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Charles Searles papers, 1953-2010

Searles, Charles Robert, 1937-2004

Painter, Sculptor, Educator

Collection Information

Size: 3.9 Linear feet

Summary: The papers of African American sculptor and painter Charles Searles measure 3.9 linear feet and date from 1953 to 2010. The collection documents his career through scattered biographical material, correspondence, personal business records, printed material, artwork, photographs, and a scrapbook.

Biographical/Historical Note

Charles Robert Searles (1937-2004) was an African American sculptor, painter and muralist in Philadelphia, Pa. and New York, N.Y. Searles attended the University of Pennsylvania and graduated from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in 1972. He was influenced by African art after traveling to Nigeria on the Ware Memorial Traveling Scholarship during his studies at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. During his career he participated in over 100 exhibitions in Denmark, Nigeria, and throughout the United States.


Donated in 2012 by Kathleen Spicer Searles, Charles Searles' widow.

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Language Note

The collection is in English.