Russellville artist to showcase exhibit in Stephens Gallery

Release Date: 3/1/2012

Clarksville, Ark. --- Russellville artist Daniel Freeman will have his exhibit Hard Candy displayed at University of the Ozarks' Stephens Art Gallery throughout March as part of the University's Artist of the Month Series.

'Hard Candy' by Daniel Freeman.

Russellville artist Daniel Freeman will have his exhibit Hard Candy displayed at University of the Ozarks' Stephens Art Gallery throughout March.

The exhibit will be held from March 5-30 in the gallery, which is located in the Walton Fine Arts Center on the Clarksville campus. The exhibit is free and open to the public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. There will be a reception to meet the artist from 7-8 p.m. on Monday, March 5, in the gallery.

Freeman, who is adjunct professor at Arkansas Tech University, was born in Russellville and grew up in the small towns of the mid-south. He studied at Memphis College of Art, where he received his bachelor's degree in fine arts and graphic design in 2007. In 2006, he traveled to Florence, Italy as a summer student resident and studied at Santa Reparata International School of Art. He then learned the foundations of book making and the Italian language.

For over two decades, Freeman has engulfed himself in painting, book design, drawing, photography, digital design as well as song through sound and poetry. He is known for his clever narratives, which flow with his art in elegant fluidity. His creativity for storytelling, paint throwing, up-close meticulous fine-tuning art, leaves him searching for new wisdom to stimulate his brain on a day-to-day basis. As a student at Memphis College of Art, he was commissioned to do the posters and ticket design for a Mud Island Rap festival, hosted by MTV. Later he designed billboard concept art for companies such as Chevrolet and Honda. He said that as an intern at Thomson and Company in Memphis, he was given his first taste of the corporate art world where he felt stripped of his creativity and soon realized he wished to pursue a less forced use of his talent. He then went to work for himself as a freelance artist, where the world of art was endless.

Freeman has had numerous individual shows in Arkansas as well as group shows in Tennessee and Louisiana. In July of 2009, he hosted his work, "The Actors for My Stories," as an introduction to the City of Russellville. In February of 2010, Freeman was solely commissioned by the Boys and Girls Club of Russellville to paint numerous murals to decorate, as well as auction off, in their charity ball. From this experience, he is currently partnered with local businesses to collaborate fresh ideas where his work is subject to design interiors, as well as murals for extravagant parties.

Freeman continues to push the boundaries of conventional as well as experimental thinking for his art making. He believes, "we live how we live, no one can tell us how to do it, that is what makes us who we are. That determines what we become."