A prolific and versatile artist James J Froese worked in a variety of media. He is best known for his paintings, drawings and assemblages. His artistic style encompasses a range from highly realistic to totally non-objective; often using references to historical events and influences of Native American Art. A visual storyteller, Froese juxtaposes whimsy with the mundane, unraveling the complex layers beneath our common experiences. James Froese is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including a Ford Foundation Purchase Award (Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri). Froese has been exhibited alongside Salvador Dali in a juried art show. His works reside in the private collections of artists throughout the United States.
James J. Froese received his BFA from the Kansas City art Institute. He attended KCAI under full scholarship all four years graduating second in his class. He continued his studies at Cranbrook Academy of Art working towards his MFA degree. Once again he was granted a full scholarship, majoring in painting and sculpture. He finished his Master’s degree at Wichita University in Kansas and began teaching art at Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Alabama. In 1968 he became the Head of the University of Missouri’s Art Extension Program. During this time, he lectured, taught art classes, over saw art exhibitions and judged community art shows throughout the state of Missouri. He ended his career teaching art for the MU’s art department. Upon retirement Froese withdrew from the public realm to concentrate on his private art work.