New York artist, Connie Freid, has won many awards for her emotionally charged work.
Growing up in Philadelphia, she spent countless hours drawing and making collages. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania and getting an MBA degree, she worked in both the private and public sectors and raised a family before making art her full-time commitment. Classes at SUNY Purchase, Silvermine Guild of Art, the International Center of Photography and the Greenwich Art Society gave her new skills and direction.
An avid traveler, Connie is known for her psychologically penetrating images of people. She is most concerned with issues of identity and social change, using the figure as a vehicle for painting a state of mind and questioning ideas about gender, race and beauty. She paints primarily in acrylics, a medium that encourages her to work fast, loose and bold.
In 2017, a fire destroyed Connie’s studio and the work she had done over the past 20 years.
Connie has had five solo shows, most recently “Vixens or Victims?” in 2016 at the Harrison Library. She won the Dagny A. Hultgreen Award at the Greenwich Art Society Flinn exhibit in 2012 and the Best in Show Francis K. Brooks Memorial Award at the Greenwich Art Society Bendheim exhibit in 2010. She was selected to participate in “Coming Full Circle” at the Bruce Museum in 2012.
Connie’s work appeared in “Borders, Bodies, Home” Rejoinder ( Spring 2017) an online journal published by the Institute for Research for Women at Rutgers University in partnership with the Feminist Art Project. Unity magazine, a publication of Picture That, highlighted her work in 2012. She was a featured artist in The Collage Ideas Book by Alannah Moore.
Connie’s paintings have been juried into many shows. Recent exhibits include “Art Takes Manhattan” ( NY Art Week, Caelum Gallery), “Our History is Our Strength” (UBS Headquarters, Stamford CT), “Juxtapositions” (Flinn Gallery), “Crossing Borders” (Progreso Gallery, Mexico) “Discoveries” (George Segal Gallery, Montclair State University), “Visual Narratives” (Loft Artists Galleries), “The Story of Art” (Pequot Library) and “Shelter” (Harlem School of the Arts).