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T. A. Charron

Theodore Arthur Charron

(born 1950)
 American Contemporary


Artist and curator, T. A. Charron is a native New Englander who's great grandparents, on both sides, migrated from Canada to the United States before 1900.  Charron was born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island and was brought up by his parents, on his grandparents farm, in South Attleboro, Massachusetts.

Charron studied with painters Norman Baer and Walter Marks at the Art Institute of Boston and graduated in 1972.  He did additional studies in sculpture at Providence College and stone lithography at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.  He has studied with some=2 0of North America's prominent artists; portrait painter Daniel E. Greene, Canadian wildlife artist Robert Bateman, painter Richard Schmid and Boston School eminent senior member Robert Douglas Hunter.

For over 30 years, Charron has studied dancers in dance studios. This has helped him develop memory drawing and a strong understanding of the human form.  Also, his experience of working from life, in both indoor and outdoor settings, has helped him to master these environments.  Nationally, he has received over 90 awards for excellence in both painting and drawing.  His work has been shown with many of today's prominent America painters.  Charron has been elected into many important American art societies and organizations including the Salmagundi Club in NYC, the Copley Society of Boston, Lyme Art Association in Connecticut, North Shore and Rockport Art Associations in Massachusetts.

His artwork is in the permanent collections of museums and many other public and private collections worldwide and his commissioned painting of Dr. Martin Luther King and other prominent portraits have been unveiled to thousands of people.  His paintings have been published in four historical books. Charron's art has been featured nationally on PBS and on regional and local cable programs.

As curator, Charron put together "New England Impressions, Painting from Life", for the Attleboro Arts Museum and was asked by the Harvard Club of Boston to curate the exhibition, "New England Painters of Today".  Presently, Charron is curating an exhibition for the Cape Cod Museum of Art on the deceased artists of old Plymouth Colony area for the fall of 2011.  He was also the advisor for the exhibition," Hounds of Heaven", a series of paintings by, R. H. Ives Gammell held at the Attleboro Arts Museum. The exhibition took a two and half year international tour.

Charron served three years as president of the Board of Trustees, of the Attleboro Arts Museum, in Massachusetts.  In those three years, he was the architect and force behind implementing a major change of the museum's function, from serving a small art enthusiast membership, to focus on art education and interaction with the community.  He was also involved with the  museum moving to a larger facility.  Today, the Attleboro Arts Museum has been designated the best art museum of Bristol County, in southeastern Massachusetts.

Besides being the president of the Attleboro Arts Museum, Charron has severed as vice president of the Rockport Art Association and presently he is recording secretary for the National Society of Painters in Casein and Acrylic and is on the Acquisition and Exhibition Committee, at the Cape Cod Museum of Art.  Charron is one of the two founders of the New England Plein Air Painters (NEPAP) formed in 2005.  Charron has also served on the Attleboro Land Trust board.

T. A. Charron has conducted workshop classes and painting and drawing demonstrations for over 30 years, teaching hundreds of students both on location and in the studio.

Charron paints in his north light studio in southeastern, Massachusetts and on location throughout the eastern parts of the United States.


Education: *Sampling of Education

  • 1992, Present,  Paintings periodically reviewed by the eminent Boston School senior member, Robert Douglas Hunter
  • 1994,  Studied with portrait painter Daniel E. Greene
  • 1988,  Studied stone and metal lithography at Boston Museum School, under John Brennan
  • 1987,  Studied with world renown Canadian wildlife artist Robert  Bateman
  • 1969-1972,  The Art Institute of Boston; studied under Norman Baer and Walter Marks


Honors or Offices:

  • 2009, appointed by the Attleboro City Council, to the Arts Lottery Commission
  • 2008, appointed to the Acquisition and Program Committee at the Cape Cod Museum of Art
  • 2005 - 2007, Vice-President of Rockport Art Association, Rockport, Massachusetts
  • 2005,  A founder of New England Plein Air Painters
  • 2001 - 2007, Board of Governors; Rockport Art Association, Rockport, Massachusetts
  • 1994 - Present, Recording Secretary; National Society of Painters in Casein and Acrylic, New York City
  • 1987-1990, President of the Board of Trustees; Attleboro Arts Museum, Attleboro, Massachusetts
  • 1984 - 1996, Trustee; Attleboro Arts Museum


Present and Former Affiliations:

  • 2007,  Elected Member, Lyme Art Association, CT
  • 2004,  Elected Member, Allied Artists of American
  • 2004,  Elected Member, North Shore Art Association

2004,  Elected Member, Hudson Valley Art Association
  • 2000,  Elected Member, Rockport Art Association
  • 1997,  Elected Member, Salmagundi Club, NYC 

1996,  Elected Member, Academic Artists Association
  • 1994,  Elected Member, National Society of Painters in Casein and Acrylic, NYC
  • 1990,  Elected Member, Copley Society of Boston

