Fred Reaves, is a graduate of the Murray State University Department of Art and Design with a degree in art with major areas of study in photography and graphic design, as well as a minor in Printing Technology .  As an accomplished fine arts photographer and digital illustrator with a complementary background in painting and printmaking, his work can be found in galleries and museum shops as well as in private and corporate collections both nationally and internationally. His work has been exhibited in numerous galleries, invitational exhibitions and one man shows.

Always a prolific fine artist, Reaves had a successful commercial career that spanned 48 years. The primary focus of his commercial work, although not exclusively, concentrated on Architectural and Industrial Photography, as well as Graphic Design for print publication and marketing. His list of clients contains many high profile companies that include major national and internationally based industries. A short list includes, Bristol-Myers-Squibb, SGS, Inc, The John James Audubon Museum, General Electric Plastics, The Missouri History Museum, Toyota Motor Manufacturing, The National Corvette Museum, Kimball International, Agrotain International, Makers Mark Distillery, Becks Hybrids and others.

Reaves has taught numerous summer photographic workshops for high school aged photographers as well as Advanced Studio Lighting Techniques and Intermediate Photography/B&W darkroom skills classes in the visual Communications Dept. at Ivy Tech State College in Indiana.

Upon retirement in 2016 from the commercial side of life, Reaves moved to his family farm in rural Calloway County Kentucky where he continues to explore and create new work.