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Charles Snowden

Charles Snowden

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Working through objects and video allows for play with symbolically loaded information that illustrates how culture constructs the body in relationship to gender, age, death, and nature. While remaining tethered to the sociocultural and sociopolitical through research, the work is a forensic endeavor, not diagnostic, nor prognostic. Re-staging a ritual recalls specific imagery from history as vehicles for understanding identity and its meaning. In this, I seek to create experiences that cultivate a temperamental poetics where in the case of objects, gardens, and storytelling feels medicinal and regenerative, yet melancholic.


Born in Vista, California, Charles Snowden currently lives and works between Los Angeles and Barcelona. He holds a BA in Studio Art and Art History from Humboldt State University and an MFA in Fine Art from UCLA.


  • 2021 - MFA, University of California Los Angeles
  • 2012 - BA, Studio Art, Minor: Art History, Humboldt State University
Selected Exhibitions
  • 2021
  • Solo Exhibition, Of Meat More Than Flesh, Alice and Nahum Lainer Gallery, Los Angeles, California
  • SD Practice, San Diego Art Institute, San Diego, California
  • 2020
  • Glimpses of Life, Kruglak Gallery, Oceanside, California
  • 2019
  • UCLA Open Studios, UCLA Margot Levin Graduate Studios, Los Angeles, California
  • Shifting Aesthetics, Millard Sheets Art Center, Pomona, California
  • Useless Man, Highways Performance Space, Santa Monica, California
  • SoCal MFA Exhibition, Millard Sheets Art Center, Pomona,
  • California, Juror: Helen Molesworth
  • UCLA Open Studios, UCLA Temporary Graduate Studios, Los Angeles, California
  • 2018
  • UCLA Open Studios, UCLA Temporary Graduate Studios, Los Angeles, California
  • Juried Biennial, Cannon Gallery, Carlsbad, CA
  • Ogdoad, La Luz de Jesus, Los Angeles, California
  • Solo Exhibition, Nothing Lasts but Nearly Everything Lingers, The Hill Street Country Club, Oceanside, California
  • Sculpture at the Garden, San Diego Botanic Garden, Encinitas, California
  • Campus Creatives, California Center for the Arts, Escondido, California
Teaching/Related Experience
  • Spring 2021 - Teaching Assistant, Arts Education (online), Christina Korn, UCLA
  • Winter 2021 - Teaching Assistant, Beginning Ceramics (online), Laub, UCLA
  • Fall 2020 - Teaching Assistant, Advanced Ceramics (online), Candice Lin, UCLA
  • Spring 2020 - Teaching Assistant, Advanced Ceramics (online), Tia Pulitzer, UCLA
  • Fall 2020 - Teaching Assistant, Strategies and Methods for Visual Arts Teaching Artistry, Charla Elizabeth, UCLA
  • Spring 2019 - Teaching Assistant, Beginning Ceramics, Brad Miller, UCLA
  • Winter 2019 - Teaching Assistant, Modernism, Sami Siegelbaum, UCLA
  • Fall 2018 - Teaching Assistant, Advanced Ceramics, Ben Jackel, UCLA
  • 2014 - Studio Assistant for Hiroshi Ikehata, Mira Costa Community College
  • 2012-2018 - Instructional Assistant/Ceramics Lab Technician, Mira Costa Community College
  • 2012-2018 - Instructional Assistant, Land Arts of the American West, Mira Costa Community College
  • 2012 - Teaching Assistant, Nancy Frazier, Humboldt State University
  • 2011-2012 - Ceramics Lab Technician, Humboldt State University
Teaching/Related Experience
  • Visiting Artist Lectures/Presentations
  • UCLA, Arts Education (online), Los Angeles, CA, April 14, 2021
  • UCLA, Beginning Ceramics (online), Los Angeles, CA, February 20, 2021
  • UCLA, Advanced Ceramics, Los Angeles, CA, May 5, 2020
  • UCLA, Beginning Ceramics, Los Angeles, CA, February 5, 2019
  • Mira Costa College, Professional Practices, Oceanside, CA, April 30, 2018
  • Hillstreet Country Club, Oceanside, CA, July 30, 2018
  • Mira Costa College, Ceramics, Oceanside, CA, April 23, 2018
  • Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA, March 11, 2017
  • Kruglak Gallery, Oceanside, CA, October 27, 2016
  • 2020
  • Commission for permanent collection, City of San Diego
  • Department of Art Award (UCLA)
  • Clifton Webb Scholarship for the Arts
  • Adrian Saxe Ceramics Scholarship
  • 2019
  • Graduate Division Award
  • UCLA Art Council Award
  • Mrs. Sydney A. Temple Art Scholarship Laura F. Andreson
  • Scholarship
  • 2018
  • Martha Matthias Denny Scholarship Laura F. Andreson Scholarship
  • Weiser Family Foundation Scholarship D’Arcy Hayman Scholarship
  • 2016
  • Commission, San Diego Art Institute
  • 2013-2015
  • Various Research and Travel Grants, Mira Costa Community College

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