Valerie Freeman – American Artist

BIO


Valerie in Studio

Valerie Freeman creates from her heart and is inspired by life. The diversity of her collections and techniques are a reflection of her unlimited will for self expression. Freeman’s works represent her life journey, ever changing and growing.

Education:

    • 1984

    • New York Academy of Fine Arts, NYC.

1982-78

    • Pratt Institute on Scholarship, Brooklyn, NY, B.F.A.

1982-80

  • Pratt Manhattan Center, NYC.

Solo Shows:

    2013 – 1984

  • Ojai Valley Museum, “Beatrice Wood, Duchamp & Chess”, Ceramic Chess and video installation “Luster vs. Raku”, Ojai, CA
  • Ojai Center for the Arts, Beatrice Wood Showcase, sculpture and paintings, Ojai, CA
  • Ojai Center for the Arts, Paintings & Photography, Ojai, CA2009
  • Los Angeles Public Library, Pacific Palisades Branch, mixed media, Pacific Palisades, CA
  • Cedar Centre Gallerie, “Water-Five elements”, paintings. Lancaster, CA
  • Sunset Studios, Pacific Design Center, Los Angeles, CA
  • Chase Manhattan Bank, Lincoln Center Branch, NYC, Landmark West Series
  • World Trade Center, NYC, Landmark West Series of Paintings
  • Icaan Gallery, Manhattan Beach, CA, Landscape Paintings
  • Urban Center, NYC, Landmark West Series of Paintings
  • Wallgalerie, Braunscheig, West Germany, Pastel Drawings
  • Nassau County Public Library, Glen Cove, NY, mixed media

Group Shows:

    2017-1981

  • 825 Gallery, Hollywood, CA
  • Bella Rosa Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
  • Ventura County Fair, juried exhibit, 1st Prize for ceramic sculpture
  • Ojai Valley Museum, “Reflections”, Ceramic Sculpture, Ojai, CA
  • Ojai Valley Museum, “Know Hope”, Ceramic Sculpture, Ojai, CA
  • Classic Artforms, Los Angeles, CA, Paintings
  • Art Pic, 6826 Troost Ave., North Hollywood, CA, Paintings
  • Ojai Center for the Arts, “Cold Winter Days”, paintings
  • Ojai Museum Art Gallery, “Studio Artists Exhibit”, painting
  • Ojai Museum Art Gallery, “Juried Exhibit”, painting
  • Topanga Art Gallery, National Juried Digital Photography, Topanga, CA
  • Antelope Valley College Art Gallery, “EcoSystems”, digital photography, Lancaster, CA
  • City of Lancaster Museum Art Gallery, “Experimental Photography”, Lancaster, CA
  • City of Lancaster Museum Art Gallery, “Annual Juried Exhibitions”, Lancaster, CA
  • AVAAA Cedar Centre Galleries, Lancaster, CA. “Annual Members Exhibitions”,
  • City of Lancaster Museum Art Gallery, “The World of Insects”, Lancaster, CA
  • Antelope Valley College Art Gallery, Lancaster, CA. “Civil Defense”
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Art Rental Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
  • Kala Gallery, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, CA.
  • Icaan Gallery, Manhattan Beach, CA, Paintings.
  • Discovery Gallery, Glen Cove, NY Paintings & Installations.
  • Vered Gallery, East Hampton, NY, Paintings.
  • Boricua College, Brooklyn, NY, Paintings.
  • Wunsch Arts Center, Glen Cove, NY Paintings, Juried & Invitational Shows
  • 22 Wooster, NYC, Paintings.
  • Pratt Institute Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, Ford Foundation Scholarship Award Exhibit.

