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lynda in studio


Frese’s work as photographer, painter, and printmaker has been exhibited across the United States, and in Europe and South America. and is represented in many private collections and public institutions, including the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, the Center for Photography at Woodstock, NY, the Manetti Shrem Museum in Davis, CA, the Mississippi Museum, and the High Museum of Art in Atlanta. Lynda Frese is 2016 professor emeritus at the University of Louisiana, in Lafayette, where she served on the visual arts faculty for thirty years. She received BFA (1978) and MFA (1986) degrees from the University of California at Davis, and fellowships from Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, the Bogliasco Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, and this summer 2024 at an ArtLab residency at the Mountain Lake Biological Station at the University of Virginia.


The artist received the Louisiana 2016 Artist of the Year Award for her sustained work celebrating the history and culture of the south. The 2018 exhibition Lynda Frese: Holy Memories & Earthly Delights, at the Hilliard Art Museum in Lafayette, LA., surveyed 40 years of the artist’s work from early toned gelatin silver prints produced in California, to recent photo-collage and egg tempera works. An eponymous monograph with critical essays was published by UL Press. Her art practice was featured as part of the documentary film Intention (2020) which premiered at the New Orleans French Film Festival.

photo by Olivia Perillo 

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