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photo by Olivia Perillo

Lynda Frese is a painter, photographer, and printmaker interested in exploring human relationship with the natural world. Her work finds inspiration in the art of prehistoric peoples, as well as Renaissance religious themes and rituals which reference the sacredness of nature. Frese grew up in New England, and earned a B.A. degree in 1978 and an M.F.A. degree in 1986 from the University of California, Davis. She is Professor Emerita at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, where she taught for thirty years.


Her work has been awarded with a Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture Fellowship, Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship, and Bogliasco Foundation Fellowship. She has held multiple residencies at the American Academy in Rome, White Colony in Costa Rica, Ginestrelle ArtStudio and RUC Rural Residency for Contemporary Arts in Italy. In 2020 she was an artist-in-residence at the Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts and Sciences in Georgia. She has received awards from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Andy Warhol Foundation, and the Louisiana State Arts Council.


Her 2018 exhibition, “Lynda Frese: Holy Memories & Earthly Delights” at the Hilliard Museum, surveyed 40 years of the artist’s work from early toned gelatin silver prints produced in California to recent photo-collage and egg tempera work. An eponymous monograph with critical essays has been published by UL Press. Her work resides in the permanent collections of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, High Museum of Art, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Manetti Shrem Museum of Art, Mississippi Museum of Art, Birmingham Museum of Art, Art Museum of Western Virginia, Palazzo Farnese Collection, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Crocker Art Museum, William Benton Museum of Art, the Hilliard Art Museum, the Center for Louisiana Studies, including private and corporate collections.