Professor Morrissey received his BA in Art (Photography Concentration) from the University of Florida in 1976 and his MFA (Ceramics) from Arizona State University in1978. Professor Morrissey has continued his graduate education since receiving his MFA; receiving a CAGS in Instructional technology and Educational Leadership from Rhode Island College in 1991 and the MPA (Arts Administration) from the University of Rhode Island in 2000. His graduate level studies also include the Cal State University Summer Arts Program in 1991 and 1992 where he studied Computer Art.
His teaching experience includes teaching credit courses at RISD, MIT, RIC, as well as Miami Dade Community College in Florida. He has also taught at the Mendicino Arts Center (CA) and as a senior scholar through the USIS and Fulbright American Cultural Programs. Prof. Morrissey was awarded the State of Florida Individual Artist Fellowship in1979. He has also received several grants and awards for his creative work from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts and was awarded the Rhode Island Foundation New Works Award and Cerino Fellowship.
Prof. Morrissey’s work is included in several permanent collections including the RISD Museum, Corcoran Gallery, Washington, DC and the International Center for Photography, NYC. He also constructed a large-scale marble sculpture in Hue, Vietnam during the 3rd International Sculpture Symposium (2002) (shown in the image included on this page).
His international awards include the Kellogg Fellowship in International Development 1985-1989 for his documentary video and artistic work with Brazilian universities and artisans stricken by Schistosoma Parasites. He has been a Fulbright Scholar to Vietnam during his sabbatical leave from CCRI during 2003.
His photography was published in a monograph of his photographs: Between the Lines: Photographs from the National Vietnam Veterans Memorial (Published 2000 Syracuse University Press).