A short video about my work and being a studio member at the EFA studios in NY.
“…Fraleigh’s Paintings, serve as utopic provocations of the best sort: counter or oppositional narratives that allow us to imagine different pasts and different futures.”
— Kelly Baum, Cynthia Hazen Polsky and Leon Polsky Curator of Contemporary Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
My work is about how meaning gets made and questions how cultural narratives are applied, structured and how that comes to shape our experiences in the world. I weave together realism and abstraction in lush and complex works, ranging from intimate portraits to monumental figure paintings that reimagine women’s roles in art history, literature, and contemporary media. Recently, my practice has become site-specific in nature and has led to collaboration with institutions to mine invisible histories or dormant narratives in their collection.
Fraleigh was born in Beaufort, SC, and raised in rural New York. She received her BFA in painting from Boston University and her MFA in painting from the Yale University School of Art, then spent two years in Houston as a Core Artist in Residence. Fraleigh’s solo exhibitions include Lost in the Light at the Vanderbilt Mansion in Hyde Park, NY (2015), Ghosts in the Sunlight at the Inman Gallery in Houston, TX (2014), and far as my eyes could see at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA (2011), among others.
Among her awarded grants, residencies, and other recognitions are the Alice Kimball English Traveling Fellowship; the CORE Artist in Residence Program at the Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts; the Eliza Randall Prize at the Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts; the CACHH, Individual Artist Grant Fellowship, Houston, TX; the Faculty Research and Development Grant at Moravian College, Bethlehem, PA; Artist in Residence at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO; Artist in Residence at Frans Masereel Centrum, Belgium; Artist in Residence at Can Serrat, El Bruc, Spain; Artist in Residence at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, NE; studio membership at the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, New York, NY and Artist in Residence at the Sharpe Walentas program in Brooklyn, NY .
Fraleigh is a professor and the department chairperson of the Moravian College art department. She is represented by Inman Gallery in Houston, TX.