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· Charles Gilbert Kapsner ·
· Il Pittore ·
818 5th Avenue Southeast, Little Falls, MN 56345   320/632/5535



The Universita Internazionale dell’ Arte (1973-74), Florence, Italy
Studio Signorina Nerina Simi, (1974-1979), Florence, Italy
Fresco Apprentice, Benjamin Long IV, (1975 -80) Italy and United States

Languages: Fluent in Italian


2007/08/09 – Visiting Artist, McColl Center for Visual Art, Charlotte, NC
2006 – McColl Center for Visual Art, Charlotte, NC
1989-92 – Meredith College, Raleigh, NC
1987-88 – St. Francis Music Center, Little Falls, MN, NEA Grant

Teaching/Guest Lecturer

1984 – 2016 – Private Instructor/Lecturer/Artist Mentor

2006/1997 – Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, NC
2006 – Queen’s College, Charlotte, NC
2005 – Saint John’s University, Collegeville, MN
1989-92 – Meredith College, Raleigh, NC
1990 – Meredith College, Associate Professor, Paris Program
1989 – Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, NC
1984 – 2008 – Instructor/Lecturer in Minnesota and North Carolina

Select Awards and Memberships

Non-resident Artist Member, Salmagundi Club, New York, NY
Master Artist, Five Wings Arts Council
Florence Biennale, Career Achievement Award
Hudson Valley Art Association, Inc. Thora M. Gensen Portrait Award
Coast Guard Art Program (COGAP)
Portrait Society of America
Oil Painters of America
Greenshields Foundation: Montreal, Canada

Selected Public Collections: United States and Europe

Abbey of Monte Cassino, Cassino, Italy
American Ambassador’s Residence, Paris, France
Appeals Court of North Carolina, Raleigh, NC
Franco-American Museum Blérancourt, Paris, France
Fremantle Foundation: Promoting Foreign Artists in Tuscany, Fiesole, Italy
Hill Museum and Manuscript Library, St. John’s Abbey, Collegeville
Hotel De Ville (Paris City Hall), Paris, France
Charles A. Lindbergh Interpretive Center/House, Little Falls, MN
The Marie, LeBourget, France
Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery Committal Hall, Little Falls, MN
Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul, MN
Minnesota State Capitol Building, St. Paul, MN
St. Louis County Historical Society, Duluth, MN
Supreme Court Building, Raleigh, NC
Charles A. Weyerhaeuser Museum, Little Falls, MN

Private Collections are held in North America and Europe

Solo Exhibitions

2016 – 2008 – Annual Salon, Great River Arts, Little Falls, MN
2011 –  Marshall Area Fine Arts Council, Marshall, MN
2010 – Stearns County History Center, St. Cloud, MN
2005 – Michael Zschoche Gallery, Newport Beach, CA
St. John’s University, Collegeville, MN
2004 – Great River Arts, Little Falls, MN
2003 – Fine Arts League, Asheville, NC
Cultural Arts Center, Wilkesboro, NC
2002 – McManus Gallery, Raleigh, NC
2001 – Queens Gallery, Charlotte, NC
1993 – Coffey & Thompson Gallery, Charlotte
1991 – The Benedicta Arts Center, St. Joseph, MN
Le Marie, Le Bourget, France

Group Exhibitions

2014  – Nerina Simi e I suoi   allievi, Stazzema, Italy
2014  – McManus Gallery, Raleigh, NC
2014 –  R.W. Norton Art Gallery, Shreveport, LA
2011 –  Seven-gallery exhibition for “Art of the Flower”:
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Art Inst., Tuscon, AZ
ARTCENTER Manatee, Bradenton, FL
Garfield Park Conservatory, Chicago, IL
Greenacres Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH
Naples Museum of Art, Naples, FL
Museum of the Gulf Coast, Port Arthur, TX
R.W. Norton Art Gallery, Shreveport, LA
2010 – Q Gallery, Brainerd, MN
2006 – McColl Center, Charlotte, NC
2004 – Hickory Museum 60th Ann., Hickory, NC
Heahn Museum, SCB Monastery, St. Joseph, MN
2003 – Florence Biennale, Florence, Italy
Tower Club, Charlotte, NC
2001 – Hudson Valley Arts Association, Hastings on the Hudson, NY
2000 – One-2-One Gallery, Toronto, Canada
Plains Art Museum, Fargo, ND
1998 – Hamilton Gallery, Montreat, NC
Queens Gallery, Charlotte, NC
1994, 92 – McManus Gallery, Raleigh, NC
Gaston-McKenna Gallery, Charlotte, NC
1990 – Pinehurst Gallery, Pinehurst, NC
Salon of Painters 1990, LeBourget, France

Public Art Projects: Paintings and Frescoes:

2009Veterans Educational Historic Art Project, MN State Veterans Cemetery Committal Hall, Little Falls, MN: Five 8 X 10 oil paintings depicting each branch of the U.S. military: Army: installed 2011; Navy installed May, 2014; Coast Guard installed 2016. Remainder dependent on private fundraising.


