- Michael Ray Charles
Michael Ray Charles Birth name Michael Ray Charles Born 1967
Nationality United States Field Painting Training McNeese State University, University of Houston Works Bamboozled
He spent most of his youth growing up in Los Angeles, California, New Orleans, Louisiana and St. Martinville, Louisiana. He graduated from St. Martinville Senior High School 1985. Later that fall he entered McNeese State University , Lake Charles, Louisiana. Over the next three and one half years Charles studied design and advertising before receiving a BFA degree in 1989. After receiving his MFA degree in 1993 from the University of Houston, Houston, Texas, Charles began teaching at The University of Texas at Austin, Texas.
Charles is amongst the first group of artist showcased in the 2001, PBS series titled "Art21." The watershed series highlights top artists of the 21st century. A 2003 article in Black Issues In Higher Education acknowledges Charles as one of the top future African American scholars under forty. In 2000, he was a consultant on Spike Lee's film, "Bamboozled" and has been the subject of several film documentaries.
He has served as a panelist for National Endowment for the Arts and jurors for The Bush Artist Fellowship, St. Paul , Minnesota. and the Inaugural Biennial Underground Railroad Exhibition, Northern Kentucky University, Kentucky.
He lectures and exhibits nationally and internationally, his work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in New York City, Germany, Paris, Belgium, Spain, Norway, Miami, and Santa Fe. His work is documented in many books, magazines and news papers as well as an extensive number public and private collection around the world including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, San Antonio Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, and the Austin Museum of Art.
Today, Charles continues to exhibit in national and international venues. His work remains the subject of books, magazines, and newspaper articles and is included in many public and private collection. Currently, Charles is a Professor of Art in the department of Art and Art History at The University of Texas at Austin. He and his family reside in Austin, Texas.
- Biography, interviews, essays, artwork images and video clips from PBS series Art:21 -- Art in the Twenty-First Century - Season 1 (2001).
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