Freund Programs

Dana Levy (right) conducts a studio review with MFA-VA student Liz Moore. Photo: Whitney Curtis.

The Henry L. and Natalie E. Freund Art Endowment Fund supports a pair of programs within the Sam Fox School: the Freund Teaching Fellowship and the Freund Visiting Artist Program.

Henry L. and Natalie E. Freund Teaching Fellowship

Established in 1986, the Henry L. and Natalie E. Freund Teaching Fellowship promotes the exhibition and acquisition of contemporary art at the Saint Louis Art Museum, as well as the teaching of contemporary art principles in the Sam Fox School. The fellowship centers around two core components: teaching in the Graduate School of Art and producing work for a solo exhibition for the museum's Currents series.

Photographer Jess T. Dugan is the Freund Teaching Fellow for the 2020-21 academic year. "Identity and social connection are driving forces in my life and work," Dugan says, "and I have long been drawn to making photographic portraits in pursuit of a deeper understanding of these human experiences." Their work, Dugan adds, "invites viewers to engage with others in an intimate, meaningful way, requiring them to reflect on their own identities in the process."
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Dana Levy served as the Freund Teaching Fellow for the 2019-20 academic year. Her multimedia practice ranges across video, installation, animation and photography, and is primarily concerned with man’s relationship to nature and the tension between the man-made and natural world.
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Dave Hullfish Bailey served as the Freund Teaching Fellow for the 2018-19 academic year. His Saint Louis Art Museum exhibition Currents 117: Dave Hullfish Bailey traced relationships between water scarcity, overdrawn aquifers, and human activities through real and imagined maps, large-scale sculpture, and photography.

Past Freund Teaching Fellows include Michael Byron, Catherine Opie, Phil Robinson, Francis Cape, Ellen Gallagher, Matthew Buckingham, Cameron Martin, Angelina Gualdoni, Sarah Oppenheimer, Claudia Schmacke, Bruce Yonemoto, Ian Monroe, Chelsea Knight, Renata Stih & Frieder Schnock, Won Ju Lim, Mariam Ghani, Andréa Stanislav, Shimon Attie, and Jennifer Bornstein.

Henry L. and Natalie E. Freund Visiting Artist Program

The Freund Visiting Artist Program, launched in 2009, is open to a practicing artist, architect, or designer nominated by a current Sam Fox School faculty member. The visiting artist works with students and faculty on campus and produces an exhibition of work at the Kemper Art Museum. Recent Freund Visiting Artists include Balázs Kicsiny and Allison Smith.