Ordinary Guy

Charlie Brouwer
Willis, VA
Locust wood, deck screws, preservative stain
Honorable Mention: 31st Rosen Sculpture Competition
The Dance by Wayne Vaughn
The Dance by Wayne Vaughn
The Dance by Wayne Vaughn

Artist Comments

I have been making art since 1968 and I feel like I am just getting started. My work ranges from small indoor gallery pieces to large outdoor sculptures to indoor and outdoor installations and public art projects. Drawing from personal experiences, beliefs and feelings, I re-experience life through art by looking for evidence of beauty, truth, goodness, honesty, mercy, hope and generosity that transcends the doubt, darkness, isolation, suffering and fear that are also part of life. Wood is my main material when constructing sculptures. In attempting to expand the possibilities of public art, I have worn a backpack sculpture to a public art conference, made book sculptures for a library to be shelved and checked out, and made temporary installations about communities out of ladders.

-Charlie Brouwer

About the Artist

Charlie Brouwer has been a full-time artist since he retired from teaching art in 2008. 
He received his art education at Portland State University and Western Michigan University where he received his MA in painting and an MFA in sculpture. His teaching career took him to Fig Tree High Public School in New South Wales, Australia, Kalamazoo Christian High School in Michigan and Radford University in Virginia.

For more information, visit charliebrouwer.com.