Al Fredrickson Exhibit Reception Set for Sept. 14

Published: August 23, 2023

Al FredricksonKenosha, WI – The University of Wisconsin-Parkside will host with a public reception for the “Al Fredrickson: A Master Photojournalist in Focus” exhibit on Thursday, Sept. 14 from 4-6 p.m. in the Foundation Gallery. Refreshments will be provided.

This special exhibition opened on July 18 and will be available through Friday, Nov. 17. The exhibition will be hosted in the Foundation Gallery, located in the Rita Tallent Picken Regional Center for Arts and Humanities, and is open Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This exhibition showcases more than 40 of Fredrickson's works, often with his own captions, as a photojournalist over a decade for the British-based Reuters News Agency. Many of his submitted photos were distributed worldwide, covering major news stories in Wisconsin, the Midwest, nationwide, and include heartbreaking images of Hurricane Katrina’s devastation in New Orleans as well as spectacular NASA launches of the Space Shuttle program. 

Fredrickson also worked at the Kenosha News, the Racine Journal Times, the Waukesha Freeman, and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Born on August 23, 1951, Al Fredrickson died on April 9, 2021, in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Fredrickson attended local Kenosha public schools and functioned as the primary photographer of the Tremper High School Tempest student newspaper and Classic student yearbook. 

He graduated with a BA in Communication Arts from the UW-Parkside in 1976 where he also worked as one of the university’s first campus photographers. He also served in the U.S. Army as a military police officer (MP) at Fort Campbell, Kentucky in the early 1970s.  

“Al was considered by his professional colleagues to be one of the best photojournalists in Wisconsin," said Dr. Lesley Heins Walker, Dean of the UW-Parkside College of Art and Humanities. "This exhibition celebrates and honors his exceptional achievements as a UW-Parkside graduate. We are pleased to spotlight his work for the benefit of our communities, both here at Parkside and in Southeastern Wisconsin.”

This exhibit was made possible by the generous support of Al Fredricksons’s family, the Pleasant Prairie Historical Society, and Walt Ulbricht, a long-time friend and colleague of Al Fredrickson. For more information, contact Colin Matthes, UW-Parkside’s Gallery Director at or visit

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University of Wisconsin-Parkside | (262) 771-5419


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