The Frieda O. Weise Gallery was  named in honor of the former library director, who was an avid photographer. As director, Frieda’s vision for the Library was for people to see it as a community resource – a gathering place that was more than books and computers, one that invited diverse communities, at UMB and beyond,   to come together. An accomplished photographer, Frieda realized the potential of the beautiful blue wall on the first floor of the Library as a gallery space. The gallery  has featured exhibits of photographs and paintings by university staff and students, as well as other local artists.

Through generous donations, a professional-quality picture hanging system was installed. Donations also provide financial support for small opening receptions for exhibits and promotion of the gallery and its exhibits to the campus and local community.

The Weise Gallery continues to support campus and community artists as part of an ongoing commitment to outreach and the arts. If you are interested in exhibiting or contributing to the ongoing mission of the gallery, please contact Library Administration at 410.706.7545.

friedaFrieda served as Executive Director of the Health Sciences and Human Services Library, University of Maryland from 1991 to 2003.


Since her retirement, photography has become a serious hobby for Frieda. She is a member of the Bowie-Crofton Camera Club and has won numerous awards for her photography. Some of her favorite subjects include flowers, leaves, cats and barns.

To find out more about her work visit the following sites: 

Natural Visions
Frieda’s home page