Joseph Friebert

Buffalo, New York 1908 — 2002 Milwaukee

Friebert achieved national recognition in the 1930s–40s for his Social Realist painting but in the 1950s also exhibited semi-abstract compositions in exhibitions in Chicago, New York, and Philadelphia; most significant was his participation in the 1956 Venice Biennale. He also became a beloved teacher. Even before receiving his MS from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1951, he was hired in 1946 to teach at Milwaukee’s Layton School of Art, and a year later at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, becoming a full professor in 1957 and retiring in 1976. His awards include the Logan Medal from the Art Institute of Chicago (1952).

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