Freed received his B.F.A. degree in 1967 and his M.A. degree in 1968 from Fort Hays State University in Kansas. He was the founding director of The Daum Museum of Contemporary Art. Freed was also the head of the art department at State Fair Community College from 1968 to 2002 and served as the Director of Goddard Gallery in Sedalia, Missouri. Freed has been an advocate for the arts for many years. As a result of his active participation in the arts, Freed received a gubernatorial appointment to the Missouri Arts Council Board from 1984-1988. He also served as the legislative liaison for the Missouri Citizens for the Arts/Senate and Legislature. Besides receiving a National Endowment for the Arts in 1987 for a Design Arts Project Special Project Grant and a ?Creative Artist Project Grant? from the Missouri Arts Council in 1990, Freed has received several other grants and fellowships. His works appear in numerous collections such as the Saint Louis Art Museum, the Newark Museum in New Jersey, the Steinberg Art Museum at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, and the Museum of Art and Archaeology at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri. During the past twenty years he has exhibited extensively throughout the United States. Freed is represented by galleries on the east coast, west coast, and the heartland.