An African American painter born in Lafayette, Charles spent most of his youth in Los Angeles, New Orleans and St. Martinville. He graduated from St. Martinville Senior High School in 1985. Later that fall he entered McNeese State University in Lake Charles. Over the next 3 1/2 years, Charles studied design and advertising before receiving a Bacherlor of Fine Arts degree in 1989. After receiving his Master of Fine Arts degree in 1993 from the University of Houston, Charles began teaching at the University of Texas in Austin.

Charles was among the first group of artists showcased in the 2001 PBS series titled “Art21.” This watershed series highlighted top artist of the 21st century. A 2003 article in Black Issues in Higher Education acknowledged Charles as one of the top future African American scholars under the age of 40. In 2000, he was a consultant on Spike Lee’s film, “Bamboozled” and has been the subject of several film documentaries.

Charles has also served as a panelist for National Endowment for the Arts and a juror for The Bush Artist Fellowship in St. Paul, Minn., and the Inaugural Biennial Underground Railroad Exhibition at Northern Kentucky University.

Most recently, his work was included in the 2006 documentary “Race is the Place,” and in exhibitions at Cotthem Gallery in Barcelona and the PMMK Museum of Modern Art in Ostend, Belgium.

Charles lectures and exhibits nationally and internationally, and his work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in New York, Germany, Paris, Belgium, Spain, Norway, Miami and Santa Fe. His work has been documented in many books, magazines and news papers as well as an extensive number public and private collection around the world, including the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, N.Y., the San Antonio Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Austin Museum of Art.

Today, Charles continues to exhibit in national and international venues. His work remains the subject of books, magazines, and newspaper articles and is included in many public and private collections. Currently, he is a Professor of Art in the department of Art and Art History at the University of Texas at Austin, where he and his family reside.

To learn more about Charles, visit his UT Austin faculty Web site at www.finearts.utexas.edu/aah/studio_art/faculty/charles.cfm

This presentation of the LSU Art + Design Distinguished Lecture Series is sponsored by a generous endowment by Paula G. Manship and the School of Art.

Michael Ray Charles

The LSU College of Art & Design’s Distinguished Lecture Series presents artist Michael Ray Charles Wednesday, Nov. 4, at 5 p.m. in the Room 103 of the Art & Design Building.