Duke Hall Gallery of Fine Art Director, Professor of Art


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Website: http://garyfreeburg.com/

Gary Freeburg is a U.S. Navy, Vietnam veteran. He lived and worked in Alaska for 25 years and served as a Professor of Art at the University of Alaska, Kenai Peninsula College where he directed the art program and served as curator in the campus art gallery that now bears his name. A documentary film by George C. Johnson, An Artist’s Journey to the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes: The Photography of Gary Freeburg, serves as a capstone to Freeburg’s photographic work in the wilderness of Alaska. He is a professor and the Director of the Duke Hall Gallery of Fine Art, School of Art, Design, and Art History, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia.

He worked with renowned photographers and educators Oliver Gagliani, Ansel Adams, and John Schultz.

His work generally calls attention to the earth’s regenerative process through observation, study, and photographic documentation of Alaska’s tidal and volcanic regions.

Lenticular Cloud over Vent Mt. Aniakchak Volcano, Alaska
Lenticular Cloud over Vent Mt. Aniakchak Volcano, Alaska -  Gary Freeburg
Station Fog Bank, Valley of 10,000 Smokes, Alaska
Stationary Fog Bank, Broken Mountain, Valley of 10,000 Smokes, Alaska - Gary Freeburg


B.F.A., Drawing and Photography, Minnesota State University Mankato in 1974                   
M.A., Drawing and Photography, Minnesota State University Mankato in 1977                    
M.F.A., Photography, University of Iowa in 1978                      

His photographs and drawings have been published in books and periodicals including: The Valley of 10,000 Smokes: Revisiting the Alaskan Sublime, George F. Thompson Publisher, 2012; Alaska Park Science, National Park Service/Department of the Interior publication, 2012; Under Northern Lights, Writers and Artists View the Alaskan Landscape, University of Alaska Fairbanks Museum, 2000; and Looking North, University of Alaska Fairbanks Museum, University of Washington Press publication, 1998. His work has been exhibited in more than 120 museums and galleries. The Fairbanks Museum of Art, the Anchorage Museum at the Rasmussen Center and the University of Alaska Archives hold his work in their permanent collections.

Gary Freeburg has received a Individual Artist Fellowship Grant from the Alaska State Council on The Arts, Anchorage, Alaska, an Honorary Degree for his contribution to the visual arts from Alaska Pacific University, Anchorage, Alaska, an Art Educator of the Year Award in Higher Education, Alaska Art Education Association, and he was recognized by the Getty Center for Education in the Arts, for his Art advocacy work in Alaska and Washington, DC.

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