|Michael Frary Texas Artist|
MICHAEL FRARY (1918-2005)
was born in Santa Monica, California on May 28, 1918, and died
on Tuesday, August 30, 2005. During a career spanning almost seventy years,
Michael Frary influenced the course of art, not only in Texas, but in the
United States as well. He was a seminal figure in the art movement known as
modernism and with his contemporaries on the faculty of the Art Department
at the University of Texas, he changed the face of art on a national scale.
His works are housed in hundreds of private and public collections worldwide including the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, S.C., the Los Angeles County Museum, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, California, the Virginia Scott Museum, Pasadena, California. The Springfield Museum of Art, Springfield, Missouri, the Virginia Museum of Art, Richmond, Virginia, the Phillips Petroleum Building, Bartlesville, the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, the Panhandle Plains Museum, Canyon, Texas, Museum of the Big Bend, Alpine, Texas, the Amarillo Art Center, Amarillo, Texas the McNay Museum, San Antonio, Texas, the Texas instruments Collection, Dallas, Texas, the Austin Museum of Art, and the University of Texas at Austin.
He also received many important commissions, which included, among
others, the selection of his painting, "Antelope Country" by the
National Gallery for presentation by President and Mrs. Lyndon B.
Johnson to the New Zealand Prime Minister and his wife at the Manila
Conference. He was also commissioned in 1972 by the U.S. Department of
Interior to paint at reclamation sites in four states, resulting in four
of his paintings being shown at an exhibition at the National Gallery,
Washington, D.C. In 1974 the Austin Chapter of the American Institute of
Architects awarded him the Medal of Honor and the Texas Society of
Architects presented him with the Citation of Honor, both in recognition
of his book Impressions of The Big Thicket. In 1978, he was commissioned
to paint the Psyche Prize for the Fourth Biennial International Film
Festival of Canada.
The above biography was written by Carl McQueary, a collector and acquaintance of the artist.
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