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Oakland University
Art and Art History

310 Wilson Hall
Rochester , MI 48309
(location map)
phone: (248) 370-3375
fax: (248) 370-3377

Oakland University
Art and Art History

310 Wilson Hall
Rochester , MI 48309
(location map)
phone: (248) 370-3375
fax: (248) 370-3377

Bruce Charlesworth

Assistant Professor of Studio Art 
Office: 321 Wilson Hall 
Tel: (248) 370-4587
Fax: (248) 370-3377 
charlesworth@oakland.edu
www.brucecharlesworth.net

Courses Taught:

ART 1004 Foundations of Media Art
ART 1160 Photography for Non-Majors 
ART 2200 Introduction to Interactive Art and Technology
ART 3210 Video Art I
ART 3220 Video Art II
ART 3240 Interactive Art
ART 3260 Fabrication & Coding Practices
ART 3280 Video + Performance + Installation
ART 4988 Seminar in Studio Art
ART 4999 Senior Thesis in Studio Art
SA 260 Digital Imaging I
SA 300 Professional Practice
SA 350 Black-and-White Photography I


Education

MFA, University of Iowa, Iowa City
MA, University of Iowa, Iowa City
BA, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls


Grants, Fellowships and Awards:

Faculty Research Fellowship, University Research Committee, Oakland University, 2020

Todi Fellows Circle, Todi, Italy (photography), 2018

Center for 21st Century Studies Fellowship, 2009

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, 2007

McKnight Foundation Artist Fellowship, 2003 (also 1993, 1986, 1982)

Bush Foundation Artist Fellowship, 2000 (also 1989, 1981)

McKnight Photography Fellowship, 1994 (also 1988, 1983)

Jerome Foundation Media Arts Travel and Study Grant (England and Scotland), 1991

National Endowment for the Arts Film Production Grant, 1989

Film in the Cities Regional Film and Video Grant, 1988 (also 1986, 1982) 

Leopold Godowsky Jr. Color Photography Award, 1988

Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award, 1987

National Endowment for the Arts Visual Arts Fellowship, 1984

Minnesota State Arts Board Grant, 1983 (also 1979)

Jerome Foundation Emerging Artist Fellowship, 1981


Selected Solo Exhibitions

Bruce Charlesworth / Action is Eloquence, University of Northern Iowa Museum of Art, Cedar Falls, 2010.

Serum, Thomas Barry Fine Arts, Minneapolis, 2005.

Slumberland, Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, 2003. Catalogue. 

The Happiness Effect, S.K. Josefsberg Gallery, Portland, Oregon, 2002.

Animals and Plants, St. Cloud State University Art Gallery, St. Cloud, Minnesota, 2001.

Bruce Charlesworth, S.K. Josefsberg Gallery, Portland, Oregon, 1997.

Cyclops, Motel Fine Arts Exhibitions, New York, 1996.

DEATH-RAY, Thomas Barry Fine Arts, Minneapolis, 1996.

#55, Motel Fine Arts Exhibitions, New York, 1994.

Bruce Charlesworth, Rochester Art Center, Rochester, Minnesota, 1992.

Bruce Charlesworth, Yellowstone Art Center, Billings, Montana, 1991. Catalogue.

Man and Nature, Jayne H. Baum Gallery, New York, 1991.

Man and Nature – Part Two, Thomas Barry Fine Arts, Minneapolis, 1991

Bruce Charlesworth, Modulo Centro Difusor de Arte, Lisbon, 1990. Catalogue; traveled to Modulo Centro Difusor de Arte, Oporto, Portugal, 1990.

Bruce Charlesworth: Photographs, Blatant Image – Silver Eye Gallery, Pittsburgh, 1990.  

Bruce Charlesworth: Photographs, Marianne Deson Gallery, Chicago, 1989.

Stranger's Index: Bruce Charlesworth, The Photographers' Gallery, London, 1989. Catalogue.

Circle of Doubt, Charlotte Crosby Kemper Gallery, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, Missouri, 1989.

