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Works by sculptor Bill Freeland are on display until December 14 in The New Gallery at West Chester University's E.O. Bull Center on S. High St., West Chester. Freeland, who died in 2009 at the age of 80, had divided his time between Chester County, Pa., and County Mayo Ireland over the past 17 years.
A native of Pittsburgh, Freeland began his career as a painter, having studied in the 1950s with Hans Hoffman, a German-born American abstract painter. Gradually, he began creating sculpture and over the years, was inspired by farming tools, windmills, boats and Native American masks.
Freeland had a number of one-person exhibitions at such venues at the Royal Hibernian Academy of Art and Taylor Galleries in Dublin, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the Dolan/Maxwell Gallery in New York. From 1969 to 1990, he taught at Moore College of Art and retired as professor emeritus. In the year before he died, The National Academy Museum in New York chose Freeland’s sculpture, "Inverted Yoke," to be included in the museum’s 183rd biennial non-member invitational exhibition.
In addition to being among exhibitions in both galleries and museums in the Philadelphia area, New York and Ireland, Freeland’s work is included in a number of public collections, such as the American Express Company, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Allied Irish Bank, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Freeland was the recipient of numerous prizes and fellowships, including the University of Delaware Purchase Prize, the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts Fellowship Award, the Ballinglen Arts Fellowship in County Mayo, the National Sculpture Award of Merit by Donald Kuspit of the Deland Art Museum in Florida, and the Agop Agopoff Sculpture Prize from the National Academic Museum.
For gallery hours, visit the Department of Art website.