John Fronczak

Lecturer, Art Foundation

Office: FAB 317   |    Phone: (308) 865-8084   |    Email: fronczakje1@unk.edu

John Fronczak

Profile

In August 2001 my wife Janice, our young son Gabe, and I moved from Chesterfield County, Virginia.  The reason for the move was Janice’s new teaching position in the Theatre Program at the University of Nebraska, Kearney. Prior to moving to Virginia in 1984, and up until about 1989, I was devoted to exclusively abstraction, participating in the occasional exhibition in Richmond. In 1989 I began developing a series of realistic oil paintings of the James River, which eventually segued into highly refined architectural paintings that focused on the complex overlay reflections in store front windows. By the time my family and I moved to Kearney, I had established a meaningful reputation among corporate and private collectors in Richmond.

In Nebraska, between 2002 and 2006, I worked as Preparator for the Museum of Nebraska Art, and was an adjunct instructor in the Art Department at the University of Nebraska, Kearney.  In 2006 I acquired the position of Lecturer and Director of the Walker Art Gallery in the UNK Department of Art and Design, subsequently promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2012.

Since 2001 I divide my time and energies more equally between (for lack of a better term) abstract work and the sort of highly realistic work I created in Virginia.  

Education:
M.F.A. (Painting) Miami University, Oxford, OH 1975

B.A. (Printmaking) California State University, Stanislaus,Turlock, CA 1973

Course:
Drawing I, Color & Design, Art Appreciation, Independent Problems Painting, Senior Project, BA Studio, Senior Project, BA Art Education, Senior Project, BFA Studio, Painting.

Teaching Experience:

  • Senior Lecturer: Department of Art and Design, University of Nebraska, Kearney, Fall 2011 -- present
  • Lecturer: Department of Art and Art History, University of Nebraska at Kearney, Kearney, NE, Fall 2006 – Spring 2011
  • Adjunct Instructor: Department of Art and Art History, University of Nebraska at Kearney, Kearney, NE, Fall 2001 – Summer 2006
  • Instructor: Central Community College Adult Continuing Education, Kearney, NE, Fall 2002
  • Art Instructor: The Museum of Nebraska Art, Kearney, NE; MONA Kids Art Camp June and July 2002 - 2003
  • Adjunct Instructor: School of Continuing Studies, University of Richmond, Richmond, VA, Spring 1999 & Fall 1998
  • Drawing Instructor: Chesterfield County Adult Education, Chesterfield County Public School System, Chesterfield County, VA, Spring 1998 & Fall 1997
  • Drawing Instructor: The Newport Art Museum, Newport, RI, Fall 1980 & Spring 1981
  • Assistant Professor: The University of Houston at Clear Lake City, Houston, TX, 1979-1980
  • Instructor: The University of Houston at Clear Lake City, Houston, TX, 1976-1979


Museum and Gallery Experience:

  • Director: The Walker Art Gallery, the University of Nebraska, Kearney, 2007 – present
  • Consulting and Framing: The Museum of Nebraska Art, Kearney, NE, 2006 through – present
  • Preparator: The Museum of Nebraska Art, Kearney, NE, 2002 - 2006
  • Framing Designer,
  • Gallery Coordinator: Lodan Fine Art and Framing, Midlothian, VA, 1985-92, 1996-2001
  • Gallery Director: The Brick Market Gallery, Newport, RI, 1980-83


University Service:

  • Director: The Walker Art Gallery, the University of Nebraska, Kearney, since 2007
  • Consulting and Framing: The Museum of Nebraska Art, Kearney, NE, sine 2006
  • Preparator: The Museum of Nebraska Art, Kearney, NE, 2002 - sine 2006
  • Framing Designer


Professional
John Fronczak sample artworks

Statement:
“Image making for me is not only a means of negotiating life so that it is made coherent and intelligible, but also a refuge. Painting is an act of faith insofar as it is an exploration of my own sense of fascination and compulsion in the hope that meaningful provocations result.”