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Associate Professor, Painting/Drawing
FRANÇOISE DURESSÉ is a multi-media artist whose work is rooted in the traditional and non-traditional practice of painting and drawing, but also in the art and performance of oral storytelling, filmmaking, and experimental music. She is interested in the relationship between spoken and body language, the complexities of memory and place, cultural traditionalism, and the shifting political realities of race identity.
Duressé received a BA in Psychology and a BFA in Painting and Drawing from Wayne State University in Detroit and an MFA from Tyler School of Art, Temple University in Philadelphia. She is currently Assistant Professor of Painting and Drawing at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Her displacement from her native Caribbean to the Middle East, Southeast Asia, Europe, and now the United States, has had a profound impact on her creative work and views of the global world. Recently, she was the recipient of a Yaddo residency and honored with the Donald and Genie Rice Filmmaker Residency Grant. She has exhibited her work in the Middle East, Asia, Europe, and the Americas.