Michael Rossman

Born: Chambersburg, PA
Education: BID, MFA Pratt Institute (NY)

Professor: The University of the Arts (PA)
Lecturer: Barnes Foundation (PA)

Fellow, National Endowment for the Arts
Recipient, Mary Louise Beitzel Award for Distinguished Teaching
Recipient, Wintersteen Prize for Drawing

Works in numerous private and corporate collections as well as the permanent collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art

"Philadelphia artist Michael Rossman is known for his exclusive interest in drawing. Using graphite as his primary medium, Rossman's work is characterized by his innate sense of mark making, most often, an extensive series of lines from which a landscape will emerge.

Rossman has established a visual vocabulary that is simultaneously abstract and representational. It is systemized yet spontaneous. His drawings appear to be created, built-up, and realized in a natural, organic way like the landscape itself. Rossman has said that he uses the line to see and to better understand the forms and spaces within his scope of vision. His drawings provide a glimpse of his thought process as energized marks and feverish lines reveal an intriguing spatial complexity."  Leah Douglas, Director of Exhibitions, Philadelphia International Airport

"Michael Rossman's edgy, skittish graphite drawings on the edge of abstraction--all about humankind and our built world--radiate a feverish energy and a mind at work constructing and deconstructing the world." Roberta Fallon, The Philadelphia Weekly, November 17, 2004