Douglas Olmsted Freeman

Douglas Freeman was born in 1953 and graduated from Luther College in 1975. From 1975-77 he was engaged in graduate study, served an apprenticeship and was studio assistant to Mustafa Naguib at the Naguib School of Sculpture in Chicago. His formal education has been supplemented by several extended study-abroad experiences in such diverse locations as Italy, Nepal, and Thailand, as well as workshops with artists Toshio Odate, Tony Hepburn, Don Reita, and Nancy Randall, to name only a few. He has been a sculptor instructor, artist in residence, and head of the sculpture department at the Art Center of Minnesota, and conducted workshops and lecture-demonstrations in several locations throughout the upper Midwest. In 1978 he established the Doug Freeman Sculpture Studio in Minneapolis and since that time has successfully completed numerous sculpture commissions and public works here and abroad. Countless travelers who have passed through Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport have seen and responded to his 1987 Minnesota Fire Service Memorial that depicts a firefighter descending a ladder with a child in his arms. Others will recognize his Cincinnati Flying Pigs and Fish Head Shrouds (1988) or have walked through his Fountain of the Wind water plaza in Duluth, Minnesota (1994). In 1995, Freeman created a series of near-lifesize bronze sculptures, hichifukujin - The Seven Lucky Gods of Japan, for the Tokyo Department of Housing and Urban Development. The following year he returned to Japan with The Seven Animals of Akabane, which were placed throughout the Akabane neighborhood in Tokyo, Japan to complement the Seven Lucky Gods. In addition to his significant public art projects, Freeman has also created several smaller works for private parties and institutions such as the Saint Paul Historical Society, Hennepin County (MN) Medical Center, and the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. There is one piece by Freeman in the Luther College Fine Arts Collection, a bronze bust of O.W. “Pip” Qualley. Qualley served Luther in a variety of faculty and administrative capacities during long association with the College. Freeman’s bust of Qualley was a 1979 gift to the College from Clarence R. and Eileen Qualley Barr in honor of her father.
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