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Charles Searles: CV

Related Experience


1995 – 1997 Pratt Institute (Manhattan Branch), New York, NY. Painting instructor.

1972 – 1994 University of the Arts (formerly Philadelphia College of Art) Foundation drawing instructor.

1990 Bloomfield College, Bloomfield, NJ. Painting / Mural instructor.

1989 Jersey City State College, NJ. Drawing / Life drawing instructor.

1984 Brooklyn Museum Art School, Brooklyn, NY. Taught basic drawing and life drawing.

1972 – 1974 Philadelphia Museum of Art, Phila., PA. Adult painting instructor.

1970 – 1973 Ile-Ife Cultural Center, Phila., PA. Taught painting and drawing under the CETA Program.

1968 Originated and instructed Saturday art classes for children in art studio located 17th and South Streets, Phila., PA

Artist in Residence:

1992 Finco Inc., Nassau, Bahamas. Sculpture workshop (1 week ).

1990 City College of New York, NY. Painting (1 week residency).

1989 Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ. Artist in Residence with open studio assisting graduate sculpture students. (6 weeks).

Visiting Artist / Workshops

1994 Anti graffiti Workshop, Phila., PA.  Mural painting.

1992 Philadelphia Museum of Art. Phila., PA. High school student workshop

1992 Studio Museum in Harlem, NY. One day workshop creating African animal sculptures.

1991 Virginia Museum of Fine Art, Richmond, VA. 2 day workshops creating sculptures.

1990 Harlem School of the Arts, NY. Sculpture project resulting in the creation of totems.

1989 City College, NY. Critical evaluation of graduate drawing and painting classes. Instructed undergraduate drawing class (1 week).

1982 Brandywine Workshop, Phila., PA. 1 week workshop and production of a silkscreen print.

1973 “Urban Outreach, the Mind’s Eye” Multi media presentation, traveled  to local neighborhoods, Philadelphia Museum, PA

Panel Discussions / Panelist

1999 NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, NY. Panelist for public art in New York Public School.

1993 – 1994 Artists’ Certification Appeals Board, New York, NY.

1993 Department of Transportation, Foley Square, NY. Panelist.

1993 Philadelphia International Airport, Thermal Plant in Phila., PA. Panelist.

1992 Metropolitan Transit Authority. Subway station artwork for Broadway / Lafayette, NYC. Panelist

1990 Department of Cultural Affairs, NY. Participant in selection of artists for public school commissions.

1990 City College of New York, NY.  Participant with 3 other artists in discussion “Ethnic Content in Contemporary Art”.

1989 Noyes Museum, NJ. “Public Commissions, the Artists Experience” a  discussion with six panelists.

1989 Montclair Art Museum, NJ. “Divergencies”, one of two artists discussing their work.

1987 Community College of Philadelphia, PA. Panelist for selection of art commission for the college.

Artist Talks / Lectures

2004 “Public Art Commissions”, Howard University, Washington, DC

2000 “Artist Talk for Lunch” Penn. Academy of Fine Arts, Phila., PA

1990 Public Commissions “From the Artists’ Point of View”, North Carolina Arts Council, Salem, NC

1990 “About my Work”, Point Breeze Art Center, Phila., PA

1989 “Public Commissions from the Artists’ Point of View”, Artist Equity, New York, NY

1989 “Meet the Artist”, Noyes Museum, NJ

1972 Multi media presentation on stage with slides, dancer, music and poetry at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA


1995 Nutshell Arts Center, Lake Huntington, NY. Three shows :“The Figure”,“Views of the Land” and “Three Sculptors”

1976 The Balch Institute. Phila., PA. “Transcending Spirits”, a group show


2003 Cuba. Cuban Biennial VIII.

1986 Denmark. Participant “USA/Denmark”

1977 Nigeria. “Festac” participant.

1976 Haiti, Port Au Prince

1972 Africa. Nigeria including Lagos, Oshobo. Ghana, Kumasi, Accra. (travel via Ware Memorial Scholarship, PAFA).

1971 Europe. France, Switzerland, Germany, Holland, Denmark, Luxembourg, Spain. Morocco including Tangier, Casablanca, Rebat, Marrakesh.(travel via Cresson Memorial Scholarship, PAFA)