E. Freel, Jr.
Freel Desert Studios
9515 N. Stonebrook Dr.
Tucson, AZ 85743
Selected Invitational, Solo, 2-4 Person Exhibits
2020 - One painting accepted into Tucson Medical Center Healing Art's Permanent Collection.
2018-19 Tucson Museum of Art acquisition of Mirle's B/W and
color photographic prints including Cibachrome Collection in TMA
Permanent Collection with upcoming exhibition of the collection.
2019 Donation by Mirle to fundraiser "Fashion Fete" at Tucson Museum of Art
Painting "Aardvark, Aardvark, How Do You Do!" and illustrated book by
same name. Donated painting to CRUSH fundraiser for .TMA.
2019 Photographic prints on exhibit at Contreras Gallery, Tucson.
2019 Invitational Art Show at Tucson Cactus and Koi. Featured artist in
"Bloom Garden Art" showing nonobjective /abstract painting in April.
Charity show for Banner Hospital Children's Art Program.
2017 Etherton/Temple Gallery, photograph and painting by Mirle Freel, Dinnerware Contemporary Art Gallery - Artists 1990 - 2003, March 4 - May 4, Reception: March 4, 5-7pm, Tucson, AZ.
2016 The Drawing Studio, Art Un/dressed, a celebration of the
human form, paintings by Mirle Freel and Judy O'Toole-Freel, April 16 - May 11, reception: Sat. April 16, 6-9pm, Tucson, AZ.
2014-2015 Tucson Museum of Art, Shadow Play: Selections from the Contemporary Art Collections Exhibit, B/W Photographs by Mirle Freel, October 18, 2014 - June 15, 2015.
2014 Tucson International Airport, Lower Link Gallery Exhibition of
"Zigzag the Rocking Roadrunner" graphic illustrations, by Mirle Freel,
Author Judy O'Toole-Freel, September 15 - December 14, 2014.
2013 Mesch, Clark, & Rothchild Gallery, Tucson, "A Splash of Glass Exhibition"
of photogaphs by Mirle Freel, September - December, 2013.
2010 Ranch House Art Gallery, Agua Caliente Park, Title: "Southwest Exposures". (series 1: Fleet's Portrait, series 2: Colors of Arizona),
30 digital photographic paintings and digital photographs., Tucson, AZ.
2009-2010 Tucson International Airport, Upper Link Gallery, "Horse Paintings and Photographs, Tucson, AZ. Curated by Viki Matthews
2008 Western National Parks Association, "Colors of Arizona", color photographs with a presentation by Mirle on his photography exhibition and a book signing and presentation on Aardvark, Aardvark, How Do you Do! by Mirle and Judy.
2007 James Meryl Hearst Center for the Arts, Permanent Collection Exhibit, "Dreams" in Dresser-Robbinson Gallery, Cedar Falls, Iowa
2004 Platform Gallery(3-person) Tucson,
2003 Limelight Gallery (featured artist)
drawings and sculptures Tucson.
2000 Drawings of the Subconscious,
The Arts Chateau Museum, Butte, Montana-Curated by Glenn Bodis
Jamboree: Musical Messages, The University of Great Falls Fine
Arts Gallery, Great Falls, Montana. Curated by J. Becker.
1999 Western Experiences: Landscapes
and Icons, Anna Miller Museum, Newcastle, Wyoming. Curated by
-Drawings of Subconscious Derivations. Montana Gallery of Fine
Arts, Deer Lodge, Montana. Curated by Bob Barkell.
-1 Artist-3 Modes-3 Visions, H. Earl Clack Museum Art Gallery,
Havre, Montana. Curated by Donna McGregor.
1998 Visions of an Artist, The
Bayleaf, Great Falls, Montana, Curated by C. Linseth.
-Subconscious Visions, The Montana Secretary of State's Office,
Helena, Montana. Curated by Committee and Mike Cooney.
1996 Passages, Myrna Loy , Helena,
Montana. Curated by Tim Sperry.
-A Sense of Form, Gallery 16, Great Falls, Montana. Curated
-Modes of Expression, Barbed Wire Festival, University of Great
1994-95 Four Mediums- Sixty Pieces,
Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art, Great
Falls, Montana. Curated by Bonnie Laing Malcolmsom and Barbara Racker.
1992 A Sense of Form/Light, James
& Meryl Hearst Center for the Arts, Cedar Falls,
Iowa. Curated by Mary Huber.
1984 Recent Works, Morningside
College, Sioux City. Iowa. Curated: John Bowitz.
- Paintings of the Subconscious, Art Gallery, Grand View College,
Des Moines, Iowa. -Celebrations of Wyoming, Nicolayson Art
Museum, Casper, Wyoming. Curated by J.M. Neil.
1983 The Nude in Art, Joseph Gross
Gallery, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ.