Publications / Articles:

  • 2007, Book;  Island Light, Monhegan Island
  • 2008, 2006, Books;  Visions in Granite I & II, 200 Years of Painting in the White Mountains; Blue Tree Publishers 

2006, Book;  Isles of Shoals, Island Light Series; Blue Tree Publishers
  • 2005, Magazine; Plein Air Magazine photo with painters Michael Graves and Robert Duffy
  • Many newspaper photos, articles and stories


National and Local Broadcast & AP Photos:

  • 2008,  Short Documentary, "T. A. Charron, an American Contemporary Artist"
  • 2008,  MLK and Malcolm X, Interview with Ted Charron and Rodnell Collins
  • 2005,  A Long the Way, Interview with T. A Charron and Art
  • 2003,  PBS Show, School Talk; guest discussion on the Hall of Black Achievement portraits
  • 2006 June,  AP Photo;  Boston, Massachusetts, Painting the Swan Boats in the Boston Public Gardens
  • 2004  May,  AP Photo;  Boston, Massachusetts, Posing with former Boston Mayor, Kevin White, Public Gardens
  • 2000,  AP Photo;  Stockbridge, Vermont,  Photo with artist Michael Graves painting on a cold winter's day
  • Collections: *Sampling of Collections
  • 2007,  Malcolm X / Ella Little-Collins Foundation
  • 2009-1998, Seventeen commission portraits for The Hall of Black Achievement; Bridgewater State College, Bridgewater, Massachusetts.  In 2004, Portrait of Dr.Martin Luther King approved by the King Center in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1999,  MBNA, Corporate Collection
  • 1997,  Cape Cod Museum of Fine Art, Dennis, MA
  • 1996,  Attleboro Art Museum, Attleboro Art Museum 1996,  CVS Pharmacy - Corporate Holiday Card 1996,  Texas Instruments - Corporate Collection Included in many public and private collections in the Americas and abroad


As Curator / Advisor:

  • 1999, Curator; New Painters of Today; Harvard Club of Boston
  • 1998, Curator; New England Impressions, Painting from Life; Attleboro Arts Museum, Attleboro, MA
  • 1996, Advisor; The Hounds of Heaven, R. H. Ives Gammell; Attleboro Arts Museum, Attleboro MA
  • 2001, Curator, Deceased Southeastern Massachusetts Artists; Cape Cod Museum of Art,  Dennis, MA
  • International, National and Museum Shows: *Sampling of Shows INTERNATIONAL
  • 2007, 1994,  Mystic International; Mystic, Connecticut
  • 1994,  Salon International; Jackson, Mississippi
  • 1992,  North American Marine Arts Society, Vancouver Maritime Museum; Vancouver, B.C., Canada



  • 2007,  New England Plein Air Painters; Stobart Foundation, Salem, Massachusetts
  • 2006,  New England Plein Air Painters, Lyme Art Association, Old Lyme, Connecticut
  • 2005,  New England Plein Air Painters;  Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum Gardens, Bristol, RI
  • 2008, 2007, 2005 - 1997, 1995, 1993 and 1991,  Academic Artists, National Exhibitions; Springfield, MA
  • 2004, 1993 - 1990,  Allied Artists of America, National Exhibition, National Art Club; New York City
  • 2005, 2003, 2000,  Hudson Valley Art Association, National Exhibition; Salmagundi Club, New York City
  • 2008-2005,  LAA, Old Lyme, Connecticut
  • 2003, 1998, 1997, 1995, 1992 - 1990,  National Society of Painters in Casein and Acrylic, National Exhibitions, National Art Club; New York City
  • 1999,1997, 1993 - 1990,  The Copley Society of Boston, Members Exhibitions; Boston, Massachusetts
  • 2008 - 2000,  Rockport Art Association, Members Exhibitions, Rockport, Massachusetts
  • 2008- 2005,  North Shore Art Association, Members Exhibition, Gloucester, Massachusetts
  • 1998,  The Salmagundi Club, Annual Graphics & Sculpture Members Exhibition; New York City
  • 1996, 1993 and 1991,  The Salmagundi Club, National Nonmember Exhibitions; New York City
  • 1995 and 1992,  Audubon Artists, National Exhibition, National Art Club; New York City
  • 1995,  The Copley Society of Boston, Curator's Invitational Exhibition;  Boston, Massachusetts 1995,  The Art Institute of Boston, Invitational Alumni Exhibition; Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1995,  Poudre Valley Art League, National Exhibition; Fort Collins, Colorado
  • 1995, 1993 - 1990,  Allied Artists of America, National Exhibitions, National Art Club; New York City
  • 1995 and 1992,  Audubon Artists, National Exhibitions, National Art Club; NY
  • 1994,  Massachusetts Audubon Society, Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary; Sharon, MA - One Man Show
  • 1991,  The American Artists Professional League, Grand National Exhibition, Salmagundi Club; NYC
  • 1989,  Rhode Island Watercolor Society, Pawtucket, Rhode Island - Three Person Show
  • 1985,  Rhode Island Watercolor Society, Pawtucket, Rhode Island - Three Person Show
  • 1985,  Gallery East, Boston, Massachusetts - Group Show
  • 1984,  The Boston Symphony Hall Show, Boston, Massachusetts  - Group Show Several one, two, three man and group gallery shows.



