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Explore the Art and Legacy of Viola Frey, Sculptor and Painter

Read an interview transcript, watch videos, view images from the archives, and more, presented by the Artists’ Legacy Foundation.

Viola Frey, “Untitled (Vessel, Hand, Head)” (c. 1975-1980), ceramic with slip, 13 x 13 x 11 inches, VF-0339CSS. 2020 © Artists’ Legacy Foundation / Licensed by ARS, New York. Photograph by M. Lee Fatherree.

Over the course of her five-decade career, artist Viola Frey produced an impressive body of work, including paintings, drawings, and sculptures in bronze and glass — but is perhaps best known for ceramic sculptures. Her work is held in over 70 public collections worldwide and is a keystone in the West Coast clay scene.

To learn about Viola Frey’s art and life, you can visit any of the following online resources:

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In 2000, Viola Frey co-founded the Artists’ Legacy Foundation with painter Squeak Carnwath and community advocate Gary Knecht. She became its first Legacy Artist after her death in 2004.

See artistslegacyfoundation.org for more details on the Artists’ Legacy Foundation and its stewardship of Viola Frey’s estate.