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Frank Cassara
Regent's Proceedings 686

Frank Cassara, professor of art, will retire from active faculty status on
Retirement May 31, 1983, after a productive career as artist/teacher and

Born in Italy in 1913 and educated in the United States, he earned the M.S.
in design at The University of Michigan. He held scholarships to the Detroit
School of Art and the Colorado Springs School of Fine Art, followed by
special study with Stanley Hayter at Atelier 17 in Paris. He is well known
for his invention of a unique one-bite white etching ground and for new
techniques of intaglio printmaking. His prints have been exhibited and
received awards at exhibitions throughout the United States, Canada,
Europe, and South America. Professor Cassara is represented in the
permanent collections of many museums and public institutions, including
the Library of Congress, the Biblioteque Nationale in Paris, the United
States Information Agency, the Oklahoma Art Center, the Detroit Institute of
Arts, and Free Library of Philadelphia, and many universities.

A five-time recipient of Rackham Research Grants. Professor Cassara has
been a faculty member at The University of Michigan since 1947. His
contributions to the School of Art and the University community have been
lasting and significant. His reputation as a teacher is prodigious. His rapport
with students and dedicated service as a faculty counselor has been

The Regents now salute the many contributions of this distinguished artist
and teacher by naming him Professor Emeritus of Art.