Charles Emerson earned his Master of Fine Arts degree in Painting from Yale University in Connecticut. Prior to this he completed a year of graduate studies in painting at Boston University in Massachusetts, and his Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting from the University of Southern California. Emerson also received a Fulbright Scholarship in painting to Venice, Italy. He was the Artist in Residence at La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art in California for four years, where he also taught, and his work is published in The Art of Drawing
, by Bernard Chaet.
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From Historic Seattle: Artist Profiles,
"Charles Emerson is a fine art painter concerned with form, spatial and atmospheric modeling with color. A native Californian, he has lived in Boston, New York, Venice, and now, Seattle, Washington. He studied painting at the University of Southern California (BFA), Boston University (Graduate), and at Yale University with Josef Albers (MFA). Then, receiving a Fulbright Scholarship to Venice, Italy, he stayed two years painting and researching Byzantine art ideas and works. In New York, he painted portraits and did some commercial projects before returning to Southern California as an artist-in-residence (fours years) at the La Jolle Museum of Fine Art/San Diego Art Museum where he became interested in museum work, curated several shows, and taught and lectured extensively.
During a brief residency at Reed College in Portland, Oregon, he visited Seattle and found the place he had been looking for, a place best suited for his art development. After many studio moves, usually just a step ahead of a developer, he found the best of all possible places and had the opportunity to move into the Good Shepherd Center. An urban oasis with beautiful grounds, quiet, and a light-filled loft, it is an ideal work-live space. He plans to leave 'only feet first.'
Emerson has taught at Seattle Academy of Fine Art, now Gage Academy of Art, and he has dedicated himself wholly to painting, a few ongoing critique groups, and an occasional specialized painting workshop for advanced color studies."
- Historic Seattle, Artist Profiles