Man and Nature – Part One, Thomas Barry Fine Arts, Minneapolis, 1989; travelled to Deson-Saunders Gallery, Chicago (1991).

Private Enemy - Public Eye: The Work of Bruce Charlesworth, International Center of Photography MIDTOWN, New York, 1988. Catalogue (publ. 1989).

Abstraction, Thomas Barry Fine Arts, Minneapolis, 1987.

Bruce Charlesworth, Schreiber/Cutler Contemporary Art, New York, 1987.

Bruce Charlesworth: New Photographs, Marianne Deson Gallery, Chicago, 1986.

Trouble: Photographs 1983-85, The Tweed Museum, Duluth, 1985.

Wrong Adventures, The Capp Street Project, San Francisco, 1984. Catalogue (publ. 1985).

Bruce Charlesworth, Gallery 400, University of Illinois, Chicago, 1984. Catalogue.

Bruce Charlesworth: New Photographs, P.S.1, New York, 1983.

Lost Dance Steps, Artists Space, New York, 1982.

Special Communiqués, Film in the Cities Gallery, St. Paul, 1981.

Bruce Charlesworth: Eddie Glove, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, 1980.


Selected Group Exhibitions

True Fiction. At the Edge of Reality, Fondazione Palazzo Magnani, Reggio Emilia, Italy, 2020. Catalogue.

Daguerreotype, Autochrome, Polaroid 1/1, The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow, Russia, 2019. Catalogue.

The Polaroid Project: At the Intersection of Art and Technology, Amon Carter Museum of Art, Fort Worth, 2017. Catalogue (publ. 2018); traveled to: WestLicht Schauplatz für Fotografie, Vienna, 2017; Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, Hamburg, CO Berlin, Berlin and National Museum of Singapore, Singapore (each 2018), Musée McCord, Montreal (2019) and MIT Museum, Cambridge, Massachusetts (2020). 

The Polaroid Years: Instant Photography and Experimentation, Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY, 2013. Catalogue; traveled to the Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach (2014). 

Dislocations, Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb, Istanbul, 2011.

From Polaroid to Impossible, WestLicht Schauplatz für Fotografie, Vienna, 2011. Catalogue.

Wisconsin Triennial 2010 (Love Disorder), Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Madison, 2010. Catalogue.

Selections from Superlight (Love Disorder), Museum of Contemporary Art – Cleveland, Cleveland, 2009.

ZERO1 Global Festival of Art on the Edge, Main Biennial Exhibition Superlight (Love Disorder), San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, 2008. Catalogue (publ. 2009). 

(REAL): Photographic Constructs, Center for Visual Art, Denver, 2007.

Manifestations of Contemporary Art, Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran, 2007. 

Casa de Luz, Fundació Foto Colectania, Barcelona, 2004. Catalogue.

State of the State (Airlock), Minneapolis College of Art and Design Gallery, Minneapolis, 2004. Catalogue.

Urban Exhibition, OnView (virtual) and Brooke Alexander Gallery, New York, 2001.

TKTS, Van Alen Institute, New York, 2000.

Show Me a Story, Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, 1999.

Inside These Walls, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1998.

Metroscapes, Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis, 1998. Catalogue.

Scene of the Crime, Schneider Gallery, Chicago, 1997.

Delirium, Ricco / Maresca Gallery, New York, 1996.

Truths and Trials: Color Photography Since 1975, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 1996.

Telling Stories, Jacksonville Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville, 1996. Catalogue.

Cenas Domésticas, Modulo Centro Difusor de Arte, Lisbon, 1995. 

Self as Subject: Artists Portray Themselves, Thomas Barry Fine Arts, Minneapolis, 1995.

Fictions of the Self, Weatherspoon Art Gallery, University of North Carolina, Greensboro,1993. Catalogue; traveled to Herter Art Gallery, University of Massachusetts, Amherst (1994).

Survival in the Technological World, Blanden Memorial Art Museum, Fort Dodge, Iowa, 1993.

Something’s Out There: Danger in Contemporary Photography, National Arts Club, New York, 1992.

