Gary Freeburg was born 1948 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and was raised there. After serving in Vietnam in the U.S. Navy, Freeburg received three degrees in photography: his B.F.A. and M.A. from Minnesota State University at Mankato in 1974 and 1977 and his M.F.A. from the University of Iowa in 1978. He lived and worked in Alaska for twenty-five years and served as a professor of art at the University of Alaska's Kenai Peninsula College, where he directed the art program and served as the curator in the campus art gallery that now bears his name. He is currently a professor of art and the director of Sawhill Gallery at James Madison University. Freeburg has worked with renowned photographers and educators, such as Ansel Adams, Oliver Gagliani, and John Schultz, and his photographs have been exhibited nationally and appeared in Under Northern Lights, Writers and Artists View the Alaskan Landscape and Looking North (University of Washington Press, 1998; 2000). He has received an Individual Artist Fellowship Grant from the Alaska State Council on the Arts, Anchorage; an honorary degree for his contribution to the visual arts from Alaska Pacific University, Anchorage; and an Art Educator of the Year Award in Higher Education from the Alaska Art Education Association. He was recognized by the Getty Center for Education in the Arts for his art advocacy work in Alaska and Washington, DC, and a documentary film by George C. Johnson, An Artist's Journey to the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes: The Photography of Gary Freeburg, serves as a capstone to Freeburg's photographic work in the wilderness of Alaska.




List of Selected Exhibitions and Publications

Books:

The Valley of 10,000 Smokes: Revisiting the Alaska Sublime
George F. Thompson Publishing, Staunton, Virginia.
Distrubition by International Publishers Marketing
ISBN: 978-1-938086-03-8


The Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes: Revisiting the Alaska Sublime
Alaska Park Science, Volcanoes of Katmai and the Alaska Peninsula
National Park Service, U.S. Department of Interior
Volume 11, Issue 1, 2012


The Sands of Alaska’s Volcanoes: My Kind of Wilderness
Short Stories and Drawings from the Valley of 10,000 Smokes and Aniakchak National Monument, Alaska
George F. Thompson Publishing, Staunton, Virginia
In production for 2017 publication.


A Hard Walk Through Solitude: Aniakchak National Monument, Alaska
Images and essays are in production for a 2018 publication.
George F. Thompson Publishing, Staunton, Virginia


Under Northern Lights, Writers and Artists View the Alaskan Landscape
University of Alaska Fairbanks Museum
Published by University of Washington Press, 2000


Looking North, University of Alaska Fairbanks Museum
Published by University of Washington Press. 1998

Watercolor From the Heart
by Barbara Nechis,
Published by Watson Guptill. 1993


Articles:

Sailing the Inside Passage.
Boating Alaska. Alaska Geographic Society. 2002

Film:

An Artist' s Journey to the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes: The Photography of Gary Freeburg
George C. Johnson Production
30-minute documentary film, Copyright 2010

Selected Exhibitions:

Staunton Augusta Arts Center, Staunton, VA
Blue Ridge Community College
Bridgewater College, Bridgewater, VA
Larkin Arts, Harrisonburg, VA
University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Arts Council of the Valley, Harrisonburg, VA
New Image Gallery at James Madison University
Sawhill Gallery, James Madison University
Black Hills State University, Spearfish, SD
Central Michigan University Art Gallery, Mt. Pleasant, MI
Decker/Morris Gallery, Anchorage, AK
International Gallery of Contemporary Art, Invitational, Anc. AK
Toast Gallery, Anchorage, AK
West Campus Gallery, Valencia Community College, Orlando, FL
ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL
Foto Houston, San Jacinto College South, Houston
Matanuska-Susitna College, Eagle River, AK
Alaska Landscape Invitational Exhibition, Alaska Pacific University, Anc. AK
Alaska Positive, Alaska State Museum, Juneau, AK
Camera Arts Photographic Exhibition, Fairbanks, AK
The Photographic Center of the Monterey Peninsula, Carmel, CA
Ground Zero Exhibit (Exxon Valdez Oil Spill) Visual Arts Center, Anchorage AK
Art in Architecture, Anchorage Museum of History and Art, Anchorage, AK
All Alaska University Art Faculty Exhibition, Alaska State Museum, Juneau, AK
Pratt Museum, Homer, AK; Anchorage
Kenai Fine Arts Center, Kenai, AK
Rarefied Light Juried Photographic Exhibition, Alaska State Museum, Juneau, AK
Alaska State Arts Council Individual Fellowship Exhibition
All Alaska Juried Exhibition, Anchorage Museum of History and Art, Anc. AK
Alaska Positive, Alaska State Museum, Juneau, AK
Visions of Alaska, University of Alaska Fairbanks Museum, Fairbanks, AK
Owatonna Arts Center, Owatonna, MN
Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, MN
The University of Iowa Museum of Art, Iowa City IA
Magic Silver Show, Murray State College, Murray, KY
Minnesota State University, Conklin Gallery, Mankato, MN