Awards:

    2015-1975

  • First Place, Ceramic sculpture “Heart Song”, Ventura County Fair
  • First Place, Ventura County Potter’s Guild, Ojai Music Festival, “Salt n’ Pepper” ceramic goats
  • First Place, Ojai Valley Museum, juried exhibit “Blue Bolt”, Equine ceramic sculpture
  • 2nd Place, Ojai Center for the Arts, Juried exhibit, “Aloon” equine sculpture, Sylvia White juror
  • Honorable Mention, Ojai Center for the Arts, Juried exhibit, Equine painting.
  • Honorable Mention, City of Lancaster Museum Art Gallery, juried exhibit, watercolor
  • S.G.I.A. Golden Image Award, Silver Medal For “Giverny IV”, Iris Print
  • Ford Foundation Studio Scholarship Award.
  • NY Assembly of State Environmental Conservation Award

Art Reviews:

  • Ojai Valley Post, “Freeman Captures Equine Essence”, April 8th,2011.
  • AV Press & LifeStyle Magazine, monthly reviews for exhibits curated at Cedar Centre Galleries and AV College Art Gallery Exhibitions, 2009-04
  • Daily News, “Artist Takes Top Gallery Job”, 2004
  • Newsday, by Margaret Moorman, November 22, 1989.
  • Newsday, by Karin Lipson, August 15 & February 26, 1986.
  • The New York Times, by Helen Harrison, with photo of Painting, 3/2/86, 2/24/85 & 5/20/84.
  • The New York Times, by Joan Sheppard, January 7, 1986.
  • Westsiders, by Al Amateau, January 23, 1986.
  • The Daily News, by Joan Sheppard, October 13, 1985.
  • Newsday, by Malcolm Preston, September 14, 1984.

Selected Commissions:

  • Architectural Digest, by J. Ardiles-Arce, August 1991, Thomas Britt Residence, Faux Woodgrain photos.
  • Earth Save Foundations, Drawings for “School Action Book”, 1996-94.
  • The Upjohn Company, Simi Valley, CA, Landscape Painting, 1992.
  • Municipal Arts Society of NYC, “Landmark West”, Seven Large Cityscape Paintings, 1984.
  • Crystal Cruises, Los Angeles, CA, Series of Mixed Media pieces for the Spa areas

Selected Collections:

  • US Airforce Base Chapel, Southeast Asia
  • TRW Federal Credit Union, Torrance, CA
  • AT&T, NY.
  • Amtec Auditext, Los Angeles, CA.
  • RJ Gordon & Co. Inc., Los Angeles, CA.
  • Upjohn Co., Simi Valley, CA.
  • Firestone, Napa, CA.
  • Pina/Aigien, Ojai, CA

Instructor/Curator:

  • Cedar Centre Galleries, Lancaster, CA, Curator and Gallery Director, 2008-04
  • Antelope Valley College Art Gallery, Lancaster, CA, Exhibition Coordinator/Curator, 2008-06
  • Crystal Symphony Cruiseship, 103 day World Cruise, Art Lecturer, 1997.
  • Crystal Harmony Cruiseship, Guest Art Lecturer, 1996-95.
  • Otis Parsons School of Art & Design, Los Angeles, CA, Painting Techniques, 1990.
  • Long Island University, Southampton, NY, Painting Techniques, 1989

Commercial & Film Art Rentals:

  • Paramount, “Clockstoppers”, “Andy Richter Controls the Universe”, “Orange County”
  • NBC, “Providence”, “Will and Grace”, “Universal City Plaza”
  • CBS, “Young and the Restless”, “Bernie Mac”, “Emeril”, “CSI”
  • 20th Century Fox, “X-Files”, “Dharma & Greg”, “Ball & Chain”
  • Warner Brothers, “Friends”, “ER”
  • Dream Works, “Spin City”
  • Touchstone, “My Wife and Kids”
  • Chelsey Avenue, “The Huntress”
  • MJZ Sony, Commercial, “Southwest Bell”
  • Kelly Productions, “Boston Public”
  • Moxie Pictures, “American Cancer Society”
  • Headquarters, “Sprint”