Biographical Note: Frederick F. Barzyk was born on the south side of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He attended Marquette University and was active in the theater program under the directorship of Rev. John J. Walsh, S.J. He received his bachelors of art in 1958. Barzyk then moved to Boston, where he attended Boston University and studied for a masters degree in communication. In addition to being producer and director for WGBH in Boston, he is president of his own company, Creative Television Associates. Barzyk has made pioneering contributions to the development of broadcast television and video art. His projects include work with artists William Wegman, Nam June Paik, Bill Viola, Peter Campus, and Allan Kaprow; writers Kurt Vonnegut, James Baldwin, and Charles Johnson; actors Lily Tomlin and Gilda Radner; and dancers Trisha Brown, Gus Solomons, Jr., Louis Falco, and Rudy Perez. As the founder and first director of the WGBH New Television Workshop (1967-1979), Barzyk created an environment where the first generation of video artists, in conjunction with dancers, photographers, and actors, expanded the creative boundaries of both broadcast television and video art.
From September through December 2001, the Haggerty Museum of Art on the Marquette University campus held an exhibition featuring experimental television and video arts developed during Barzyk's tenure as director and producer at WGBH Boston. In September 2001, Marquette University honored Barzyk with the Karios Award, which is given annually to recognize the achievements of individuals and organizations who have helped to further the advancement of the fine arts through contributions and services to the Haggerty Museum, or through other fine arts-related activities at Marquette and in the greater community.
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Scope and Content: The collection contains copies of Fred Barzyk's short film The Music Box in different forms (16mm motion picture, Beta SP master, Beta, and VHS videorecordings), photographs taken on location, and a voiceover script. The script was apparently written several years after the original project and intended for use in an edited version of the film. Fred Barzyk and Dick McCullough created The Music Box in summer 1957. The short film is a dream-like fantasy that focuses on a young boy (played by Earl Kolanda) and a mysterious stranger (Harry Zumach). Barzyk was the writer/director and McCullough co-director/cameraman. Both were helped by volunteers from Marquette University's theater program and the School of Speech.
Related Materials: The University Archives' general videotape collection includes a copy of Fred Barzyk's appearance on I Remember (© 2001 MPTV).