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John FronczakJohn Fronczak

Art Foundation
FAB – 317
865-8084 – fronczakje1@nullunk.edu

M.F.A. (Painting) Miami University, Oxford, OH 1975
B.A. (Printmaking) California State University, Stanislaus,Turlock, CA 1973


John Fronczak arrived in Nebraska from Richmond, Virginia in August 2001 to take up the position of adjunct instructor in the UNK Department of Art and Design. His wife, Janice had accepted a teaching position in the UNK Theatre Program earlier that summer. John was an adjunct instructor until fall, 2006, when he was accepted into the art program as a full time lecturer. During John’s years as an adjunct he also worked at the Museum of Nebraska Art as preparator, continuing to this day in the role of occasional consultant on matters of installation and framing.

John, Janice, and their first son Nathan lived in the Richmond, Virginia for a little over 16 years prior to moving to Nebraska (their second son, Gabriel, was born in Virginia in 1992). During those years John was a professional picture framer, specializing in corporate framing, and a working artist, earning a substantial portion of his yearly income through the sale of his artwork – highly realistic oil paintings and color pencil drawings of the James River and architectural studies from various parts of Richmond that focused on complex layered reflections in the windows. John’s paintings are in several major Richmond-area corporate collections, including Wells Fargo Securities, James River Corporation, Ethyl Corporation, and the Federal Reserve Bank.

Beginning in about 1978, and up until about 1989, John was devoted entirely to abstraction: large scale oil paintings on canvas and prepared paper, which while he resided in Richmond were exhibited in several venues, including the Anderson Gallery on the campus of Virginia Commonwealth University and the Renea Reston Gallery.

John’s professional career began in 1976 with his appointment to the position of instructor of art (later promoted to assistant professor) at the University of Houston at Clear Lake City in Texas. There he taught drawing, relief and intaglio printmaking, 20th century art history, and managed the campus exhibition space.

Currently John Fronczak is a Senior Lecturer in the UNK Department of Art and Design, and Director of the Walker Art Gallery. His creative research is divided between realism and abstraction. He and Janice are grandparents, by his son Nathan and their daughter-in-law, Marialena. His younger son Gabriel is currently attending UNK in a different program.

Teaching Experience:

  • Senior Lecturer: Department of Art and Art History, University of Nebraska, Kearney, Fall 2011 — present
  • Lecturer: Department of Art and Art History, University of Nebraska at Kearney, Kearney, NE, Fall 2006 – Spring 2011
  • Adjunct Instructor: Department of Art and Art History, University of Nebraska at Kearney, Kearney, NE, Fall 2001 – Summer 2006
  • Instructor: Central Community College Adult Continuing Education, Kearney, NE, Fall 2002
  • Art Instructor: The Museum of Nebraska Art, Kearney, NE; MONA Kids Art Camp June and July 2002 – 2003