Special Lounge Exhibition of the works of Fay Freedman
10/15/2021 to 12/17/2021
Fay Freedman was a beloved faculty member here at the Community Arts Center for 45 years until her death in 1998. She also founded the Figure Drawing and Painting studio here at the CAC where accomplished and aspiring artists had an opportunity to draw and paint from a live model in a collegial setting, to learn from each other, and to share information.
Fay was a great believer in supporting the work of living artists. She was an avid collector herself and regularly organized field trips to galleries. She was also very supportive of the efforts of those who joined her workshops, many of whom went on to art school and successful art careers.
Fay was born in Gary, Indiana, educated at the Art Institute in Chicago and at Wayne State University in Michigan. She worked as a fashion illustrator for the Hudson Department stores in the Midwest and taught ceramics at the Rhode Island School of Design. She joined the CAC family in 1953 when she moved to the Philadelphia area with her husband who accepted a faculty position at the University of Pennsylvania.
Her woodcuts, prints and paintings were displayed in many galleries and museums including the Woodmere Museum, Delaware Art Museum and Philadelphia Museum of Art. Her work is in many private collections across the country and abroad including the DuPont’s Private collection. She donated prints and paintings to charitable causes.
There is a gallery space on the second floor of the CAC’s main building which is in honor of Fay and originally a space for Members of the CAC to exhibit and now exhibits children’s artwork.
This exhibition includes work for sale from the Freedman Family collection with a portion of the sales to benefit the Community Arts Center’s programs.