Louise Freedman Biography

Louise Freedman




Painter and printmaker Louise Freedman was born Louise Arnstein in St. Louis, Missouri, on June 5, 1915. She was known for her pioneering work in the field of serigraphy, co-founding the National Serigraph Society, which aimed to promote screenprinting as a fine art.

Freedman attended Vassar College where she graduated with a B.F.A. in 1937, learning lithography from Harry Sternberg. Following her time at Vassar she studied at the Art Students League, the New School for Social Research, and the Teachers College in New York, as well as the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and Washington University School of Fine Arts. Around this time she married fellow artist Maurice Freedman.

In 1940, along with several other artists employed by the WPA, Freedman created the Silk Screen Group, later changed to the National Serigraph Society, which had its own gallery on West 57th Street and published a periodical called "Serigraph Quarterly." In 1947 the group held its first major exhibition of serigraphs at the Dallas Museum of Fine Art.

The Freedmans lived primarily in Hastings-On-Hudson, New York, where Louise lectured and taught printmaking at various art institutions. She exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the San Francisco Museum of Art, and the Whitney Museum, as well as several international exhibitions throughout Europe, Asia, and South America. Her work is included in private and public collections throughout the U.S. and abroad.

Louise Freedman died on June 5, 2001, in New York.