Frieda Dean, printmaker, performance artist, painter, sculptor and teacher, was born in Augusta, Georgia in 1950. Her family moved to Knoxville, Tennessee where she attended public schools and the University of Tennessee. In 1976 her college studies continued at Augusta College and that same year she began private studies in painting and sculpture with Freeman Schoolcraft, a Chicago sculptor who had retired to Augusta.
Dean lived in Ithaca, New York from 1980 to 1984 and it was during these years that she focused on performance art and sculpture. She moved to Chicago in 1988 and in October of that year she participated in a performance piece with J.S.G. Boggs at the Art Institute of Chicago. A 1992 national tour of her performance piece “Hat Gallery” included stops at numerous venues including the Hirschorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and the Cincinnati Art Museum. In 1996 Dean joined the Chicago Printmaker's Collaborative, an experimental print workshop, and she relocated to New York City in 1998 where she studied lithography with Judith Solodkin at the School of Visual Arts.
In 2000 Dean was invited to join Krishna Reddy's Color Print Atelier at New York University. During this period her work began to show the influence of her study of American Abstract Expressionist paintings and prints. In 2002, Ms. Dean left her lower Manhattan apartment and studio to return to Augusta, Georgia. She is currently teaching painting and printmaking at the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art in Augusta. She has had several solo exhibitions and her work has been included in numerous group exhibitions, including “Art and Narrative,” (September 1996, Columbia College Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts, Chicago), “New Abstract Prints in Chicago,” (April 1999, Fine Arts Center, Chicago), and “Providence Art Club Juried Prints and Drawings Exhibition,” (March 2002, Providence, Rhode Island).