Resume

Education

1988
Studio Art Centers International, Florence, Italy
1987
Internship with Larry Young Bronze Sculpting Studio
1985-88
Studies in Fine Art, Culver-Stockton College, Canton, MO

Experience

Current
CEO and Owner of Charles Strain Bronze Sculptures
1990-98
Artisan, Larry Young Sculpture
Producing monumental sculpture by the lost wax casting technique.
1991
Artisan, Don Asbee Metal Studio
Metal fabrication and forge work.
1990
Instructor, Columbia Art League
Instructed adults in drawing and sculpture classes.

Public Outdoor Sculptures

2008
First United Methodist Church, Birmingham, MI
Purchased 6ft. “Four-Spirits”
Sculpture placed on brick plaza
2006
Minnesota State Community and Technical College -Fergus Falls Campus
National Competition
Site Specific Installation
8 ft. bronze “Visionary” installed indoors on a native granite rock. 
2004
Duke University, Durham, NC
Purchased 6 ft. “Celebration”
Sculpture placed in the White Gardens on raised concrete pedestal.
2003
University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Percent for Arts
Installed 6 ft. bronze “Moondance” (4 of 20)
Sculpture installed indoors at the P.K. Yonge Fine Arts Building.
2002
City of Northville Arts Commission, Northville, MI
National Competition
Installed 6ft. x 6ft. bronze “Treble Clef” (1 of 8), with a golden patina
Sculpture installed on raised circular concrete pad, within a planter which was made by the city.
2001
Westminster College, Fulton, MO
Regional Competition
Site-specific Installation
Installed 8 ft. bronze “Flight of Leadership” with a black patina
Sculpture installed on concrete pad, within a water fountain which was designed by an architect for the college.  Worked with the architect on the design and flow of fountain.
2001
Northwestern College of Chiropractic, Bloomington, MN
Site-specific installation
Installed 8 ft. bronze “Three Spirits”, with a golden brown patina
Sculpture installed on a concrete pad in a plaza between two adjoining buildings.  Plants native to the area were planted around sculpture to cover the pad.

Awards and Honors Juried Shows

2009

Best of Sculpture, Columbia Artfest, Columbia, MO

2008

Best of Sculpture, Atlanta Arts Festival, Atlanta, GA

Honorable Mention, Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, FL

Award of Distinction, Winter park Sidewalk Art Show, Winter park, FL

2nd Place Sculpture, Festival of the Masters, Orlando, FL

2007

Best in Show, Port Warwick Art & Sculpture, Port Warwick, VA

Best of Metal, Atlanta Arts Festival, Atlanta, GA

Merit Award, Port Clinton, Chicago, IL

Merit Award, Art at the Glen, Glenview, IL

Best of 3 D, Mainsail, St. Petersburg, FL

2006

Best of Sculpture, Festival of the Masters, Orlando, FL

Award of Distinction, Mainsail Art Festival, St. Petersburg, FL

Mayor’s Award, Laumeier Sculpture Park, St. Louis, MO

Honorable Mention, Indianapolis Art Show, Indianapolis, IN

Best of Sculpture, Port Clinton, Chicago, IL

2005

Best of Sculpture, Krasl Fine Art Show, St. Joseph, MI

Merit Award, Port Clinton, Chicago, IL

2004

Second Place Sculpture, Festival of the Masters, Orlando, FL

Best of Sculpture, Cantigny Art Show, Chicago, IL

Second Place Sculpture, Melbourne Art Show, Melbourne, FL

 2003

Second Place Sculpture, ArtiGras, Palm Beach Gardens, FL

Best of Sculpture, Atlanta Dogwood Festival, Atlanta, GA

Best of 3D Non Functional, Fountain Square Art Festival, Evanston, IL

Best of Show, 57th Street Art Fair, Chicago, IL

Honorable Mention, State Street Art Fair, Ann Arbor, MI

Merit Award, Gold Coast Art Fair, Chicago, IL

Merit Award, Port Clinton Art Festival, Highland Park, IL

2002

Best of Sculpture, North Shore Art League Fine Art Festival, Chicago, IL

Merit Award, Metris Uptown Art Fair, Minneapolis,

First Place Sculpture, Botanic Garden Art Festival, Chicago, IL

Best of Sculpture, An Art Affair, St. Louis, MO

Award of Distinction, Bonita Springs National Art League, Bonita Springs, FL

2001

Merit Award, Santa Fe Community College Art Show, Gainesville, FL

Best in Sculpture, Sono Art Festival, Norwalk, CT

2000

Award of Distinction in Sculpture, Westport Art Festival, St. Louis, MO

Award of Honor, Mainsail, St. Petersburg, FL

Best of Sculpture, Under the Oaks, Vero Beach, FL

Best of Show, Meet Me Downtown Boca, Boca Raton, FL

Award of Distinction, 24th Annual Fine Arts Festival, Sarasota, FL

Solo and Group Exhibitions

2007
Sweet Art Gallery, Naples, FL
2005
Grand Bohemian Gallery, Kessler Collection, Savannah, GA
2002
Steinway Gallery, Sculpture Spectacular II, Chapel Hill, NC
Phoenix Gallery, Topeka, KS
Paul Jackson Gallery, Columbia, MO
2000
University Hospital and Clinics, Art for Life, Columbia, MO
1998
Creative Art Gallery, Marquette to Monumental, One person show, St. Louis, MO
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