Voyeurism, Jayne H. Baum Gallery, New York, 1992.

Pleasures and Terrors of Domestic Comfort, Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1991. Catalogue; traveled to Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Baltimore Museum of Art (both 1992) and Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati (1993). 

Situações, Galeria J.M. Gomes Alves, Guimarães, Portugal, 1991.

The Technological Muse, Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, NY, 1990. Catalogue.

Constructed Reality, New Jersey Center for Visual Arts, Summit, 1990. Catalogue.

Seductive Deceptions: The Theatrical Image, University Gallery, University of Florida, Gainesville, 1990. Catalogue.

Spirits in the Material World, Deson-Saunders Gallery, Chicago, 1990.

Constructed Spaces, Boston Architectural Center and Photographic Resource Center, Boston, 1990.

The Photography of Invention: American Pictures of the Eighties, National Museum of American Art, Washington, 1989. Catalogue; traveled to Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago and Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (both 1990).

Identity: Representations of the Self, Whitney Museum of American Art-Downtown at Federal Reserve Plaza, New York, 1988. Catalogue.

Fabrications, Carpenter Center for Visual Arts, Harvard University, Cambridge, 1988. Catalogue.

Cross References: Sculpture into Photography, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, 1987. Catalogue; traveled to Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (1988).

Arrangements for the Camera, Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, 1987.

Surveillance, L.A.C.E., Los Angeles, 1987. Catalogue.

Signs of the Real, White Columns, New York, 1986.

Before the Camera, Burden Gallery, New York, 1986. Catalogue.

Photographic Fictions, Whitney Museum of American Art - Fairfield Co., Stamford, Connecticut, 1986.

A Visible Order, Lieberman and Saul Gallery, New York, 1986; traveled to University of Illinois, Chicago (1987) and Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles (1988).

Intimate / INTIMATE, Turman Gallery, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, Indiana, 1986. Calalogue.

Otherland, Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York, 1985.

Weird Beauty, The Palladium, New York, 1985.

The Family of Man: 1956-83, P.S.1, New York, 1984.

Biennial Exhibition, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 1983. Catalogue.

Language, Drama, Source and Vision, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, 1983.

The End of the World: Contemporary Visions of the Apocalypse, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, 1983. Catalogue.

Eight Artists: The Anxious Edge, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, 1982. Catalogue.

Persona, The New Museum, New York, 1981. Catalogue.

Likely Stories, Castelli Graphics, New York, 1980.

Instantanés, Musée National d'Art Moderne, Paris, 1980. Catalogue; traveled to Musée de Grenoble, Grenoble; Centre d’Art Plastiques Contemporains, Bordeaux; Musée de St. Etienne, St. Etienne; Maison de la Culture, Rennes; Musée de la Charité sur Loire, la Charité; Maison de la Culture, Nevers, Musée de Strasbourg, Strasbourg (ending 1982).

SX-70, Center for Exploratory and Conceptual Arts, Buffalo. 1979.

SX-70 Art, Clarence Kennedy Gallery, Cambridge, Massachussetts, 1979. Catalogue; traveled to Los Angeles County Museum of Art; International Center of Photography, New York; Galerie Walcheturm, Zurich, Switzerland; Europhot, Antwerp, Belgium and other European, American and Canadian locations (ending 1982).


Selected Public Collections

Baltimore Museum of Art

Fundação de Serraives, Oporto, Portugal

Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Mid-Hudson Library, Poughkeepsie

Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Museum of Fine Art, Houston

Museum of Modern Art, New York

The Photographers’ Gallery, London

Walker Art Center, Minneapolis

WestLicht Schauplatz für Fotografie, Vienna


Books on the Artist

Aperture Foundation and the International Center of Photography. Private Enemy - Public Eye: The Work of Bruce Charlesworth, images and short fiction by Bruce Charlesworth, essay by Charles Hagen, New York, 1989.


Books on the Artist and Others

Heine, Achim, Rebekkah Reuter & Ulrike Willingmann, eds. From Polaroid to Impossible: Masterpieces of Instant Photography - The Westlicht Collection, essays by Achim Heine, Barbara Hitchcock and Florian Kaps (Osfildern, Germany: Hatje Cantz), 2011.

