About Sy Gresser

Sy Gresser is a sculptor working in both stone and wood, residing in Silver Spring, MD. He had been groomed since childhood for a career in business or medicine, and earned advanced degrees at the University of Maryland. Through a gift of stone carving tools from a theatre director, Bob Stevens, Sy began carving stone and wood sculptures. He also attended the Institute for Contemporary Art in Washington DC from 1948-49, where he met his mentor, sculptor Bill Taylor.

Over the years, Gresser has done residencies at renowned places such as the Sculpture Studio in Washington, DC; Yale University; Wesley Theological Seminary; and Mt. Rushmore National Memorial. His works have been exhibited in both solo and group shows in Washington DC, Maryland, Alabama, Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, Virginia, North Carolina, Michigan, and South Dakota. Internationally, his works have appeared in Mexico, and Belgium, as well as in American embassies in Switzerland, France, Nigeria, Madagascar, the Fiji Islands, Abu Dhabi and others.

Gresser believes that art celebrates human existence on a spiritual level and transcends the idea of religion. Since his greatest inspiration has come from the strong women in his life, his sculptures frequently celebrate life through the feminine form. He sees this form as the embodiment of all life, not merely because of fertility or sexuality, but because it is expressive of all emotion and healing.

Gresser’s sculptures have a universality of line and form, often mixed with what he calls “impossible juxtapositions.” Of his own work, he says, “When I look at a stone and can capture some human warmth and sense of spiritual meaning, I feel then that I have been successful. That is all I ask.”