Born in Brooklyn, New York, Freeman received his BFA and MFA degrees from Boston University, and he now resides in that area where he is a prominent artist and respected teacher.  He was artist-in-residence at Noble and Greenough School from 1981 until his recent retirement, and a lecturer and instructor at Harvard from 1988 to 1994.

Freemanís art is widely collected and his paintings have been exhibited at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Newport Art Museum, Zenith Gallery and in galleries in New York, Georgia, Florida, Illinois, Michigan and beyond.


1965-67 Howard University

Boston University, M.F.A.

Boston University, B.F.A.

Boston University, Distinguished Alumni Award

Solo Exhibitions:

2014 Zenith Gallery, Washington, D.C.

2008 Zenith Gallery, Washington, D.C.

2001 Zenith Gallery, Washington, DC

2000 Clark Gallery, Lincoln, MA

1999 Elaine Baker Gallery, Boca Raton, FL

1998 Wendell Street Gallery, Cambidge, MA Venice

1998 Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center, Cambridge, MA

1997 Clark Gallery, Lincoln, MA New Paintings

Zenith Gallery, Washington, DC

Sherry Washington Gallery, Detroit, MI

Boston University, Gallery of Art, Boston, MA

Wendell Street Gallery, Cambridge, MA Mallacora/Costa Brava

Wendell Street Gallery, Cambridge, MA South of Rome

Zenith Gallery, Washington, DC, New Paintings

Wendell Gallery, Cambridge, MA, North of Rome

Clark Gallery, Lincoln, MA, New Paintings

June Kelly Gallery, New York, NY, New Paintings

Isobel Neal Gallery, Chicago, IL

Clark Gallery, Lincoln, MA, New Paintings

Wendell Street Gallery, Cambridge, MA

Clark Gallery, Lincoln, MA, Aegean Blues: Summer

Wendell Street Gallery, Cambridge, MA, Aegean Blues: Winter

Zenith Gallery, Washington, DC

Clark Gallery, Lincoln, MA

Wendell Street Gallery, Cambridge, MA

Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, MA

National Center of Afro-American Artists, Roxbury, MA

Smith and Mason Gallery, Washington, DC, Art in Embassies: State Department

Group Exhibitions:

1998 DeCordova Museum, Abstraction and the figure

1997 Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, Four African-American Artists

Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, African American Perspectives

Artists Foundation Gallery, Boston, MA

Newport Art Museum, Newport, RI

1989 Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, MA

1988 Carpenter Center for Visual Arts, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, Faculty Exhibition

Clark Gallery, Lincoln MA, Salon Show

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, Massachusetts Masters: Afro-American Artists

Cambridge Art Association, Cambridge, MA Collected Visions

1986 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, Boston Collects: Contemporary Painting and Sculpture

Clark Gallery, Lincoln, MA, Salon Show

1985 Crystal Britton Gallery, Atlanta, GA

1984 Clark Gallery, Lincoln, MA

1983 Clark Gallery, Lincoln, MA

Parrish Art Museum, South Hampton, NY

Parrish Art Museum, South Hampton, NY

1972 Boston University, Boston, MA

Trenton State Museum, Trenton, NJ

Public Collections

Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture

Brown University, Providence, RI

Boston College, Boston, MA

Boston Public Library, Boston, MA

National Center of African American Artists, Roxbury, MA

DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA

Teaching Experience:

1981-present Artist in residence and painting instructor, Noble and Greenough School, Dedham, MA 1988-1994 Lecturer/Instructor, painting and drawing, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

1973-81 Art Director, Weston Public Schools, Weston, MA

Other Work Experience:

1993-96 School of the Museums of Fine Arts, Board of Governors

1991-94 Panelist, Bunting Institute Fellows, Cambridge, MA

1988 Panelist, Massachusetts Masters: Afro-American Artists, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

1982 Panelist, Massachusetts State Arts Council for Arts and Humanities

Artist in Residence, Newton Public Schools, Newton, MA

1973-4 Art Consultant to Follow Through Program, Newton, MA

Harvard-Newton Summer School Program, Master Art Teacher, July-August

Television Interviews:

1988 "Studio 7" WNEV-TV, Channel 7, Boston, MA

"Visions" WLVI-TV, Channel 56, Boston, MA

"Visions" WLVI-TV, Channel 56, Boston, MA

"Classroom Five" Mini Arts Festival, WHDH_TV, Boston, MA


Ghana, Nigeria, Egypt, Morocco, France, Germany, Switzerland, England, Italy, Greece, Spain, Finland, Sweden, Russia, Canada, Puerto Rico, Bermuda, Belize

Publications/Reviews (selected):

1994-96 Whoís Who in American Painting

1995 Christine Temin. "Solo Shows spotlight on a new look for Landscapes," The Boston Globe (Nov.)

1992 Christine Temin, "An Artistís Declaration of Independence," The Boston Globe (Nov.)

1988 Allan Gold. "Boston Curator defends Black Artistsí Exhibition," The New York Times (Jan)

1988 Peyton Petty, "Portrait of the artist as a Rising Star," The Tab (Jan)

1988 Christine Temin. "Freemanís art chronicles Black Middle Class," The Boston Globe (Jan.)

1988 Marty Carlock, "Electric Land Lady Series Energizes Clark Gallery," The Weston Town Crier


1988 Edward Strickland. "Robert Freemanís paintings Portray Black Middle Class," Bay State Banner


1987 Marty Carlock, "More of the Same, but We Canít Complain," The Weston Town Crier (Jan)

1987 Massachusetts Masters: Afro American Artists, catalogue for exhibition, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA (Jan)

Edward Strickland. "French Travels Yield Harvest of Work," Bay State Banner (Nov)

Boston Collects: Contemporary Painting and Sculpture, catalogue for exhibition, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

1986 Nancy Stapen. "A Tale of Two Seasons," The Boston Herald (Sept.)

-"Freemanís a painter for all Aegean Season," The Boston Globe

-"Artistís Images of Greece highlight Gallery Exhibit," The Lincoln Journal

1983 Christine Temin, "Freeman takes a Satirical Look at Social Life," The Boston Globe (may)

1983 Phyllis Koenig. "Robert Freeman," Art New England (Dec)

1982 Christine Temlin. "Solos from Different Worlds," The Boston Globe


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