Crist, Steve, ed. The Polaroid Book, essay by Barbara Hitchcock (Los Angeles: Taschen), 2005.

Fundacio Foto Colectania. Casa De Luz, essays by Mario Rotllant Solá, Maria Filomena Molder, Lola Garrido and Filipa Valladares, Barcelona, 2004.

Hitchcock, Barbara, ed. Emerging Bodies: Nudes from the Polaroid Collections, essay by Andy Grundberg (Zurich and New York: Edition Stemmle), 2000.

Harper Prism. The Art of the X-Files, essay by William Gibson, New York, 1998.

Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation. The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Awards in Painting, Sculpture, Printmaking and Craft Media, New York, 1988.

Hoy, Anne. Fabrications (New York: Abbeville Press), 1987.

Walker Art Center. Walker Art Center: A History, Minneapolis, 1985.

Eastman Kodak. International Photography, Rochester, New York, 1981.


Textbooks Including the Artist’s Work

Hirsch, Robert. Light & Lens: Photography in the Digital Age, 2nd Edition (Amsterdam: Focal Press, Elsevier), 2012.

Kolb, Gary. Photographing in the Studio (Dubuque, Iowa: W.C.B. Brown and Benchmark, Publishers), 1993.


Solo Exhibition Catalogues

Yellowstone Art Center. Bruce Charlesworth, ex. cat., Billings, 1991.

Modulo Centro Difusor de Arte. Bruce Charlesworth, Lisbon/Oporto, 1990. 

The Photographers’ Gallery. Stranger's Index: Bruce Charlesworth, essay by Martin Caiger-Smith, London, 1989.

University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point. Bruce Charlesworth, essay by Carol Emmons, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, 1986.

University of Illinois at Chicago. Bruce Charlesworth, essay by Laurel Bradley, Chicago, 1984.


Group Exhibition Catalogues

Guadagnini, Walter. True Fiction. At the Edge of Reality, Fondazione Palazzo Magnani, Reggio Emilia, Italy, 2020.

Averyanova, Olga. Daguerreotype, Autochrome, Polaroid 1/1, The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow, 2019. 

Ewing, William and Barbara Hitchcock, eds. The Polaroid Project: At the Intersection of Art and Technology, essays  by Christopher Bonanos, Deborah G. Douglas, Dennis Jelonnek, Gary Van Zante, John Rohrbach, Peter Buse, and Rebekka Reuter (London: Thames and Hudson), 2018.

Lombino, Mary Kay. The Polaroid Years: Instant Photography and Experimentation, essay by Peter Buse (London: Prestel Publishing), Poughkeepsie, New York, 2013. 

Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. Wisconsin Triennial 2010, Madison, 2010.

Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland. Selections from Superlight, essay by Steve Dietz, 2009.

San Jose Museum of Art and ZERO1, Superlight, essay by Steve Dietz, San Jose, 2008.

Maryland Art Place. Serious Humorists (incl. Slumberland), essay by Satre Stuelke, Baltimore, 2002.

Jacksonville Museum of Contemporary Art. Telling Stories, essay by Paul Karabinis, Jacksonville, Florida, 1996.

Weatherspoon Art Gallery and Herter Art Gallery. Fictions of the Self: The Portrait in Contemporary Photography, essay by Trevor Richardson, Greensboro, NC and Amherst, Massachusetts, 1993.

Galassi, Peter. Pleasures and Terrors of Domestic Comfort (New York: Museum of Modern Art), 1991.

Katonah Museum of Art. The Technological Muse, essay by Susan Fillin-Yeh, Katonah, New York, 1990. 

University of Florida at Gainesville. Seductive Deceptions: The Theatrical Image, essay by Wallace Wilson, Gainesville, Florida, 1990. 

New Jersey Center for Visual Arts. Constructed Reality, Summit, New Jersey, 1990.

