November 26, 2022 - March 19, 2023 Eldredge Gallery
Rodney Frew, a longtime local artist and art educator, developed a reputation for not only his talent as a printmaker, but his “penchant for depicting the human condition in a no-holds-barred manner.” His focused attention on the absurdities of life were informed by humor and sarcasm. He noted, “I’ve never been enamored of the pretty. Cake icing has no appeal to me. Regardless of what subject or medium I’m working with; I try to get beyond the surface.”
Frew taught printmaking, drawing, and painting at Missouri State University for 34 years, retiring with emeritus status in 1997. He exhibited his work often at the Springfield Art Museum, as well as national and international venues. This exhibition features a broad range of Frew’s work pulled from the Museum’s permanent collection, thanks in large part to a generous gift from the artist’s estate, facilitated by his son Morgan Frew, in 2019.
Rodney Frew, Self, My 65th Year, 1998, Oil on canvas. Gift of Morgan Frew and the Estate of Rodney Frew. Collection of the Springfield Art Museum. Copyright Estate of Rodney Frew.