Join us on August 9th for the Opening Reception from 5 to 7pm as we welcome Charles E. Alberti back to Bemidji for his Solo Show – “Since 1968 at 68” – presenting select pieces of original artwork he has created since 1968 as  he turns 68 years of age.  Exhibit runs from August 9th to September 28th, 2013.

"My Hiding Place" Oil on Canvas, 24" x 36" - 2013

“My Hiding Place” Oil on Canvas, 24″ x 36″ – 2013

About Charles…..

Charles E. Alberti was born on the southside of Chicago in 1945.   His art related career started when he was featured on a Chicago based children’s art show in the early 1950s. In high school he gained a strong interest in music as well as continuing with his art.   Charles composed and conducted a symphony of the high schools’ orchestra for his graduation.   In 1969 he graduated with a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Art Education with majors in Painting, Printing and Art History.  His non-studio classes were taken at the University of Chicago.

 Charles was selected to be one of the first SAIC docents in the Museum Education program for young children.   He earned a graduate assistantship while he was an undergraduate in art history, where he taught first year students.   Charles taught art at an inner-city medical center’s psychiatric department in Chicago, while he attended SAIC working with children and adults.    He eventually taught at the high school level in the Chicago area.  He won an award for drawing in the International Art Competition in New York during the 1980s.     During the same period he was in charge of a Chicago medical center’s fundraising.  In this capacity he created a huge black-tie event bringing such talent as Petula Clark from England, Debbie Reynolds, Donald O’Connor, the Lettermen, the Irish Rover bagpipers and the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra to entertain the patrons. 

"Blue Prism" Acrylic on Canvas, 24" x 36" - 2010

“Blue Prism” Acrylic on Canvas, 24″ x 36″ – 2010

In 1988 he and his family moved to Bemidji, Minnesota where Charles taught in the education department and the honors’ program at Bemidji State University.   In 2010 he retired as professor emeritus of education and honors.    He currently lives in Burnsville, MN.  Over the years he has had solo art shows and has participated in juried group shows from Connecticut to New York to California.  This show at BCAC represents select pieces since 1968 as he turns 68 years of age.   It reflects variations in style and subject matter.  

"Eggstra Special" , Ink and Pencil, 12" x 16" - 1987

“Eggstra Special” , Ink and Pencil, 12″ x 16″ – 1987