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Milt Friedly

One Alpha Drive
Elizabethtown, PA 17022-2298, U.S.A.
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Phone: 717-361-1385     Fax: 717-361-1187
Email: friedlmd@etown.edu

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Much of Milt's work has been influenced by the diverse landscape of the western United States, particularly his native Wyoming. He draws inspiration from the textures, shapes and colors of the desert, high plains and mountain ranges. He states, “For me, art is a process of working intuitively with form and design through the unconscious to express my experience and sensibilities – I then make conscious decisions as the work evolves. There is a dichotomy between the conscious and unconscious that gives me the freedom to express the moment.” Friedly spent part of his childhood and adult life living and working on farms and ranches, his Dad farmed Heart Mountain following World War II and the Korean Conflict, and he later managed the Marquette Ranches on the South Fork of the Shoshone outside of Yellowstone National Park. Much of Milt’s childhood was spent fishing and camping along the Shoshone River, the Clarksfork, Sunlight Basin and in the Absorkee Range. These experiences helped to shape Friedly’s aesthetic and ideas in his art. Many of these memories seem to flow unconsciously and naturally as Friedly creates. Milt Friedly began his art studies at Cody High School, Cody, Wyoming where he was a member of the Jackson Pollock Art Cult. He then attended Northwest College and completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the School of Art, Arizona State University. In 1985 he completed a Master of Fine Arts degree at the University of Wyoming. His work has taken on many forms including clay vessels, abstract clay landscapes, mixed media work, welded sculptures, hand pulled prints and bronze sculpture. He has exhibited regionally and nationally. His work has been included in exhibitions at the Yellowstone Art Museum; the Nicolayson Art Museum; the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts; the Doshi Center for Contemporary Art; the State Museum, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; the Clay Studio, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; the Gallery of American Craft, Millville, New Jersey; the Susquehanna Art Museum; the Lancaster Museum of Art; Lynden Gallery, Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania; Lancaster Galleries; the George Krevsky Gallery, San Francisco; and many colleges and universities. His work is included in a number of public and private collections.