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Columbia Missourian

James J. Froese, Aug. 30, 1936 — May 17, 2012, of Columbia

May 18, 2012 | 4:34 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — James J. Froese died at his home on May 17, 2012, surrounded by his family.

No services are planned at this time. The immediate family will host an art exhibition celebrating his work at a later date.

He was born on August 30, 1936, to Herman and Eva (Dill) Froese in Hutchinson, KS. Jim earned his BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute, where he kept a full scholarship and graduated second in his class, serving as an apprentice to Thomas Hart Benton. Jim continued his studies at the Cranbrook Academy of Art, focusing on painting and sculpture. He finished a Master of Fine Arts at Wichita State University in 1964.

His first teaching job was at Jacksonville State University in Alabama. In 1968, he joined the University of Missouri faculty, where he directed the MU Art Extension Program. During this time, he lectured, taught classes, staged art exhibitions and judged community art shows throughout the State of Missouri until his retirement.

A prolific and versatile artist, Jim worked in a variety of media and is best known for his painting, drawings and assemblages. He was the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including a Ford Foundation Purchase Award (Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art). He was exhibited alongside Salvador Dali in a juried review and many of his works reside in private collections throughout the United States.

He is survived by his wife of fifty years, Dr. Sally Nelson Froese, of the home; three children, Sarah Froese and her partner Teresa Shaw, of Harrisburg, Ethan Froese and his wife Laura, of Columbia, Aaro Froese and his wife Michelle, of Columbia; one grandson, Nolan Froese, of Ashland, MT, two granddaughters, Skyler and Sophie Froese, of Columbia; one brother, Robert Froese and his wife, Dottie, of Montrose, CO, and one sister, Judy Froese and her partner Stuart Templeman, of Tulsa, OK.

His parents preceded him in death.

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