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Charles Allen Wright is a retired art professor. He is a native of Conway, S.C. He began his studies in art at Coastal Carolina College (1974-1976); and completed the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Kent State University, Kent, Ohio in 1978 with a concentration in painting and sculpture. In December 1983, he received the Master of Fine Arts degree in sculpture from Washington University St. Louis, Missouri.

From 2017 - 2019 he served as the Dean of the College at Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University in Grand Rapids Michigan. Before Kendall, he served as a Professor of Art and the Chair of the Department of Art at Western Illinois University from 2007 - 2017. From 1994 - 2005, he served as Chair of the Department of Visual Arts at Coastal Carolina University. His teaching career started at Coastal Carolina in 1985 as an adjunct sculpture professor.

Charles' service to the arts includes serving in various roles with the following groups.

  • President of the Board of Directors of Horry County Arts and Cultural Events or ACE

  • Board of Directors of the National Council of Arts Administrators

  • Board of Directors of the Franklin G. Burroughs and Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

  • Accreditation site evaluator team leader with the National Association of Schools of Art and Design

  • American Alliance of Museums member

  • Tri-State Sculptors


He is a former member of the Board of Directors of the College Art Association (CAA) where he served in various roles.

  • Vice-President of Committees

  • A member of the Executive Committee of the CAA

  • Chair of the Professional Practices Committee (PPC)

As an arts administrator, Charles sought to be an academic leader, an advocate, and a facilitator for students and faculty. As an artist, he continues to produce art from wood, Plexiglas, stone, and a variety of other materials. His art-making continues to be primarily cathartic and life-sustaining pursuits as an object maker.  His motto continues to be, "ARS LONGA, VITA BREVIS" - his translation, "LIFE IS SHORT, BUT ART IS FOREVER"


His wife, Art Historian Jo-Ann Morgan, and Charles currently live in Surfside Beach South Carolina.

Charles Wright in jacket and glasses in New York City at World Trade Center memorial site.
Charles Wright in jacket and geans explaing large stone sculpture in an Art Gallery.
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