Biography

Charles lives and creates in Concord, North Carolina. He holds degrees from Virginia State University; Lambeth Palace, London; is a James Solomon Russell Scholar in Religious/Philosophical Studies; and is pursuing his dissertation.

He retired from the corporate world in North Carolina in 1995.

Exhibits & Representation: Charles is represented by the Charlotte Fine Art Gallery in Charlotte, NC. In 1997, the Noel Gallery (then in Charlotte) launched Charles’ work which has since shown in major U.S. cities including St. Paul, Albuquerque, Charlotte, Richmond, New York, Charleston and Atlanta. The U.S. State Department had work on permanent loan at the U.S. Embassy in Madagascar. His exhibit schedule has included the Mary Martin Gallery, Charleston, SC; Old Courthouse Galleries, Concord, NC; Charlotte Fine Art Gallery, Charlotte, NC; Whitespace Gallery, Winston-Salem, NC; The American Association of Woodturners Invitational Exhibit, Albuquerque, NM; The Gregg Museum at NCSU School of Art and Design, Raleigh, NC; The Harvey B. Gantt Center for Art + Culture, Charlotte, NC and the C. D. Helms Gallery-Wingate University, Wingate, NC.

Awards/Destinctions/Corporate Purchases: Work is in the permanent collection of the Danville Museum of Fine Art; Wingate University Art Collection; The John and Vivian Hewitt Collection; The Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia; Essence Magazine editor, Susan Taylor; actress, Debbie Allen; author and poet laureate, Dr. Maya Angelou; Former US Solicitor General, Walter Dellinger; Artist/Art Historian, David C. Driskell; Retired General, Wesley Clark; The Archbishop of Centerbury and the White House Collection. In addition to several best-of-show awards, Charles’ corporate commissions/purchasers include The David Geffen Playhouse, Los Angeles, First Citizens Bank and Trust Company, the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce and Bank of America.

Professional Memberships: Served as member of the Advisory Committee of the Mint Museum of Craft + Design, Charlotte, NC. Is a member of the Cabarrus Arts Council Board, Concord, NC and is an active member of the American Association of Woodturners, regional and area woodturner associations.

Artist/Art Historian, David C. Driskell