James J. Froese |
Art Manager – Ethan A. Froese | 573.356.5517 |

August 30 1936 – May 17 2012
Born in Hutchinson, Kansas

Education and History
Attended and received Associate of Arts from Hutchinson (KS) Junior College.
Attended and received Bachelor of Fine Arts from Kansas City Art Institute (2nd in class), Kansas City MO on a scholarship majoring in Painting and Sculpture. Studied under Wilbur Niewald, Julius Schmidt and Dale Eldred.
Attended Cranbrook Academy of Art, Michigan on scholarship in Sculpture. Married to Sally Nelson.
Developed exhibition record and worked full time steel construction.
Attended and received Master of Art from Wichita State University, Kansas. Majored in painting and sculpture.
Accepted position to teach at Jacksonville State University, Alabama. Taught drawing, painting, introduction to art, color and sculpture. Also developed the Exhibition program and Graphic Arts workshop.
Accepted position to develop The University of Missouri’s Art Extension Program. Lectures, exhibitions, painting, drawing and sculpture. Developed films from the Artist-In-Residence program. Published 16mm film on S.P. Dinsmore (Folk Artist) and constructive art critiques for Missouri Art Guilds. Also taught classes in the Fine Arts department; watercolor, composition, experimental mixed media and drawing. Worked extensivly with the Univeristy of Missouri’s graduate program. Became an tenured Professor of Art.
Judge Juried Shows
1989 City of Mesa Jurors award for “Highway Cowboy Chaps”, Mesa Arizona
1989 Columbia Art League Sculptures Large and Small, Columbia Missouri
1989 University of Missouri Faculty Exhibit, Columbia Missouri
1988 Missouri State Fair – Best of Show and 2nd Prize, Sedalia Missouri
1988 University of Missouri Faculty Exhibit, Columbia Missouri
1987 14th Annual Toys Designed by Artist (International Event), The Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock Arkansas
1986 13th Annual Toys Designed by Artist (International Event), The Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock Arkansas
1986 28th Annual Delta Art Exhibition, The Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock Arkansas
1987 Missouri State Fair, 1st prize, two honorable mentions
1987 University of Missouri Faculty Exhibit, Columbia Missouri
1985 Eighteenth Annual Print, Drawing and Crafts Exhibit, Little Rock Arkansas
1985 Watercolor Missouri, Williams Wood College, Fulton Missouri
1981 Appalachian National Drawing Competition, North Carolina
1980 Missouri State Fair, 2nd Place, Sedalia Missouri
1979 Missouri State Fair, 1st Place, Sedalia Missouri
1968 Southern Association of Sculptures Inc. Traveling Exhibition
1968 Art Associates Invitational Group Show, Columbia Missouri
1968 Stephens College Christmas Show, Columbia Missouri
1966 Alabama National Watercolor Show, Birmingham Alabama
1966 Southern Sculpture The Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock Arkansas
1965 Art in Religion Today Independent Presbyterian Church, Birmingham Alabama
1963 Art Directions Gallery Madison Gallery, New York New York
1963 Old Testament National Art Competition – Purchase Prize “Paradise Lost” Painted Cast Lead Figures on Gold, St Louis Missouri

