Title: Artist, Educator, Contemporary Art Museum Director
Company: Exhibits USA
Location: Sedalia, Missouri, United States
Douglass Freed, Artist, Educator and Contemporary Art Museum Director at Exhibits USA, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Artists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in art direction and education.
Mr. Freed knew from an early age that he was going to be an artist, and when he was in fourth grade, he won a statewide award for his art entry in a littering campaign. He pursued an education at Fort Hays State University, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1967 and a Master of Arts in 1968. Mr. Freed was always interested in administration, and served as the chairman of the art department at the State Fair Community College, where he also worked as a faculty member from 1968 to 1999. He also served on the executive boards for a number of organizations, including the Missouri Arts Council, the Mid America Arts Alliance and the Sedalia Scott Joplin International Rag Time Arts Festival. From 2000 to 2008, he was the director of the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art and he is currently a director of Exhibits USA.
Early in his career, Mr. Freed had his first solo show at the Vorpal Gallery in the SoHo neighborhood of New York City. It gave him a world audience and served as the catalyst for his career, enabling him to eventually lead an international tour and travel all over the world for over 30 years. He has had his work displayed in numerous one-man shows and exhibitions throughout the U.S., and is represented in permanent collections at the Museum of Art and Archeology and the Memorial Union Collection at the University of Missouri. Additionally, he is currently represented in galleries in Miami, Florida, Chicago, Illinois, Tulsa, Oklahoma, and in the Newark Museum of Arts, among others. As a grantee of the Mid American Arts Alliance, Mr. Freed was recognized for his excellence with the Missouri Governors Award for Leadership in the Arts in 2007. Primarily active in large-scale pieces of art, he has a gallery for individual artists, and gains a large portion of his audience from corporations.
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