. The recent monoprints reflect a somewhat more literal expression of her ideas about nature and the surrounding world. “It is more important for me to capture the feeling or essence of the experience rather than the factual information. I want other people to have the opportunity for an open interpretation of the work without strong pre-described intentions.”

Many of the artist’s pieces over the years have combined painting, drawing, type, design, and digital imagery with printmaking. In her prints the intention is to create semi-fictitious narrative images that jog the subconscious memory of the viewer whether they are abstract or include figurative elements. Those elements are never highly literal but are suggestive of subconscious and cultural influences. Perhaps the images refer to a place that you have been to, read about or have heard of. Recently the artist has concentrated her inquiry into the connection between geometry and Nature or landscape. Under the foundation of all that is natural and organic lies a geometric grid. She has explored this by juxtaposing hard edge geometric design form and pattern against organic, more literal shapes.

This unlikely combination creates a unique image on many levels. It contrasts flat and deep space, curvilinear and organic line, solid and transparent mass, minute detail versus magnification, and literal against poetic reality. The viewer is drawn into this world almost as a scientist studies plant species. She has always been interested in the “collage aesthetic” or the process of arranging or pasting different materials in one composition of varying materials, textures and colors. Much of her work is based on compositing images in this way.

Pat Hill Cresson
Artist, Professor of Art and Design, Monmouth University, West Long Branch, NJ Department of Art and Design
Monmouth University
Cedar Avenue, West Long Branch, NJ

One-person juried shows:

2017Ceres Gallery, NY,NY, October 3, 2017-October 28, 2017, The Gloucester Series. Oil/wax on wood panels
2014Ceres Gallery, NY, NY, September 30-October 25, 2014, Recent Work, oil/wood panels & recent prints
2013Ceres Gallery, NY, NY, February 5-March 2, 2013, Blue Lagoon Kimono Series and Garden Poetry–Movable Collagraphs (
2010Ceres Gallery, NY, NY, November 2-27, 2010, Recent Intaglio and Serial Monoprints
2008Ceres Gallery, NY, NY September 30-October 25, Monoprints & Drawings: Recent Work Exploring the Relationship Between Nature and Architecture
2006Ceres Gallery, NY, NY, Recent Images and Proverbs, 3/28-4/22, grid-based images and drawings
2005Christina Geis Gallery, Georgian Court University, Recent Work, 3/1-3/31, Lakewood, NJ
2004Ceres Gallery, NY, NY, Flight, Currents, Light II series, February 3-28, the influences of the natural world (air, water, and fire); digital pigment prints; the second in the series (Currents and Light)
2002Monmouth University Gallery, The Last Ten Years: A Retrospective, West Long Branch, NJ, 11/ 8-12/6: Ten years of painting, drawing, digital imaging and illustration.
2002Oakland House, Red Bank, NJ, Currents Series
2001Ceres Gallery, New York, NY, Flight, Currents, Light, 11/01-12/01, the first in a series of three
1999Ceres Gallery, New York, NY, Landscape Scrolls, 11/99-12/99, 24 archival prints
1996Ceres Gallery, New York, NY, Ancient Memory Landscapes, 10/8-11/2/96, 20 archival prints
1993Ceres Gallery, New York, NY, Ancient Land-Modern Images, digital photography
1992The Princeton University League Gallery, Princeton, NJ, Recent Paintings & Computer Images
1991The IDIA Center (The Intervale Design, Idea, & Art Center), Intervale, New Hampshire, The Personal Landscape–Paintings and Computer Images
1990Ceres Gallery, New York, NY, Spiritual Presence in the Land, recent paintings and drawings
1989Kathy Mukaida Fine Art, Rahway, NJ, Recent Paintings and Drawings
1989Richard Stockton State College Art Gallery, Pomona, NJ, Paintings & Computer Images
1988McKissick Museum of Art and Science, The University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, Ancient Civilization Series
1986University Club Artists Series, Washington, DC; Recent Paintings
1985Northern Virginia Community College, Fairfax, Virginia, The Paintings of Pat Hill (Cresson)
1980Cares Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, Works on Paper
1979SOHO Center for Visual Artists, New York, NY, Two Painters-Recent Work (selected by Larry Aldrich of The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Connecticut)

Juried group shows:

