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Jeff Freeman was born in Bismarck, North Dakota in 1946, and was raised in Mandan, North Dakota. His family lived in Mandan from 1950 to 1960 at which time they moved to Moorhead, Minnesota. Upon receiving his high school diploma in 1964, he enrolled as an art student at Minnesota State University-Moorhead in September of that year, receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in June of 1970. In the fall of that year he enrolled as a graduate student at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, receiving the Master of Arts degree in 1972. He enrolled in the Master of Fine Arts Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in September of 1977. In May of 1980 he completed his graduate studies, being awarded the Master of Fine Arts degree in Painting.

Mr. Freeman joined the faculty of the Art Department at the University of South Dakota in the Fall Semester of 1980, teaching Painting on all levels from beginning through graduate level. He also has taught Drawing, Design, and Graduate Seminars on Contemporary Art Issues and Criticism. He has been a visiting artist at Art Schools and Universities throughout the United States and overseas.

Professor Freeman has been the recipient of grants from the General Research Council of the University of South Dakota, the South Dakota State Arts Council, Arts Midwest-National Endowment for the Arts in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, D.C.  He has also been nominated for Awards in the Visual Arts by the South East Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

He has received numerous awards in various juried art competitions. Among them are Juror's Choice, Endless Visions: the 4th Biennial South Dakota Governor's Exhibition; Best of Show, Wisconsin Biennale, Madison Art Center, Madison, Wisconsin, 1978; Best of Show, Red River Annual, Plains Art Museum, Moorhead, Minnesota, 1979; Best Painting, Sioux City Biennial, Sioux City Art Center, Sioux City, Iowa, 1983; Cash Award, Joslyn Biennial, Joslyn Art  Museum, Omaha, Nebraska, 1984.

His work is included in the permanent collections of the Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, Nebraska, The Sheldon Memorial Gallery of Art, Lincoln, Nebraska; The Plains Art Museum, Fargo, North Dakota; The North Dakota Museum of Art, Grand Forks, North Dakota; The Rourke Gallery and Art Museum, Moorhead, Minnesota; The South Dakota Art Museum, Brookings, South Dakota; The Madison Art Center, Madison, Wisconsin; The Sioux City Art Center, Sioux City, Iowa, and Tianjin Fine Arts Academy, Tianjin, Peoples Republic of China; and in various corporate and private collections across the United States. He has exhibited across the United States, and in Canada, Germany, and The People’s Republic of China. He is listed in Who’s Who in American Art and Who’s Who in America.

He retired from teaching in May of 2011, after having spent the previous 31 years of service on the faculty of the University of South Dakota. He continues to live in Vermillion, where he makes art, cooks some, reads as much as he has time for, drinks coffee, takes long drives in the country, and writes.



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