Born in 1924, Charles McGee has worked as an artist for over 70 years. McGee’s enduring themes chronicle the black experience and a love of nature that span an evolution across mediums. His works range from charcoal drawings, painting, and photography, to avant-garde three-dimensional and multimedia pieces and massive murals. The artist has completed public projects in and around Detroit at the William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan and the Detroit People Mover Broadway Station, among many other sites. His works are on permanent display at the Detroit Institute of the Arts and the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. Nationally, his work has been shown at the Brooklyn Museum and Whitney Museum of American Art, and in touring exhibitions with the Smithsonian and Corcoran Gallery of Art of Washington D.C. Charles McGee’s art and outlook are inspiring for us all. He has provided limitless creativity through an exceptionally long career, and at 94 years old is just as impressive in his sustained optimism regarding the future of Detroit and its people. B. 1924, Clemson, South Carolina; based in Detroit, Michigan.
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