About Fred Easker

The paintings of Fred Easker are included in museum, corporate and private collections throughout the Midwest and has appeared in a number of periodicals and books. He was an Arts Midwest/NEA Regional Visual Arts Fellowship recipient in 1997. He was featured as an “Iowa Master” in a series produced by Iowa Public Television. Recently he was commissioned by the General Services Administration to create a painting for the United States Federal Courthouse in Cedar Rapids. Over the span of his career he has worked with private galleries in New York, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Tulsa, Des Moines, and Cedar Rapids. The artist holds a BA and MA in Art Education from the University of Iowa.

Fred Easker has been painting full time since 1994. Like most artists he had previously worked at other things including: art instructor at Linn Mar Community Schools; Assistant Director, Cedar Rapids Art Center; and Director, Marion Historical Museum, Inc., a non-profit that owns Granger House, a 19th century middle class house museum located in Marion, Iowa which was completely renovated under Easker’s guidance.

The artist resides in Cedar Rapids, Iowa where he grew up and actively participates in the life of his community by working on boards and organizations involved in the arts, historic preservation and the humanities and was awarded the Friend of the Arts Award from Marion Fine Arts Council in 1993. His wife Velga who was born in Latvia is also an artist. Recently the couple recently established a part time working studio in Lansing, Iowa, an historic small town located in northeast Iowa on the Mississippi River. They have one son and a new grandson who live in the Denver area of Colorado.

Fred Easker featured on Assignment Iowa: Iowa Master Artists produced by Iowa Public Television, June 17, 2007

Fred Easker’s work is included in the following collections:

United States General Services Administration Cedar Rapids Museum of Art Charles McNider Museum, Mason City CRST Corporate Headquarters, Cedar Rapids United Fire Group, Cedar Rapids

Meredith Corporation, Des Moines Commerce BancShares, Inc. Iowa State University Museums, Ames Shugart, Thomson and Kilroy Law Firm, Kansas City, Missouri MidAmerican Energy Corporate Offices, Davenport

MidAmerican Energy Corporate Offices, Des Moines Pioneer Hi-Brd International, Des Moines Anderson Fine Arts Center, Anderson, Indiana Piper, Jeffrey, Hopwood, Inc, Minneapolis Cargil, Inc. Minneapolis

Poppajohn Center, School of Business Administration, University of Iowa Northrup King, Inc., Minneapolis Las Vegas Federal Medical Center, Nellis AFB, Las Vegas Badger Meter Company, Milwaukee Minnesota Mutual Insurance, Minneapolis

Hawkeye State Bank, Iowa City Archer Daniels Midland, Cedar Rapids First National Bank, Waterloo Securities Corporation of Iowa, Cedar Rapids Iowa Realty Corporate Office, Des Moines

3M Corporation, Minneapolis Mercy Hospital, Iowa City St. Luke’s Hospital, Cedar Rapids Iowa Medical Clinic, Cedar Rapids University of Iowa School of Dentistry

Luther College, Decorah Gentle Dental, Cedar Rapids Cedar Rapids Airport Commission Brenton Bank, Cedar Rapids Bankers Trust, Cedar Rapids

Clifton Gunderson PLC, Cedar Rapids Diamond V Mills, Cedar Rapids US Bank Corp Bradley and Riley Law Firm, Cedar Rapids MidAmerican Aerospace Ltd, Cedar Rapids

Mercy Medical Center, Cedar Rapids US Department of Veteran Affairs, Iowa City VA Health Care System Gunderson Healthcare System, LaCrosse Mercy West Clinic, Des Moines Iowa Hospitals Association, Des Moines

Project Art, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City Iowa Food Prize, Des Moines, Iowa

In Print:

The Iowan, Des Moines New American Paintings, No. 47, Open Studios Press Recovering the Prairie, Robert Sayre, University of Wisconsin Press The Artist and the American Landscape, John Driscoll & Arnold Skolnick, First Glance Books New American Paintings, No. 17, Open Studios Press An American Landscape Collection, Views from the Heartland, Kemper Funds, Plain Pictures, Images of the American Prairie, Joni Kinsey, Smithsonian Institution Press