1982 Water Forms, Artists and
Artisans Gallery, Houston, Texas. Curated by Joanne McDonald.
-The West Revealed, Central Wyoming College Art Gallery, Riverton,
Curated by Bob Gregor.
-My Visions, Art Gallery, Louisiana Tech. University, Ruston,
1979 A Sense of Form, Tucson Museum
of Art, Tucson, Arizona.
-Images of Light, Antioch College, Yellow Springs, Ohio. Curated
by Nancy Rexroth.
-Visions Through Light, Status Gallery, Laguna Beach, California.Curated
1978 A Source of Light, Community
Darkroom, Albany, New York.
-Recent Works, Gallery 10, Brookdale Community College, Lincroft,
-Color and Black and White, Status Gallery, Tucson, Arizona.Curated
by Stuffy Lewis.
-Kay Bonfoey Gallery, Tucson, Arizona.
1977 Three Artists, University
of Oregon Museum, Eugene, Oregon.
-Visual Expressions, Photographic Gallery, Bowmanville, Ontario,
Curated by Neil Newton.
-Black and White Expressions, Cornell University, Ithaca, New
Curated by Stan Bowman and Jacqueline Livingston.
-Paintings of the Subconscious, Kirkland Art Center, Clinton,
1976 Fine Arts Center of Clinton, Clinton,
1975 Photographic Assemblages,
Image Gallery, New York City.
-Recent Photographs, Photographic Gallery, Middle Tennessee
State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
-Photographic Landscapes and People, Photograpic Society of
Auckland, New Zealand.
-Two Artists, Columbus Gallery of Fine Art Museum, Columbus,
1974 Three Media Show, Southwest
Minnesota State College, Marshall, MN.
-Two Media Show, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan.
1973 Drawings, Photographs, Paintings,
Oscar Howe Gallery, W. H. Over Museum University of South Dakota,
Vermillion, South Dakota
-State Capitol Building, Pierre, South Dakota.
2006 Solar Culture, Tucson,AZ.
2005 Creative Light, Stone Avenue Gallery, Tucson, AZ (Espousing Art)
2004 - 2005 Platform Gallery Tucson, AZ
2004 - 2001 The Limelight Gallery, Tucson, AZ (Featured Artist)
-Creative Light Stone Ave. Gallery, Tucson, AZ
-Dinnerware Contemporary Art Gallery, Tucson, AZ
-Solar Culture, Tucson, AZ
-Phantom Gallery, Tucson, AZ
-Artists of Rural Pima County, Tucson Pima Arts Council, Tucson, AZ.
-3Falk, Tubac, AZ.
-Access Tucson, 15 minutes: A Collaboration Experimentation of Space
2000 Men's Art Works 2000, Galerie Trinitas, University of Great Falls,
Great Falls, Montana. Curated by Pat Bushly Johnson and Donna O'Connor
-The First Ground Zero Millennial of Contemporary Artists. Fine Arts
University of Great Falls, Great Falls, Montana.
1999 Art and Politics, Sutton West Art Gallery, Missoula, Montana.
- Grant-Kohrs Ranch Traveling Exhibition, Powell County Museum, Deer
Hockaday Art Museum, Kalispell, Emerson Cultural Center, Bozeman,
1994 Six Montana Artists, Governor's Cultural Foundation, Governor's
1993 C. M.Russell Art Auction, Great Falls, Montana.
1985 A Commitment To Vision: The First Twenty Years. Photography at
Gallery, Museum of Art, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon. A large
retrospecive exhibit of 100 invited photographers. Exhibit traveled
to galleries in the Northwest, across the U.S., Japan & Australia.
1982 Burpee Art Museum, Rockford, Illinois.
-42nd Annual Art Exhibition, Sioux City Art Center, Sioux, City, Iowa.
1975 American Painters in Paris Exhibition, ARGRAF, Paris, France
Juried under presidency of Mr. Pierre Salinger & committee of
arts & letters.
1971 College of Mid-America Traveling Exhibit: Clemson University,
University, Jackson Art Museum, R.I. T., Notre Dame, Philadelphia
of Art, Ohio University, University of Nebraska, Washington State
Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art, Great Falls, Montana.
Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, Arizona.
Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
James and Meryl Hearst Museum of Art, Cedar Falls, Iowa.
University of Great Falls, Great Falls, Montana.
Central Wyoming College, Riverton, Wyoming.
Fifth Avenue Gallery, Thermopolis, Wyoming.
Nicolaysen Art Museum, Casper, Wyoming.
Selected CORPORATE COLLECTIONS
Professional Financial Corporation, Des Moines, Iowa.
Barter Incorporated, Des Moines, Iowa.
Dr. Larry Hicks Optometry Clinic, Creston, Iowa.
Dr. Meredith Saunders Opthamalogy Clinic, Des Moines, Iowa.
