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Pavilion Spotlight: Jeff Freeman

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His name is in bold at the top of the exhibit, but this project "Collaborations in Education" is the act of many. It is spearheaded by the teacher, Jeff Freeman, and shared with 34 of his former students.

"He wasn't there dictating things to you, telling you exactly what you needed to do," said Jodi Lundgren. "It was really about the conversation."

Lundgren is not only the Washington Pavilion's curator, she's also a former student of Freeman's at USD.

"More important than anything he believes there is meaning and purpose to being an artist and making artwork."

After three decades of teaching, Freeman recently retired from the University. Now he has more time to focus on his larger than life work.

"When he sits down in the studio he's really intuitive - making marks and familiar forms. There's symbolism and narrative, but it's not overt. He's not trying to say something. It's really just exploring the process," said Lundgren.

Teaching through action set the tone for Freeman's connection to art, but that's not to say he isn't afraid to be vocal about his passion.

"I think Jeff is under-celebrated. He's quite a character, sometimes controversial. Because, he'll tell you how it is."

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