Smith, Joshua P. The Photography of Invention: American Pictures of the 1980s (Cambridge, and London: The M.I.T. Press; Washington, D.C.: National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution), Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1989.

Whitney Museum of American Art. Identity: Representations of the Self, New York, 1988.

Walker Art Center. Cross-References: Sculpture into Photography, essays by Elizabeth Armstrong, Marge Goldwater and Adam Weinberg, Minneapolis, 1987.

L.A.C.E. Surveillance, essays by Branda Miller and Debora Irmas, Los Angeles, 1987.

American Film Institute. 1987 National Video Festival, essays by various authors, Los Angeles, 1987.

White Columns. Signs of the Real, essay by Deborah Bershad, New York, 1986.

American Film Institute. 1986 National Video Festival, essays by various authors, Los Angeles, 1986.

Turman Gallery, Indiana State University. Intimate / INTIMATE, essay by Charles S. Mayer, Terre Haute, Indiana, 1986.

Aperture Foundation, Inc. Before the Camera: A Selection of Contemporary Studio Tableaux, essays by Charles Stainback and Larry Frascella, New York, 1986.

Capp Street Project. Capp Street Project, essay by Leah Levy, San Francisco, 1985.

New Museum of Contemporary Art. The End of the World: Contemporary Visions of the Apocalypse, essay by Lynn Gumpert, New York, 1983.

Whitney Museum of American Art. 1983 Biennial Exhibition, New York, 1983.

Walker Art Center. The Anxious Edge, essay by Lisa Lyons, Minneapolis, 1982.

New Museum. Persona, essays by Lynn Gumpert and Ned Rifkin, New York, 1981.

Musée National d'Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou. Instantanés, Paris, 1980. 

Gibson, Ralph, ed. SX-70 Art (New York: Lustrum Press, Inc.), 1979.


Articles on the Artist’s Work

Abbe, Mary. "This Time, a Charlesworth Film has a Plot", Minneapolis Star Tribune, January 9, 1994, p. 10F.

Anderson, Phil. "Local Menace", City Pages, February 23, 1994, pp. 22, 24.

Mulligan, Patrick. “Local Artist Bruce Charlesworth Uses Filmmaking to Understand His World”, The Southwest Journal, September, 1993, pp. B10, B11.

Kent, Sarah. "Reel Life", 20/20 (London), issue no. 8, November, 1989, pp. 156, 157.

Hagen, Charles.  "Bruce Charlesworth and the Case of the Missing Hero", Artforum, April, 1988, front cover and feature article, pp. 131-136.

Skarjune, David. "Suspended Consternation: The Art of Bruce Charlesworth", Vinyl Arts Magazine, August, 1987, pp. 9-10

Douglass, Madeline. "Who is Bruce Charlesworth?", Vinyl Arts Magazine, July/August, 1987, pp. 9, 10.

Poole, Rebecca. “Home is Where the Art is”, California Magazine, vol. 10, no. 7, July 1985, pp. 64, 65.

Abbe, Mary. "<Night Life> is Vintage Charlesworth", Minneapolis Star Tribune, May 10, 1987, pp. 1G, 3G.

Abbe, Mary. "Charlesworth Photos, Videotapes Reflect the Out-of Whack World of Normal Life", Minneapolis Star Tribune, March 3, 1985, pp. 1G, 4G.

Riddle, Mason. "Bruce Charlesworth", Arts, vol. 7, no. 11, November, 1984, pp. 21, 22.

Mantell, Suzanne. "A Man's Home is his Palette", Vogue, July, 1984, p. 54.

Ellis, Valerie. “You Never Can Tell: Bruce Charlesworth”, Changing Channels, Winter, 1982, p. 9.

Skarjune, David. "Remote Control Vision", Minnesota Daily, February 19, 1981, p. 12AE.


Articles Including the Artist’s Work

Roalf, Peggy, ed. "Exquisite Corpse", Aperture 149 ("Dark Days: Mystery, Murder, Mayhem"), 1997, pp. 56-61.

"Making Art", Life (150 Years of Photography), vol. 11, no. 10, Fall, 1988, pp. 62-68.