Frank Cassara (Italian, born 1913)
Italian born painter and printmaker Frank Cassara studied under Walter Speck, Reginald Bennett at the Detroit School of Art from 1933-36. He also studied fresco painting with Jean Paul Slusser. In 1938 he was appointed supervisor of Michigan’s easel painting section of the WPA/FAP. Cassara for this program including at the Thompson School in Highland Park, the Water Conditioning Plant in Lansing, Fort Wayne in Detroit, a post office mural in east Detroit, and another in Sandusky. He began teaching at the University of Michigan in 1947, earned a Master’s degree in Design in 1954. In 1958 he studied at Stanley W. Hayter’s Atelier 17 in Paris. From the late 1950’s on he focused on print and paper making. His work is in several Michigan museum collections, the Biblioth que Nationale in Paris, the Stedelijik Museum, Amsterdam, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. A sketch of a woman’s head from the Water Conditioning Plant mural is part of Kresge Art Museum’s collection.
Bio Courtesy of New Deal Art and Architecture