Charles Murphy

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Bio_Image-Charles_MurphyTraverse City Artist, Charles Murphy has taught painting classes and workshops since 1975. He is a 1974 graduate of Minnesota State University finishing magna cum laude with a BFA in studio arts. Arts organizations across Michigan including the Ann Arbor Arts Association, the Holland Area Arts Council, the Glen Arbor Arts Association, the Crooked Tree Arts Center, Southwest Michigan Watercolor Society, Art Center Traverse City, the Toledo Artists Club, and the Mid-Michigan Artists Guild have all endorsed Mr. Murphy’s workshops as “excellent”. In 2003 the Traverse Area Arts Council named him “Art Educator of the Year” and demand for his teaching classes continue to grow.

Working with over 40 galleries in his career his artwork has found its way into innumerable private and public collections worldwide including: Kraft, General Motors, Prudential, Mead Corporation, John Hancock, International Harvestor and U.S. Gypsum.

Charles has exhibited with the American Watercolor Society and International Society of Experimental Artists. His art and illustration has graced well-known books, CD covers, calendars, wine labels, corporate reports and college text book covers.

Charles Murphy and his wife Carrie live in Traverse City, Michigan. For further information, call 231-947-6285.

Books Illustrated by Charles R. Murphy

  • “Reach for the Moon” By Samantha Abeel

  • “Smokey the Raccoon” By Peggy Featherstone

  • “Where is Bobbi?” By Joyce Ward

  • “The Waking Hour” Written and Illustrated by Charles R. Murphy

  • “Chickadees at Night” By Bill O. Smith “The Chickadee Spirit” By Bill O. Smith

*Charles will be teaching classes right here at Artists North! Call to RSVP 231-547-3520