Michael Cassidy

Dr. Michael Cassidy is the co-founder of Studio 4\2, where he does fine art photography and Barbara Seelye creates pottery.  His photography focuses on capturing the awe of being in nature. This is usually the raw beauty of the land but it can also be the delicate refractive colors of a hummingbird or the confident power of a lion.  He is particularly interested in the effect of changing light on clouds and of water moving past stationary objects.  He says: All of the images speak to me of the unimaginable beauty of this world and of our duty to attempt to protect it for future generations. 

Selected solo exhibits:

All Things Bright and Beautiful was held in April 2004 at the Mesquite Arts Center.  This is an exhibit of photo-hymnody, a process of expressing a hymn through photographic images. 

Quiet Time was displayed in February, 2005 at the Goodrich Gallery in Dallas, Texas.  Quiet Time is a collection of meditative photographs.  Several of the photos in Quiet Time mimic the Asian painting technique of depicting perspective through the use of three planes rather than the vanishing point perspective normally used in Western art. 

Texture of Light was on exhibit at Imaginestation from October 17 to November 15, 2005.  This is a collection of images that examine unusual textures revealed by sunrise, sunset and the full moon. 

New exhibits under development include Western Slope, a collection of images mostly from Southwestern Colorado, especially the Uncompahgre National Forest, White Rock Lake Park , a collection of images from the lake in the heart of Dallas and Water  a photographic exploration of the hydrologic cycle.

Selected juried group exhibits: 

Colorado...it's AgriCultural 2006, (First Place: Crops Category), Northwestern Junior College Beede-Hamil Hall, 2007 and on-line at www.coloradoagriculture.com

The Creative Pursuit 2005, NLAPW, Lakewood, TX (Honorable Mention), October 3 - November 26, 2005

Citation 2005, TVAA The Plaza of the Americas, Dallas TX October 8 - 23, 2005

Landscapes of Desire, The Center for Fine Art Photography, Colorado Springs, Colorado, March-April 2005

Art 2004,  National Juried Art Exhibition, Rockwall Artists League, Rockwall, TX November 2004

ISQ404, Imaginestation juried on-line exhibit, October 2004

October National Juried Exhibit, projekt30 publicly juried on-line exhibit exhibit , October 2004

Artscape Emerging Artists Show, Plano, Texas (Second Place), October 2004

Lakewood Library Annual Show (Honorable Mention), June 2004

Texas Visual Arts Annual Show, Dallas, Texas, May 2004

Dia de los Muertos,  Bath House Cultural Center, Dallas , TX, October 2003   

Permanent collections:

Mesquite Arts Center, Mesquite, Texas

various private collections in Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, New York, Texas, Virginia, Switzerland 

Commercial Images:

Wild Goose Island from All Things Bright and Beautiful  will be the cover of  the new CD by classical guitarist Jerry Willard.

Cassidy has a BS from Carnegie Mellon and MS and PhD degrees from the University of Illinois.  He has studied photography or attended workshops with John Carnival and Leo Durlak, the principle photographers of Microscapes, the leading exhibit of art in technology; Vincent Versace; Tim Cooper of the Rocky Mountain School of Photography; and landscape photographer George De Wolfe.  

Cassidy is also the President of White Rock Associates, a consulting firm and teaches management at Mesa State College in Montrose, Colorado.  He is married and the proud parent of three grown children.


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