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Michael Freed

Michael Freed

Born and raised in Oklahoma, Michael Freed, spent most of his youth in rural towns on the great plains. He graduated from art school at the University of Oklahoma.

A five year stint as the director of a non-profit artists' organization and thirteen years in the art gallery business have brought him full circle back to his own art.

An affinity for the artists of the Renaissance and his interest in figurative art have heavily influenced his approach to his work. Some time in Chicago and San Francisco has also been an important aspect of his life and art.

Michael Freed lives in Santa Fe, NM.


1990 BFA, Painting, University of Oklahoma

1981 BA, Journalism/Advertising, University of Oklahoma


1993 New Forms Regional Initiative Grant (NFRIG), NEA, Rockefeller Foundation, and Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts funded award. Criteria includes non-traditional media and non-traditional presentation.

1993 Sudden Opportunity Fund Grant, Visual Artists Coalition, supplemental grant applied to NFRIG project, Thrones of Warriors Installation.

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