Dr. James Wong D.D.S. Tucson, Arizona.
Thomas Davis Clinic, Tucson, Arizona.
Law Firm of James Rice, Attorney, Mesa, Arizona
John Wells, Tucson, AZ.
BIBLIOGRAPHY (* REVIEWS)
2014 - The Cafe Review, published color photographs of the Metamorphosis series,
by Mirle Freel, Spring 2014
First Annual DIY Design Award Winner, Tucson Home Magazine, Summer
2006, text by Eric Van Meter and photos by Tim Fuller.
-* Ayla Gilbert, Oro Valley/Marana Magazine, "A Life's Work", August 2008.
-*Joan Barrett, Arizona Daily Star, "Living With Art", August
-J. Becker, Montana Contemporary Artists - slide, video & telecom
program, The University of Great Falls, Great Falls, Montana, 2000-ongoing.
- Bonnie Laing-Malcolmson, Permanent Collection Exhibit Catalog, Paris
Gibson Square Museum of Art, 1996.
-*Lynn Pyne, "Arts of the American West," ARTnews, November
-*Donna Hagfeldt, "Blackboards and Paintbrushes," Aurora
Magazine, Summer 1995.
-*"Exhibition Opening:Paris Gibson Square," Aurora Magazine,
-Peter Blaine, Sr. with Michael Adams, Arizona Historical Society,
Papagos and Politics, 1981. Photograph by Mirle Freel, jr.
-Photography at Oregon Gallery, Commitment To Vision Exhibition Catalog,
Museum of Art, University of Oregon, 1986.
-Dodie Gust, "A Sense of Form: Mirle Freel, Sketchbook, A Voice
of the Arts in Tucson,
-Judy Freel, "How Many Times," Design Magazine, Midsummer
1976. Graphic design by Mirle Freel, Jr.
-Joseph M. Stuart, Northwestern Biennial ll Exhibition Catalog, The
South Dakota Memorial Art Center, 1974.
-Adrian Hannus, Anthropologist, documentary on film: "Eco-Ethnology
of the High Plains Indians" later named: "Wilderness Experience,"
Huron College, Huron, South Dakota, 1973. Mirle Freel jr. - filmmaker.
-Daniel and lInda Lusk, Sunday Clothes" A Magazine of the Fine
Arts, Winter 1972
-*Mirle Freel, "Art For The Visually Impaired," Education
of the Visually Handicapped,
May 1969. R.P. Brimm, Professor of Education, University of Northern
Falls, Iowa wrote: "I read the article with much interest and
found it very informative."
AWARDS AND HONORS
-2008 recipient of Mini Grant awarded by Tucson Pima Arts Council for presentation of children's art book, fine arts/illustrator of Aardvark, Aardvark, How Do You Do!
-Research and Scholarly Achievement Award. University of Great Falls,
Great Falls, Montana. 1997.
-Mary Wilson Grant. University of Great Falls, Great Falls, Montana,
-Burlington Northern Foundation Grant. Southwestern Community College,
Creston, Iowa, 1985.
-Selected Prints: (Todd Walker, Harold Jones, Mirle Freel), Honored
by President John Schaeffer for publicity for University of Arizona
Drama/Theater Department, Tucson, Arizona, 1980.
-Fellowship. Huron College, Huron, South Dakota, 1971.
-Honored by Art Education of Iowa Newsletter, "Most innovative
art program and art instructor," John Hicks, Art Department,
Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa, 1970
LECTURES/ PUBLIC SPEAKING/ WORKSHOPS
-Lecture Video Series, Montana Contemporary Artists Course - student
exposure to artists living in Montana, University of Great Falls,
Montana, 2000. Mirle Freel jr. included in series.
-Workshop, "Photography With Freel," Sun Canyon Lodge, Augusta,
-Lecture, "Of Subconscious Derivations and Imaginations,"
Midwest Society for Photographic Education Conference, University
of Wisconsin - Green Bay, Green Bay, Wisconsin, 1982.
-Art Consultation, Sharing research on "Art for the Blind,"
with Rudolp Arnheim and John Kennedy, Toronto, 1980.
-Workshop, photography documentation of photo-etching of Eleanor Moty,
Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, Arizona, 1980.
-Interview, "Community Awareness: Tucson Museum of Art Programs/Exhibits,"
Tucson Radio & Television Stations, Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson,
-Workshop, Photography documentation of papermaking of Donald Farnsworth,
Bill Clark and David Merkel, Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, Arizona,
-Lecture / Workshop, Art for the Visually Impaired, University of
Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, 1978 and 1979
-Workshop, "The Art of Photography," Art Department, Mount
Marty College, Yankton, South Dakota, 1973.
Art Department, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, M.F.A. 1971.
Art Department, University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming, M.A. 1966,