Group Shows
1987 Fish Show Annual Faculty Exhibition University of Missouri, Columbia Missouri
1985 Annual University of Missouri Faculty Exhibit, Columbia Missouri
1985 Mixed Media University of Missouri Fine Arts Gallery, Columbia Missouri
1985 Faculty Exhibit University of Missouri Fine Arts Gallery, Columbia Missouri
1984-85 Missouri at West Surrey, Central Missouri State University, Kansas City Missouri
1979-80 J Hammond Gallery, Houston Texas
1979-80 Columbia Art League, Columbia Missouri
1979-80 The Walnuts Gallery, Philadelphia Pennsylvania
1979-80 Zarricks Galleries, Farmington Connecticut
1978 Toys Made by Artist, Little Rock Arkansas Art Center
1977 Bradley Print Show, Peoria Illinois
1977 Zarick Galleries, Farmington, Connecticut
1977 The Walnuts Art Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1977 St. Elmos Hotel Gallery, Ouray Colorado
1975 Goose Festival, Sumner Missouri
1972 William Woods College, Fulton Missouri
1971 Missouri State Fair 1971-72-74-76-76 Three first prizes and best of show award
1970 Wichita, Kansas State University
1970 St. Louis, Missouri Small Sculpture Gallery
1969 Knoxville University, Tennessee
1968 Stephens College, Columbia Missouri
1967 28th Annual Watercolor Competition, Birmingham Alabama (1964-67)
1967 Eighth Hunter Gallery Annual, Chattanooga, Tennessee
1967 57th National Oil Painting Exhibition, Jackson Mississippi
1967 16th Festival of Arts, Birmingham, Alabama
1966 Southern Association of Sculpture Traveling Exhibition, Five States (1966-68)
1965 Birmingham Religious Exhibition, Alabama
1964 Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Sales and Rental (1964-67)
1964 Little Gallery Frame Shop, Kansas City Missouri
1964 Madison Gallery, New York
1963 Mid-American Annual Kansas City, Missouri. Ford Foundation Purchase Award and Honorable Mention
1963 Ninth Annual Art Exhibit, Wichita Kansas
1962 Cranbrook Academy of Art Exhibit, Michigan
1961 Kansas City Art Institute Exhibit, Kansas City, Missouri

1981-82 University of Missouri Student Permanent Collection
1981-82 Art Graduate Traveling Show



2003 “Captain Rhino’s Progress” Illustration
1982 Missouri Folk – Their Creative Images
1972 Film: S.P. Dinsmor Kansas Folk Artist Academic Support and Conference University of Missouri

1989 “Gallery Talk” Williams Wood Fine Art Gallery
1988 “How to make it as an Artist”, Kansas City Missouri
1987 Drawing Workshop, Mexico Missouri
1986 Slide Presentation and Workshop, Mexico Missouri
1986 Acrylic and Oil, Warrensburg Missouri
1985 Owensville Missouri
1985 School of the Ozarks, Point Lookout Missouri
1985 Watercolor Workshop, Warrensburg Missouri
1985-87 Missouri Traveling Childrens Art Show, Missouri Art Education Association
1984 Brookfield Missouri
1984 Warrensburg Missouri
1983-84 Art Exhibit of Children’s work from Columbia Public Schools
1989 Chancellor’s Purchase Prize in Art for Undergraduates, Columbia Missouri
1986 Annual Red Barn Art Exhibit, Kirksville Missouri
1979-80 Judge: University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg Missouri
1979-80 Judge: Jefferson City Missouri
1979-80 Judge: Chillicothe Missouri

