Michael Ray Charles

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Professor, Design E. W. Doty Professorship in Fine Arts Frank C. Erwin, Jr. Centennial Professorship in Fine Arts

Charles is a contemporary American painter whose work explores historic African American stereotypes from the Antebellum South, appropriating images from advertising and pop culture to expose the underlying racism prevalent in contemporary culture. His work, (Forever Free) Ideas, Languages and Conversations, was commissioned by Landmarks in 2015 and is on view in the Gordon-White Building. He joins the college from the University of Houston.

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