Born in 1962, Clifford Tresner spent most of his early years in eastern Illinois/western Indiana. He achieved a BFA degree from Indiana State University and the MFA in sculpture from The University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS, 1994. After a few years’ adjunct teaching at Memphis College of Art, and serving as Shop Supervisor, Mr. Tresner was hired for a full-time position at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, where he currently serves as the Art Program Coordinator. He has achieved many awards along the way. Mr. Tresner was granted the Louisiana Arts Fellowship in 2003, the second-place award in the 7th Annual Florida Outdoor Competition, Lakeland, FL, was Northeast Louisiana’s “Artist of the Year” in 2008, and recently, won the Purchase Prize for large-scale public art at Delta State University, Cleveland MS.