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John D. Freyer

Associate Professor

Cross Disciplinary Media

Pronouns: he, him, his

Department of Photography + Film

Contact Info

VCU School of the Arts
Pollak Building, Rm. 312
325 North Harrison St.
Richmond, Virginia 23284

John D. Freyer is an associate professor of Cross Disciplinary Media in the Department of Photography + Film.  His projects include All My Life for Sale, Big Boy, Live IKEA, Free Ice Water, and Free Hot Coffee.  Freyer’s practice engages accidental audiences in galleries, museums, and public spaces. He explores the role of everyday, personal objects in our lives – as commodities, fetishes, and totems and investigates how the circulation of objects and stories enrich social ties between individuals and groups. He earned his B.A. from Hamilton College and M.A. & M.F.A. from the University of Iowa. His work has been reviewed in The New Yorker, The Sunday London Times, Artforum, Print Magazine and NBC’s The Today Show. Freyer is a Fulbright Scholar, a Macdowell Colony Fellow and was an Artist in Residence at Light Work and the Fannon Center, Doha, Qatar. Freyer has brought his social practice projects – Free Ice Water and Free Hot Coffee to the TEDx stage, has exhibited at Mixed Greens Gallery in New York, the Liverpool Biennial Fringe in Liverpool, UK and was a 2018 Tate Exchange Associate at Tate Modern, London.