Aug 13

CHAW - Master Craftsman: Artful Stories in the City


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. 


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.

10:00 am10:00

Dragon Dance Art Tour and Opening

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!


Second Floor

621 H St NW
Washington, DC 20001

b/t N 7th St & N 6th St 

Jun 30

June 2015. Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts Members Gallery Exhibition

Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts Members Gallery Exhibition, June 2015

On exhibition will be two recent public art projects that I proposed on as part of larger teams as well as some of my own individual sculptures.

Theodore Roosevelt Portrait Bust and Graphic Panels

600 Foot Long Perimeter Fence Artwork for River Terrace Special Education Center

Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts (FCCA)
813 Sophia Street
Fredericksburg, VA 22401