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Fred Uhl Ball

Fred Uhl Ball

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Fred Uhl Ball was born in Oakland, California in 1945. He received his BA and MA degrees from the California State University, Sacramento. He is renowned for experimentation and the processes he created firing enamel on copper foil panels and published his first book in 1972 titled “Experimental Techniques in Enameling.”   He is widely credited for transforming enameling from its association with design and small-scale objects to large-scale artworks and murals. Visible from Interstate 5, his monumental mural titled, “The Way Home” on the Downtown Plaza West Parking Garage facade is a major and beloved feature of the City of Sacramento.   Other public and private commissions include a major artwork at Sutter General Hospital and at the University of California, Davis Medical Center.   His work is held in the collections of the Crocker Art Museum and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.  In 2009 thirty of his works were featured in the exhibition titled “Fred Ball Enamels at the San Francisco Museum of Craft + Design.