  • 2008, The National Center of Afro-American Artists Museum, in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 2004, 2003, 2000, 1996 - 1993, Attleboro Arts Museum; Group Shows, Attleboro, Massachusetts
  • 2002,  Herreshoff Marine Museum / America's Cup Hall of Fame; Bristol, Rhode Island
  • 2000,  Old Colony Now, an invitation exhibition at the Attleboro Arts Museum
  • 1996 and 1994,  Art Complex Museum; Duxbury, MA
  • 1996, 1995, 1994 and 1993,  Fuller Museum of Art; Brockton, Massachusetts
  • 1996,  Newport Art Museum; Newport, Rhode Island
  • 1995,  Realism '95, Parkersburg Art Center, Parkersburg, West Virginia
  • 1992,  Springfield Art League, National Exhibition, Museum of Fine Arts; Springfield, Massachusetts
  • 1992,  American Drawing Biennial, National Exhibition, Muscarelle Museum of Art; Williamsburg, Virginia
  • 1989,  Attleboro Museum; Attleboro, Massachusetts - One Man Show
  • 1986,  Attleboro Arts Museum, Attleboro, Massachusetts - Two Man Show
  • 1983,  Attleboro Arts Museum, 'The Graduates' Attleboro, Massachusetts - Group Show


Awards *Sampling of Awards and Prizes Received

  • 2008, 2007, 2000, 1995 and 1993,  Academic Artists, Nationals;1th Place, N. E. Heritage, Honorable Mention and Watson - Guptill Publisher Awards
  • 2004, 2004 - 2002, 2000, 2000, 1995, 1993, 1989, 1985-1982, 1980 and 1969,  Attleboro Art Museum; Honorable Mention, 2nd Place Award, 2 Best in Shows, Honorable Mention, Best in Show & 1st Place in Painting, Gregory Dorrance Award, 2nd Place, Best of Show, 1st Place , Honorable Mention, Attleboro Bank Award, 1st Place , 1st Place and Honorable Mention Certificate for Outstanding Achievement in Art Awards
  • 2005, 1998, 1996 and 1991,  The Salmagundi Club, National Exhibitions;  William Alfred White Memorial, William D.  Zahn (First Place Award), New York Central Art Supply Company and Eileen L. McCathy Awards
  • 2008, 2008, 2008, 2006, 2004, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, Rockport Art Association; RAA Awards
  • 1998, 1996, 1994, 1993, 1988, 1987 and 1986,  Fuller Museum of Art; Honorable Mention, Third Place, Second Place, Second Place, First Place, Honorable Mention and First Place Awards
  • 1995, 1988-1983,  Rhode Island Watercolor Society; Rhode Watercolor Society Award, George H. Grant Award, Janet Archibald Award, Clinton and Eleanor Knight Award and other Rhode Island Watercolor Society Awards
  • 1994,  Salon International; Honorable Mention
  • 1993, 1992 and 1991,  On My Own Time; First Place Award, Special Recognition/People's Choice Award and Best of Show Awards, Boston, Massachusetts 

1992,  Springfield Art League; City Frame Shoppe & Gallery Award, Springfield, Massachusetts
  • 1991,  The Artist's Magazine, 1991 National Art Competition; Honors - Top 200 Finalist, (One o f the 50 Best Portraits)
  • 1993, 1991 and 1990,  Cape Cod Art Association; Honorable Mention, CCAA First Place Award and CCAA First Place Award
  • 1991 and 1990,  The Copley Society of Boston; First place, Third Place Awards
  • 1991,  The Providence Art Club; Providence Art Club Award, Providence, Rhode Island
  • 1991,  The New Rochelle Art Association; Honorable Mention, New Rochelle, NY
  • 2006, 2004, 1990,  Allied Artists of America, National Exhibition, New York City
  • 1990 and 1988,  North River Arts Society; Best of Show and Honorable Mention Awards, Marshfield Hills, MA
  • 1984 and 1983,  Newport Art Museum; Second Place and Third Place, Newport, Rhode Island 1982,  Duxbury Art Association; Third Place Teaching 


Workshops and Classes:

  • 2006 - 2005, Lyme Art Association, Plein Air Painting
  • 1987- Present, free mentoring to talented youths and adults in painting and drawing
  • 1987 -1994, Figure Drawing, Attleboro Arts Museum 1983-1986, Basic Drawing, Attleboro  Museum