Angela Fraleigh has spent her career exploring narrative art’s hierarchical patterns. Keenly observing how images and roles from Western art history intersect with contemporary representation and attitudes, Fraleigh uncovers why certain tropes remain relevant, who they benefit, and how. Over the last decade she has worked with institutions to create several site-specific solo exhibitions that reveal alternative accounts in their permanent collections. In rearranging the images of the past, the artist changes how we see ourselves in the present.
Angela Fraleigh (b. 1976) earned her MFA from Yale University School of Art and her BFA from Boston University. Her solo exhibitions include Hirschl & Adler Modern, New York, NY; Inman Gallery, Houston, TX; PPOW Gallery, New York, NY; Peters Projects, Santa Fe, NM; and James Harris Gallery, Seattle, WA. She has exhibited at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, TX and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO, and has been the recipient of several awards and residencies including the Yale University Alice Kimball English grant; The Sharpe-Walentas Program Brooklyn, NY; and the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, NE. Fraleigh has created site-specific solo projects for the Weatherspoon Art Museum (Splinters of a Secret Sky, 2021), the Delaware Art Museum (Sound the Deep Waters, 2019), the Edward Hopper House Museum and Study Center (Shadows Searching for Light, 2018), the Everson Museum of Art (Between Tongue and Teeth, 2016) and the Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site (Lost in the Light, 2015). She currently lives and works in Allentown, PA, where she is a Full Professor and Department Chair at Moravian College.