2017 Echo Art Gallery – Johnson City, TX
2017 Salvador Dali Group Show – Tiger Motel – Columbia, MO
2017 Rails to Trails Art Show – Edwardsville Art Center – Edwardsville, Illinois
2016 Selected works, Fresh Cassette Art Gallery – Kansas City MO
2016 Window Exhibit, University of Missouri Art Department, Columbia MO
2016 Selected Prints, The Historic Nelson-Atkins Home – Kansas City MO
2016 Selected Works, The Blue Catering Service – Columbia MO
2016 Rotating Show, Kaldi’s Coffee 2 Locations – Kansas City MO
2015 Kansas Perspective, Ashby-Hodge Gallery of American Art – Fayette MO
2015 Artragous Weekends, Boone County Bank – Columbia MO
2015 37 Days Until Spring Montminy Gallery – Columbia MO
2015 Southern Illinois University Edwardsville – Edwardsville IL
2014 The Gogh-Getters Selected works of James J. Froese – Edwardsville IL
2014 Selected works at Broadway Brewery – Columbia Missouri
2013 Friends of Art – Art Auction Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
2013 Lakota Coffee Shop Exhibit
2013 Memorial Art Show Montminy Art Gallery, Columbia Missouri
2013 Abigal’s Art Show Rocheport Missouri
2013 Public School Silent Auction – Missouri Theatre, Columbia Missouri
1990 Nebo Gallery, Rocheport Missouri
1989 Williams Woods, Fulton Missouri
1987 Columbia Art League, Columbia Missouri
1984 University of Minnesota
1981-82 Community Center (Peoples Place) Chillicothe Missouri
1979-88 Geneva Gallery, Ouray Colorado
1979-80 Mineral Area Junior College, Park Hills Missouri
1979-80 Southeast Missouri State Kent Library, Springfield Missouri
1968 Columbia Missouri Art Association Invitational Group, Columbia Missouri
1968 Stephens College Christmas Show, Columbia, Missouri
1968 Southern Association of Sculptures, Inc. Travelling Exhibition
1967 Field Sculpture with Discarded Materials: Service Men’s Club, Port McClellan, Alabama
1967 28th Annual Watercolor Competition, Birmingham, Alabama
1967 Eighth Hunter Gallery Annual, Chattanooga, Tennessee
1967 57th National Oil Painting Exhibition, Jackson, Mississippi
1967 Summer Invitational Exhibition Nelson Aitkins Museum, Kansas City, Missouri
1967 Arts Festival Chillicothe, Missouri
1966 Alabama National Watercolor Show, Birmingham, Alabama
1966 Southern Association of Sculpture Travelling Exhibition, Southern United States
1966 The Birmingham Religious Exhibition Birmingham, Alabama
1966 The Artists Choice Nelson Atkins Museum Sales and Rental, Kansas City, Missouri
1964 – 1967 Nelson Atkins Museum of Art Kansas City, Missouri Sales and Rental Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri
1964-1965 Little Gallery Frame Shop, Kansas City, Missouri
1964 Alabama National Watercolor Show Birmingham, Alabama
1964 Madison Gallery Quarterly Exhibit, New York, New York
1964 University of Wichita One Man Show Wichita, Kansas
1963 The Sixth Annual Old Testament national Art Competition, St. Louis, Missouri
1963 Mid-American Annual Kansas City, Missouri
1963 Wichita Ninth Annual Art Exhibit, Wichita, Kansas
1962 Cranbrook Academy of Art Museum Summer Show, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
1959-1961 Kansas City Art Institution, Student Summer Shows, Kansas City Missouri

Selected Collections
Works held in private collections throughout the United States.
Selected Reviews/Interviews

Robert Froese (Brother)
“James Froese was a gifted painter and sculptor who was admired by his students and fellow artists. His interest in history, literature and music influenced his work. His subject matter was often drawn from his past experiences which made his work unique. This was especially true of many of his assemblages. His paintings, drawings, sculpture and three-dimensional works are those of a gifted story-teller. He was not only skilled in his craft, but was one of the most creative artists of his generation. I was fortunate to have known him as an artist, close friend and brother.”

Paul Jackson AWS, NWS (former student)
“Jim Froese was the painting teacher with magnetism when I was in grad school. He radiated energy from the perpetual motion of creation, inspiring everyone that encountered his orbit. There seemed to be so much more going on beneath the surface with Jim, in his paintings and through his sense of humor. He shared both freely with those of us lucky enough to be around at that time. Jim retired to his studio in 1992 to pursue his creative passions more intently, shutting out the noise that distracted his focus. He spent the best of his career dedicated to the creation of his ideas, leaving us a most remarkable body of artwork, revealing volumes about what dreams a brilliant artist kept below the surface.”

Storie Mooser (friend and former co-student at KCAI)
“Most of what we see of the works of “great artist” is what has been filtered by critics and historians, not, on the other hand, the work that piles up otherwise but is culed from public view by the “authorities” as less “meaningful”, and certainly not that judged trite. But any artist who spent as much time in the studio and was as prolific as J. J. Froese ranges widely in style, themes, techniques, mediums,….on and on. Jim is here as in all his work and to know him and appreciate his wonderful legacy it is necessary to see all of it, whether sublime or just exploratory play. Jim was a playful cuss.”
Selected Grants/Awards / Honors
1966 – 1968 Professor of Art, Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville Alabama
1968 – 1992 Professor of Art, University of Missouri, Columbia Missouri
1963-Ford Foundation Purchase Award Honorable Mention
St. Louis, Missouri 1963- First prize in sculpture, Purchase Award
Exhibited alongside Salvador Dali in a juried art show
Apprentice to Thomas Hart Benton while at the Kansas City Art Institute



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