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Kenneth M. Freeman (Mar 27, 1935 - May 29, 2008)

Age 8-17:  Studied art with Joseph DeSalvi and took art lessons at the Art Institute of Chicago

Attended American Academy of Art, in Chicago, IL,  during High School years on an Art Competition scholarship from Stanford University. (Studied under William Mosby and others).

Graduated from the American Academy of Art in 1954

Apprenticed with Haddon Sundblom

Influences: Rembrandt, Franz Hall, and John Singer Sargent

Mediums:  mostly oil and bronze: also pastel and conte’

Awards , Honors, Accolades:
1955: Annual Art Competition, International Ballet Club Artists League, Chicago: 3rd prize
1960: Placed in the Salmagundi Show in New York City and the Union League Club of Chicago
1961: Illinois State Fair, the Annual professional Art Exhibit, “Dori, portrait”, Honorable Mention
1981:  San Diego Museum of Fine Art “The Cowboy”; Best of Show; painting entitled "Helluva Good Morning"
1981,1984,1987,1991,2002, (five times), chosen artist for the Parada del Sol Rodeo in Scottsdale, AZ
1984 Helzapopin’ Rodeo artist, Buckeye, AZ
1987 artist for the 50th anniversary of the Orange Blossom Festival Rodeo in Davey, FL
1988 artist for the Prescott Centennial Rodeo, Prescott, AZ
1988 State of Arizona Department of State Assignment of Trade Name: “ Rembrandt of the Rodeo Circuit”
1992 Invitation by First Lady Barbara Bush to exhibit in an art show at the Smithsonian Institute , Native American Museum  
1999, 2000, 2001 artist for the Hashknife pony express Ride, Scottsdale, AZ. Posters have been made from the painting and sold in the post offices.(1999: “Holbrook Post Office”,2000: “Campin’ at The Verde”, 2001 “The Handoff”). Senator Jon Kyl of Arizona chose the 2000 and 2001 posters to be included in the Legacy Project, and  displayed  in the Library of Congress permanent art collection.
Book covers:  created paintings for Louis L'Amour (Fallon 1988 , Killo 1989,) Will James (Smoky the Cow Horse 1993), James Brown (The Outfit 1990) and other Western authors.
June 1986, Latimer County Phone Book Cover, McAlester, OK, painting image “Mountain Man”
Hamilton Collectibles, created paintings for a ten plate series called "Proud Indian Families"

Posthumous Awards:
Jan, 2010:  Lifetime Achievement for his body of work, Western Artists of America
March, 2010: Western Heritage Award, Parada del Sol Rodeo
March, 2010: Cowboy Spirit Award, National Festival of the West
June 2010: Special Appreciation Award, Prescott-World’s Oldest Rodeo
Dec 2010: Lifetime Achievement Award, Arizona Art Alliance

Permanent Collections:
Booth Western Art Museum:  Shootout at Tombstone, Riding Shotgun
Library of Congress: Prints of: Campin’ at the Verde, The Handoff
Numerous Private Collectors USA, Canada, Germany, Italy, China, and others

The late President Herbert Hoover, Senator Lister Hill,  Elder Okland of the Mormon Church and founder of Okland Corporation, the New Mexican ranching Bogle family, professional accordionist Sherwin Wasserman, country western recording artist Ray Herndon, Chicago restaurateur Mr. Biocetti, Chairman of the Duro Corporation, official portrait artist for The American Medical Association for 10 years.  Commissioned portraits for the Festival of the West including John Wayne, John Smith, Robert Fuller & Waylon Jennings, and many others.

Museum Shows:
1981  “The Cowboy”, group show.  San Diego Museum of Fine Art, San Diego CA
April 1992 Smithsonian Native American Museum, group show  
2007  (March)   Kenneth M Freeman: One man show in Milan, Italy. Fondazione Metropolitan Museum
2008  (Nov) group show “Vaqueros, Buffalo Soldiers and Friends”, Phippen Western Art Museum, Prescott, AZ
2010  (Jan)  “Kenneth M Freeman: Artist at Work”, retrospective exhibition, Booth Western Art Museum, Cartersville, Georgia
2010  (June) “Kenneth M Freeman: Portraits of the West”, retrospective exhibition, Phippen Western Art Museum, Prescott, AZ
2010  (Oct) group show, “Collecting the West, Ranching, Rodeo, Roughstock, Desert Caboleros Western Museum, Wickenburg, AZ
2011  (Jan) group show “Western Artists of America”, Pearce Museum, Corsicanna, TX

Television Features:
Dec 2005, ABC news feature: Interview with Kenneth M Freeman  “A Picture of Trust”
Reno Metro Pulse July 2006 Interview: with “Kenneth M Freeman, Rembrandt of the Rodeo”
Fall 2007 KCIE Public Television, America’s Heartland, episode 217: Interview with Scottsdale painter “Kenneth M Freeman in his studio”
Oct 3, 2010 AZ TV,   AM Arizona: interview with Bonnie Adams, curator of Kenneth M Freeman Legacy

Catologues and Books:
1981:  Museum Catalogue “The Cowboy”, San Diego Museum of Art,” Hellova Good Morning” p.16
2005:  Western Artists of America, Hubbard Museum Catologue, “Eight Seconds to Glory” p.26
2006:  Western Artists of America, Hubbard Museum Catologue, “Herford Time”, p.20
2007:  Western Artists of America, Hubbard Museum Catologue “A Mother to Them All”, p.20
2007  Museum Book ,“Kenneth M Freeman”, Fondazione Metropolitan Museum, Milan, Italy
2008:  Western Artists of America, Hubbard Museum Catologue ,In Memoriam, p.58  
2008:  Booth Western Art Museum Book, ” Works from the Permanent Collection”, featuring painting “Shootout at Tombstone”, p. 43
2009  Museum Book ISBN: 978-0-9843928-0-3 “Kenneth M Freeman: Artist at Work” retrospective for travelling tours of the Kenneth M Freeman Legacy Collection
Simic Gallery vol 2 p.20, artist profile and painting images “Life Saver”, “Tender Moment”

