Brian Frink, MFA

Emeritus Faculty | Drawing & Painting



  • MFA in Visual Art University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin
  • BFA in Painting and Drawing, Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois


Growing up in a small farm town close to Chicago Illinois, Brian became interested in art from frequent trips with his family to the Art Institute of Chicago. His interest became his passion when he began school at Illinois State University in Normal Illinois, receiving his B.F.A. in 1979.

In 1979 he moved to the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn NY living there for five years. He and Wilbur were true “urban pioneers” of that now famous artist neighborhood. In 1985 he began graduate school in Madison Wisconsin where he earned his M.F.A. in 1989. Brian and Wilbur have two children and three grandchildren.

He has received many grants and awards including two McKnight fellowships, six Minnesota State Arts Board grants, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a Wisconsin State Arts Board grant, and a Jerome Travel and Study grant. In 2010 he was named a Distinguished Faculty Scholar at MSU, M. Brian was awarded a 2019 Douglas R Moore research lecture. He has exhibited his work widely, most recently at the Minnesota Museum of American Art, St Paul Minnesota, the Blanden Museum, Fort Dodge Iowa, Coe College, Cedar Rapids, South Dakota and the Washington Pavilion, Sioux Falls, South Dakota.


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