MIXED MEDIA ARTIST (NY)
Charles Branigan was born in Camden New Jersey and grew up throughout Southern New Jersey and Haddonfield N.J. In 1981 he received a B.F.A. from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania and in 1983 began working as a wood shop, metal shop and art teacher at Archway Programs in Atco, New Jersey. At Archway Charles honed his craft as an artist and teacher while developing an affinity for working with special needs high school students. In 1987 he took a teaching position with the New Jersey Department of Corrections working with incarcerated youth throughout the state. There they focused on a wide variety of creative, artistic and special interest construction projects. Students worked on renovations of inner city homes, painted murals and signs in Camden N.J. and completed historically accurate renovations of old structures in several New Jersey State Parks. Students made cast cement, steel and wood picnic tables and park benches for use throughout the New Jersey State Parks System. After 25 years of creative special projects with his students Charles retired from state service with the New Jersey Juvenile Justice Commission in September of 2012 to create art full time.
Since retirement Charles has exhibited his artwork in numerous regional juried art shows and galleries, winning several awards. In 2013 his steel sculpture, “Zipper” was in the New Jersey Arts Annual: CRAFTS show at the Noyes Arts Garage of Stockton College in Atlantic City, N.J. He has had two one-man shows at Casciano Coffee Bar and Sweetery in Hammonton N.J., and displayed work at the Hammonton Arts Center in Hammonton N.J., the Jam Gallery in Malvern Pa., the Noyes Arts Garage of Stockton College in Atlantic City N.J. and was in the 72Nd Exhibition at the Salmagundi Club in New York City. Charles was recently voted into a trustee position at the Hammonton Arts Center and is actively involved with several other voluntary community service projects. While always experimenting with new methods and materials his current favorite medium is metal sculpture with Mayan, Aztec and African artwork being a major influence.
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