Celebrating our 35th gallery season, the Carnegie Art Center, located in Mankato's Historic Carnegie Library is the region's largest dedicated visual arts gallery with rotating monthly exhibitions,artist studio rental space, education classes and a unique gift shop that connects the community to the work of local and regional artists. Our Gallery and Gift Shop hours: Thursday, 1-7 Friday, 1-4 Saturday, 11-5 The Carnegie is closed one week each month for gallery installation and January for building restoration projects. Beginning June 2016, handicap accessible construction.
Carnegie Art Center: Visual Fragments, paintings by Charlie Putnam
Opening March 7, and running through March 23, 2019 in the Carnegie Art Center's Rotunda, Visual Fragments, paintings by Charlie Putnam.
“My current work (in some way, shape or form) has mostly been influenced by my personal experiences. My life experiences may appear in my work as vivid memories, as vague recollections, or as a visual abstraction of those things.
Most of my recent works are done in mixed media on cradled wood panels. The hard surface of the panel is well suited for collage, medium transfer and other mixed media techniques that I have been working with for many years. I have recently been creating geometric abstract images inspired by personal experience combined with notions about the human figure, architecture and landscape.
As I continue my work with wood panels, I am also working on paper and canvas, which will hopefully broaden my focus and inspire change. It’s the anticipation of discovering the unexpected that drives my passion for creating new work.”
Painter and mixed media artist Charlie Putnam earned his Bachelor of Science, Art Education (1981), Bachelor of Fine Arts, Ceramics and Painting (1978), and Master of Arts (1984) from Minnesota State University, Mankato. He taught K-12 at LeSueur-Henderson (1985-2014) and was Adjunct Faculty in the Art Dept. at Minnesota State University (1988-2016). A recipient of several McKnight Individual Artist Grants, he was most recently the recipient of a 2018 McKnight Mid-Career Art Grant. He has exhibited extensively throughout the Midwest.
The public is invited to the opening reception Saturday March 16, 7-9 pm.
If you are interested in purchasing work from this exhibition... please contact our gallery staff.
The Carnegie Art Center, Southern Minnesota's largest dedicated visual arts gallery, has provided arts experiences to our community and gallery opportunities for our local and regional artists since 1981.
Gallery and Gift Shop Hours March 7-23, 2019:
Wheelchair accessible with parking and elevator access in the back of the rotunda during open hours. Questions, please call 507-625-2730.