2017 Finalist Selections

Charles Bergen Studios was selected as a finalist for two projects for 2017: 

1. VisionDC Art Tank: an art challenge program that will bring Washington, DC developers and artists together to design and implement art projects throughout the nations capital.

2. Biltmore Hills Tennis Center: site-specific public artwork for integration as a part of renovations in the city of Raleigh, NC.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Charles Bergen Studios Awarded Several Local Public Art Commissions

December 2016

Charles Bergen Studios is thrilled to announce the award of several local commissions for public art projects in in 2016 and 2017.

 

DC Commission for the Arts and Humanities Fellowship

On October 3, 2016, the DC Commission for Arts and Humanities awarded Charles Bergen a fellowship in support of the studio.  In addition, the Commission’s Art Bank Collection purchased works designed and created by Charles Bergen Studios for the Anacostia River Terrace Community.  The work will be added to the Washingtonia Collection and offered for display to local non-profit organizations and businesses. 

 

Dance Place Arts Park

In 2016, Dance Place, a vibrant local Washington D.C. non-profit arts organization, commissioned several pieces to be installed in a new local Arts Park.  Three pieces – a colorful painted carbon steel ‘Art on 8th’ sign, a laser-cut metal bike rack and repair station and a fiberglass turtle sprinkler were installed this summer and fall.  –The final piece, an artistic downspout for the building will be installed in the spring.  Together, these installations will help to strengthen a sense of community and place around the Dance Place facility. 

 

Rhode Island Avenue Trolley Trail

As part of its ongoing effort to revitalize the Rhode Island NE corridor, the City of Hyattsville awarded Charles Bergen Studios a commission to complete a sculptural signage piece at the head of the Rhode Island Trolley Trail.

 

Bowie: Past, Present and Future

Awarded by the Bowie City Council, this piece will be located next to City Hall in Bowie, Maryland.  The piece, which will feature three large metalwork panels on concrete will convey the towns’ strong sense of history and highlight this community of engaged citizens that share interwoven stories and lives.

 

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For more information on Charles Bergen Studios please visit www.charlesbergenstudios.com.

Master Craftsman: Artful Stories in the City the Creative Work of Charles Bergen Studios

Please join us Monday night from 5:30 to 7:30 PM at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop for the Opening Reception of Master Craftsman: Artful Stories in the City the Creative Work of Charles Bergen Studios. The exhibition runs through August 13, 2016. 

Wine, Beer and Snacks will be served and the work that my studio has created over the past three years will be on display. CHAW is located at 545 7th St SE, Washington, DC 20003 and is walking distance from the Eastern Market Metro.

SHOW DESCRIPTION:

The work of sculptor Charles Bergen is a unique intersection of skill and imagination. With works ranging from sublime animal sculptures to grand public installations, his artistry, architectural savvy and eye for uncommon forms in unconventional spaces render an engaging blend of precision and elegance that is both accessible and timeless. Master Craftsman: Artful Stories in the City, highlights elements of design, engineering, collaboration through Bergen’s vision. The show runs June 20 - August 13, 2016 at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop.

UPCOMING: CHAW - Master Craftsman: Artful Stories in the City

SHOW DESCRIPTION

The work of sculptor Charles Bergen is a unique intersection of skill and imagination.  With works ranging from sublime animal sculptures to grand public installations, his artistry, architectural savvy and eye for uncommon forms in unconventional spaces render an engaging blend of precision and elegance that is both accessible and timeless.   Master Craftsman: Artful Stories in the City, highlights elements of design, engineering, collaboration through Bergen’s vision.   The show runs June 20 - August 13, 2016 at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop. 

INSTALLATION

Master Craftsman: Artful Stories in the City will feature original sculpture,replications of public works,  source materials, architectural renderings, photos, context panels, and interactive opportunities demonstrating creative and pragmatic processes involved from conception to finished piece.  Installation will bring “the outside into the gallery” with strategically placed sculpture and replications of public art scaled and modified to fit the constraints of the CHAW gallery.   It will tell the story of artistic evolution and displays that tell the story of what it takes to get a piece of sculpture into the public sphere.   Interactive materials may include an oversized coloring dragon, dragon walking path, a turtle sprinkler, medallions along the CHAW fence.  Display ideas include banner dragons that wrap around posts or transition from floor to wall, creation of “habitats” for sculptural animals, photos of fabrication.  The atmosphere will have a museum of science and industry quality to it, leveraging the 3D and public art nature of the work.

UPCOMING: Dragon Dance Art Tour and Opening

  • Saturday, May 28, 2016

  • 10:00am  1:00pm

Charles Bergen Studios’s Dragon Dance streetscape design will be installed in early May at the intersection of 7th and H Streets NW. This is right in the middle of Chinatown and practically underneath the Chinatown Arch.

The artwork has been fabricated out of colorful thermoplastic and will be installed in early May (May  2, 4 , 5 , 8 and 9).

On Sunday May 28th  I will also be hosting Dim Sum and a tour of the Artwork.

At 11 AM we will meet at Tony Cheng Seafood Restaurant and at approximately 12:30 we will leave the restaurant and walk down H Street Past the Arch for the Dragon Dance Tour.

We hope to see you there!

Address:

Second Floor

621 H St NW
Washington, DC 20001

b/t N 7th St & N 6th St 

Support Brookland's Southern Gateway

I have created this sculpture of two monumental scarlet oak leaves and acorns to mark the Southern Gateway to Brookland's 12th Street Commercial Corridor. The sculpture is to be placed at the intersection of 12th and Rhode Island Avenue NE in Washington. See the rendering of the sculpture attached. I please need additional funding to complete this sculpture and am starting this crowdfunding campaign to reach my funding goal. .Please click on the link to see more images of the sculpture and to fund this project. Thank you in advance for your support


Take a moment to check it out on Indiegogo and also share it with your friends. All the tools are there. Get perks, make a contribution, or simply follow updates. If enough of us get behind it, we can make 'Scarlet Oak Leaves for Brookland, Washington, DC' happen! 

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/scarlet-oak-leaves-for-brookland-washington-dc/a1c1/12569250

 

Honorable Mention at Mercer University

Barracks Row and Eastern Market Letters for the Eastern Market Metro Plaza

Charles Bergen Studios teamed with Barracks Row to create designs for Barracks Row and Eastern Market Letters for the Eastern Market Metro Plaza.

Barracks Row is the oldest commercial street in Washington, DC. The word sculptures that spell out Barracks Row and Eastern Market will provide a picture worthy opportunity like Robert Indiana’s LOVE in Philadelphia. These sculptures will become a place maker, meeting place, and identifier of one of the oldest neighborhood in Washington, DC. The project is intended to harness the transformative power of public art to turn the idea of
signage into a tangible, interactive symbol of neighborhood identity and place-making.

MEDIA: GFRC with Tnemec Abrasive Resistant Coating
DIMENSIONS: Upper Case Letters 54” H, Lowercase 36” H.
LOCATION: Barracks Row and Eastern Market, Washington, DC
PARTNERS: Barracks Row Main Street

To download the project sheet for this project and see more on my public art projects click here.


Public Art Proposals

Recently I did a series of Public Art Proposals for my Brookland, Edgewood neighborhoods and the Eastern Market and Barracks Row neighborhoods. Art on 8th will hopefully be getting some additional, custom pieces to enhance the community. And Eastern Market and Barracks Row will be getting some new, vibrant landmarks. A I have added them to my public art page here.  

Bike Repair Station

Bike Repair Station

Bike Racks in Brookland 

Bike Racks in Brookland 

Barracks Row

Barracks Row


Eastern Market

Eastern Market