2018 - June Biber Freeman

2018 - June Biber Freeman


June Freeman has been an active supporter of the arts in Arkansas for almost 60 years. A native of New Jersey, she earned a bachelor’s degree and completed two years of graduate study toward a doctorate in clinical psychology at the University of Chicago. She relocated to Pine Bluff with her husband, Edmond Freeman, when he returned to work for an eventually oversee the family-owned newspaper, The Pine Bluff Commercial. Freeman founded the Little Firehouse Community Arts Center in Pine Bluff, which later became the Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas. For five years, she served as director of state services of the Arkansas Arts Center and managed the Artmobile and the traveling children’s theater. Some of her contributions to the arts in Arkansas include founding Friends of Contemporary Craft, which is an active auxiliary group of the Arkansas Arts Center, and conceiving and directing the Architecture and Design Network lecture series, a series of free public lectures by architects and design professionals. Among the boards she has served on are the boards of the Arkansas Arts Center, the Mid-American Arts Alliance and the Arkansas Arts Council.

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