Lynda Frese has made south Louisiana her adopted home since 1986. From Rhode Island, she moved to the west coast to study art, receiving both her BFA and MFA degrees from the University of California at Davis. As a graduate student she attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine. Ms. Frese joined the faculty at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 1986 where she taught primarily photography for 30 years. She received the 2013 Distinguished Professor award for her scholarly work and is now Professor Emerita.
Ms. Frese maintains a studio in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana and has been an artist-in-residence at the Rockefeller Bellagio Foundation, the Liguria Center for the Arts and Humanities, ArtStudio Ginestrelle and the American Academy in Rome. Her work has been exhibited in South America, Europe and across the United States; it is represented in private and public collections including the Center for Photography at Woodstock, NY, the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. Ms. Frese received Artist of the Year at the 2016 Louisiana Cultural Awards for her sustained work celebrating the culture and history of the south.