Magazine Feature Articles:
March 1982, Southwest Art Magazine, feature article with painting images p. 60-65; “No. 1 at the Parada del Sol”,” Helluva Good Morning”, “Hang in There”, ”Mountain Man”, “Drummer of Taos”, “The Taos Rain Man”.
Nov 1984, Scottsdale Scene Magazine, feature article with painting image p. 102; “Swappin’ Tales”.
1985 summer Scottsdale Magazine p. 133 article and painting image “Pshchin’ M’self Up”.
July 1988, Arizona Highways, Back Cover; painting image: “All American Cowboy” Prescott Centennial Poster image.
March 1998, Western Horseman Magazine, feature article p.122 with painting images; “American Pride”, “Catahoula”, “Bringin’ Them In”.
Feb 2004, 101 Magazine, feature article with painting image p.30-31; “End of the Trail”.
March 2007, American West Magazine, First Edition, Milan , Italy, feature article, with painting images p.87-93; “Flint”, “Hard Days Night”, “In the Genes”,”I’ll Get ‘em”,”Night Raid”, “Cool Clear Water”, ”Maverick, portrait”, “Movin’ the Herd”, “Tough Draw”.
June 2007, Western Horse Magazine, feature article.p.132; “Eight Seconds to Glory”.
March 2008, Western Art Collector Magazine, feature article with painting images p. 160-165; “Verner Ranch”,”Thinking of the Past”,” Power of the Basket”, “Storm Warning”, “I Am an American”, “Move Over”, “Little Princess”, “Hurtin’ Dirty Ride”.
March 2010, Western Art Collector Magazine, feature article on museum exhibition, with painting images p.168-169; “Tough Draw”, “Impending Decision”, “El Gato”.
April 2010, Vintage Magazine, vol4, issue 4, feature article with painting images p.16-17; “Impending Decision”, “Tough Draw”, “The Hand Off”.,”Little Princess”,”Young Pow Wow Dancer”.
July/Aug 2010 The Peak Magazine, p.24 article and painting image “After the Ride”.

Newspaper Feature Articles:
Sept 27, 1978 Lerner Newspapers , 1-p.21, article , with painting image, “Boggle Family portrait”
Jan 28 1981, Az Republic Extra NE, p.17, feature  article, Ken Freeman
May 3, 1981, Sentinel, San Diego, p.8, feature article and painting image: “Helluva Good Morning”.
Nov 4, 1983 Phoenix Jewish News p. 24,25, feature article and painting images: “Bronc Buster” , ”Round Up”, “After the Ride”.
Oct 1983 The Rancher, p.12, feature article, Cover and painting images: “Bronc Buster”
JUF News Oct/Nov 1984 p.34, feature article and painting images:“Bronc Buster”, “New Gun in Town”, “Time Out”
Dec 25, 1986 The Arizona Republic/northeast, p.5, article , with painting images, “Kicking Out”, “Fallon”
Jan 23, 1991, AZ Republic, PDS10, feature article and painting image: “American Pride”.
Nov 1991, The Desert Crier Vol.2,no.2, p.1 , interview article on Ken Freeman
Jan 1992 The Desert Crier, Vol 2, no.4 p.1, painting image: “Flint”
Dec 23, 1993 Jewish News of Greater Phoenix p.24 ,article and painting Image: “Chanukah Candles”
May 1996, The Arizonian, vol.1, no.8, p.5, feature article and painting images: “Flint”, “American Pride”.
Sept 1999 Az Sentinel, Let’s Go p. 16,17, article , with painting images, “Early Morning Ride”, “All Cowgirls are Beautiful”, “Maverick – portrait” and sculpture “Un Momento Sereno”
Dec 10, 1999 Jewish News  p.16, article , with painting images, “Impending Decision”, “Wendy – portrait”, “He Who Walks with Wolves”
Dec 18, 2002, Az Republic, Scottsdale, p.S7, feature article and paintng image “Mixed Breeds”.
July 4, 2004, Arlington Area Stra-Telegram, 10BB , article , with painting images “Looks Like a Wet One”, “She’s Bringin’ Them In”.

Program Covers and Articles:
1981 Parada del Sol Rodeo Magazine, Cover and p. 33 article.  Painting image: “Time Out”.
1984 Parada del Sol Rodeo Magazine, Cover and p. 8, article.  Painting image: “Bronc Buster”
1987 Parada de Sol Rodeo Magazine, Cover and p. 11 article.  Painting image “Kicking Out”
1988 Prescott Centennial Frontier Days Pro Rodeo Magazine, Cover and p.53 article.  Painting image “All American Cowboy”.
1991 Parada del Sol Rodeo Magazine, Cover and p.15 article.  Painting image “American Pride”
2002 Parada del Sol Rodeo Magazine, p.16 article and Painting image “The Arizona Cowboy”
2002, Spring, Booth Western Art Museum Program Bulletin Cover. Painting image “Shootout at Tombstone”.
Merril Chase Art News, vol X!V, no. 2, Cover and Artist profile, “Bronc Rider”, “Getting a Grip”

Information provided by the artist's widow, Bonnie Adams-Freeman

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