USD professor’s art featured in Brookings

USD professor's art featured in Brookings For Jeff Freeman, professor of drawing, design and painting at The University of South Dakota, art comes from the areas of life that do not have specific boundaries.

"People often speak of being grounded, about setting your moral compass," said Freeman. "In anyone's life there are gray areas where definitions are not clear cut, but nuances are many. This is a place where morality, poetry and art find their truth."

Freeman's artwork, which explores this theme and the various paradoxes of life, will be on exhibit from July 1 through Nov. 2 at the South Dakota Art Museum in Brookings.

Freeman, listed in both Who's Who in American Art and Who's Who in America, said his paintings also make indirect references to minor variations in the route he has taken in his life.

The Moorhead, MN, native considers painting "a contemplative process regarding mapping out, in some personal way, the pathways that I am traveling."

Freeman has a bachelor's degree from Moorhead State University, a master of arts degree from the University of North Dakota and a master of fine arts degree in painting from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

His work is included in permanent collections in Nebraska, North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and at the South Dakota Art Museum, as well as in various private and corporate collections across the country.

Freeman has exhibited in Germany, Canada, The People's Republic of China and across the United States, earning multiple Best of Show and other awards.

The artist has received grants from the General Research Council of The University of South Dakota and the South Dakota State Arts Council, as well as the 1991 National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, DC, and the Arts Midwest-National Endowment for the Arts in Minneapolis, MN.

Freeman has been teaching at USD in Vermillion since 1980.

An artist's reception will be held Sept. 18, with a gallery talk at 5:30 p.m. This will be in conjunction with the South Dakota Artist Series, Jean Peter-Larsen and Lisa Shoemaker exhibit and the Harvey Dunn War Works reception.

South Dakota Arts Council support is provided with funds from the State of South Dakota, through the Department of Education and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Admittance is free to the South Dakota Art Museum, located on Medary Avenue at Harvey Dunn Street on the South Dakota State University campus in Brookings. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays, noon to 4 p.m. Sundays and closed holidays.

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