A native of Washington, DC, Charles Bergen started creating artwork at an early age --studying sculpture in high school as well as at the Corcoran College of Art and Design during the summer. Leaving Washington for college and graduate school, Charles studied Art and Architecture at Yale University before returning to Washington, DC to practice Architecture in 1993.
A LEED Accredited Professional and licensed Architect in Washington, DC; Maryland and Virginia in his architectural practice Charles focused on sustainable design. Throughout his twenty-year plus architectural career Mr. Bergen continued to sculpt, work with wood, and create large scale sculptures as a hobby. In 2013 Mr. Bergen moved to pursuing sculpture and public art full-time. In July of 2013, he served as the Artist-in-Residence at the National Wildlife Museum in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. In September of 2013 he opened Studio 11 on the Arts Walk at Monroe Street Market.
Presently, Charles’ work includes a commission with the Animal Alphabet Project with the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop for the Letter “F”, a grant to complete two groupings of sculptures in the Brookland neighborhood of D.C.; and the sculpture of a Florida Manatee out of white pine with a rough wood base for a client in Salisbury, MD. His team was one of three finalists for the Chuck Brown Memorial Artwork. He will be teaching art this summer in a summer week course at the Chesapeake Bay Arts Center. The course is titled 'Animals and Environment of the Chesapeake Bay'. Students will learn about the endangered species of the Chesapeake Bay by reading, writing and researching a short paper as well as by drawing, keeping a sketch book, as well as sculpting and creating drawings.
In September 2014 Charles will be exhibiting my sculptures at the Hollingsworth Art Gallery at the Patuxent National Wildlife Visitor Center, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop Laurel, MD 20708-4027
Whether he is designing buildings or creating sculpture, Mr. Bergen enjoys working in simplified forms. As a sculpture he strives to capture the essence of the person or animal being sculpted.
In my work I have always been intrigued by wildlife that lives in, on, or near the water and much of my work focuses on this “water” wildlife. That being said I have also done sculptures of bears, owls, cats and other creatures that are not water focused. I like working in simplified forms that capture the essence of the animal I am sculpting. Inuit art and sculpture I enjoy very much for this reason as well as simplified elemental architecture like the work of the American Architect Louis Kahn. From an early age I have always been interested in animals, what they look like, their habitats and how they live. Animals have always captured my imagination for their beauty, power and for some of them their social natures. In many ways my interest in animal sculpture and habitats ties into my ecological and sustainable interests. In my past career as an architect I focused most recently on green building and have held leadership rolls in this area of practice.
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