2017The Galleries, Kimball Jenkins Estate, Concord, NH, Salon de Refuses Exhibit, monoprint, May 4-June 4
2017Mary R. Koch Art Center, Wichita, KS, Mark Arts National Printmaking Exhibit, monoprint, July 7-August 13
2017CERES Gallery, NYC, Group Show, June 20 – July 15, two paintings, January
2017Contemporary Printmaking Center, Norwalk, Conn., Illumination, December 10, 2017-January 7, 2018, monoprint
2017Monmouth University Art Faculty show, West Long Branch, NJ, five paintings
2015A Little Wax, curated by Douglas Ferrari, Assistant Director, Arts Guild New Jersey, November 22-December 1, 1670 Irving Street, Rahway, NJ
2015Art Alliance, Red Bank, Faculty Exhibition, January, Monmouth University, Brookdale Community College
2014The Realm of All Possibilities, Printmaking Center of New Jersey, juried by Shelley Thorstensen, Branchburg, NJ, print “Medallion in Nature”, June 14-August 30, 2014
2014Unique Impressions IV: The Monotype Guild of New England, SHOW DATES: June 12th -July 7th, Falmouth Art Center, 137 Gifford Street, Falmouth, MA, “Bird on the Edge of Summer”
2013Faculty and Friends, Monmouth University, West Long Branch, NJ, Joan and Robert Rechnitz Hall Inaugural Exhibition, Nov. 11, 2012-March 8;
2013Americas 2013: Paperworks, Jan 7-Feb 20, Minot State University, SD, juror, Nicole Pietrantoni, MFA, is an Assistant Professor of Art at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington. She is the recipient of numerous awards including a Fulbright Fellowship to Iceland, a Leifur Eiríksson Foundation Grant, the Margaret Stonewall Wooldridge Hamblet Award, and the Elizabeth Catlett Fellowship. (30 accepted of 280);
20133rd National Monotype and Monoprint Exhibition, Feb 23-April 6, Barrington Center for the Arts, Wenham, MA, Juror: Mark Pascale, Curator in the Department of Prints and Drawings, Art Institute of Chicago, (94 works accepted out of 700); published monograph;
201334th Annual Juried Art Exhibition, Monmouth Museum, Jan 19-March 3, Lincroft, NJ; This competitive exhibition features eighty works. Juried by the Museum Exhibition Committee; http//
2013From Plate to Print, the Art of Printmaking, Monmouth Museum, Lincroft, NJ, March 10 – April 28, 79 artists selected by juror; the show was juried by Westfield resident Bruce Waldman, an artist in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, is a director of the New York Society of Etchers and is on the board of governors of the Robert Blackburn Printmaking workshop in NYC;
2013University of Wisconsin-Parkside 23RD National Small Print Exhibition, April 11-July 19, 2013, Fine Arts Gallery of the Rita Tallent Picken Regional Center for Arts, Milwaukee, WI, (100 out of 1,000 artists were selected to show), juror, UW-Madison Art Prof. John Hitchcock;
2012Monmouth University Faculty Exhibit, Ice House Gallery, WLB, NJ, January 31-March 9, 2012
2012Inside/Outside, group show, NYC, January 3-28, 2012
2011Women’s Nature, January 3-27, Ceres Gallery, New York, NY, juried exhibit
2010Art on Paper: A Juried Exhibit, Monmouth Museum, April 23-June 27. The exhibit was juried by Bruce Waldman, faculty, SVA and Director of the New York Society of Etchers. There were 75 works chosen from artists of the northeast.
2010Some Notion of Perfection, juried exhibit, June 22- July 17, 2010 at the Ceres Gallery in New York, NY.
20109th Lessedra World Art Print Annual, Miniprint 2010, three prints juried by an international jury in Sofia, Bulgaria, from June 9th-August 28th, 2010.
2010Marks and Myths: Archetypes Throughout the Ages, Printmaking Council of New Jersey gallery, rom July 31-October 9, 2010 juried by Sally Spofford, nationally shown artist.
2009MU Faculty Exhibit, Ice House Gallery, West Long Branch, NJ, October 26- November, 2009
2008Tête-à-Tête Exhibit (annual show featuring work with heads, countenances or craniums), Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Norwalk, Connecticut, curated by Merrill Falkenberg, Curator of The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
2008Silvermine Guild Arts Center AONE (Artists Only in the North East) Exhibit, a 59-year old premier exhibit in the Northeast with 1,200 entries and 126 artists selected to show this year. Juried by Thom Collins, Director
2008The Ocean Show, Shore Institute of the Contemporary Art, Long Branch, NJ, 4/11-4/25
2008Art space National Juried Photography and Printmaking 2008, Art space Gallery, Richmond, Virginia, March 28-April 20; juror, Brooks Johnson, Curator of Photography & 21st-C Art, Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA
2008Footprint International Print Competition 2008, 1st Biennial, Center For Contemporary Printmaking, Norwalk, CT