Principal Artist
1996-01 – Little Falls Fresco Project Beginnings, Lindbergh Elementary School, Little Falls, MN
1995 – Dubow Collection, Serenity, Private Collection, St. Cloud, MN
1993-94 – Little Falls Fresco Project The Stewardship, Lindbergh Elementary School, Little Falls, MN
1994Christ the Almighty, St. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Braham, MN
1981Four Evangelists Diptych, St. Pious X Catholic Church, Zimmerman, MN
1980Moses Descending Mt. Sinai, Glendale Springs, NC
1974Christ’s First Falling from the Cross, Church of St. Michael the Archangel, Buriano, Italy

Principal Associate Artist:
2004 – Ben Long’s The Muses, CoMMA Performing Arts Center, Morganton, NC
2001 – Ben Long’s Good Samaritan, First Presbyterian, Charlotte, NC
1998 – Ben Long’s Return of the Prodigal Son, Montreat College, Montreat, NC
1997-98 – Ben Long’s Continuum, Bank of America Building, Charlotte, NC
1990-92 – Ben Long’s Nation’s Bank Triptych, Charlotte, NC
1988-89 – Ben Long’s St. Peter’s Catholic Church Triptych, Charlotte, NC
1980 – Blue Ridge Fresco Project, Glendale Springs, NC
1978-80 – Abbey of Monte Cassino, Chapel of St. John the Baptist, Italy
1974 – Capucin Monastery of Montecatini Termine, St. Anthony of Padua, Italy

Private Collection Fresco:
1995 Serenity, St. Cloud, MN

Publications, Interviews and Documentaries

“Community Spotlight: Charles Kapsner Unveils Latest Project”, Lakeland Public TV  (8 Feb., 2016)
“Minn. painter’s mission is to honor U.S. military history”, Mn. Public Radio, J. Enger (5 Feb., 2016)  picked up by the Associated Press
“Central MN artist’s homage to Coast Guard added to Veteran’s Cemetery”, Mn Public Radio, W. Wilcoxen, (5 Feb, 2016)
“Remembering Nerina Simi”, Fine Art Connoisseur”, Charles Gilbert Kapsner (July/August 2015)
“Art worth the drive: 20 great museum artifacts in outstate Minnesota”, Star Tribune, C. DeSmith (5 May, 2015)
“Art Journey: Portraits and Figures: North Light Books, R. Ruben Wulf (2 December, 2014)
“Kapsner exhibit focuses on elements of ballet”, St. Cloud Times, S. Colburn (15 October 2014)
“Gallery event combines music, ballet and paintings”, Brainerd Dispatch, (9 October, 2014)
“Little Falls artist painting 5 works for Veterans Cemetery”, St. Cloud Times, Staff Report, (10 April, 2014)
“Kapsner, master artist of the year, to be recognized”, Brainerd Dispatch, R. Richardson (28 March, 2014)
“Little Falls artist’s painting for veterans cemetery unites unlikely pair,” Star Tribune, Meryhew R. (2 March, 2013)
“On the Road: Those Who Serve” On the Road with Jason Davis, (December 2012)
“Interview with Charles Kapsner,” Armed Forces Radio (July 2012)
“Common Ground, Episodes 327-328,” Lakeland Public Television (12 and 19 April 2012)
“Artist Letters, Notes and Sketches,Katlan, A. W. (2012)
“Painting Tribute: Work to Honor Veterans,” Brainerd Dispatch, Richardson, R. (18 Nov. 2011)
“Remembrance Key to Memorial,” Saint Cloud Times, Katzner, B. (30 May 2011)
“Veterans Memorial,” Minnesota Moments, Nistler, M. (Summer 2011)
“Blossom II Art of Flowers” (February 2011)
“Art Lives on Forever,” Brainerd Dispatch, Richardson, R. (18 February 2011)
“Kapsner Project: Salute to Veterans,” Minnesota Moments, Nistler, M. (May/June 2011)
“A Lesson Through Art,” MN House of Representatives: Session Weekly, Ostberg, P. (23 April 2010)
“Making Art in the Kitchen,” Brainerd Dispatch, Richardson, R. (22 August 2009)
“Feature,” Charlotte Taste (2008, 2006, 2001)
“Charles Kapsner,” American Art Collector (December 2005)
“Charles Kapsner,” Minnesota Moments, Nistler, M. (May/June 2005)
Biennale Internatzionale Dell’Arte Contemporanea, (2003)
“Charles Kapsner Mural,” TPT NewsNight Minnesota with Jim Neumann (28 March 2001)
“Portrait: Telling Tales,” Minnesota Monthly, Greve, K. (February 2001)
“Charles Kapsner,” On the Road with Jason Davis (1999)
“Charles Kapsner,” Lake Country Journal, Waller, S. (Jan./Feb. 1999)
“Fab Four Fresco Artists,” Charlotte’s Best (March 1998)
“Studies in Tradition,” Creative Loafing (1998)
“Florentine Classsic” Classical Realism Journal, Kapsner, C. (Fall 1994)

Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery Commission: In 2009, Kapsner was commissioned to paint five 8 X 10 foot oil paintings, each depicting a branch of the United States Military. The Army painting was installed in 2011,  the Navy painting installed in 2014, the Coast Guard in February 2016 at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery Committal Hall in Little Falls, MN.  Kapsner spends considerable time presenting lectures and traveling related to this unique commission.


1. Small Head 8″ X 10″ or 9″ X 12″ $5,000
2. Small Head 11″ X 14″ $6,000
3. Small Head 12″ X 16″ $7,500
4. Small Head & Shoulders 14″ X 18″ $10,000
5. Head, Shoulders & Hands or Life Size Head & Shoulders 16″ X 20″ $12,500
6. Same as #5 or Child with Hands, etc. 20″ X 24″ $15,000
7. Same as #6 or ¾ size Child 22″ X 28″ $16,500
8. Head, Shoulders, Hands Full Sitting Child 24″ X 30″ $18,000
9. 2/3 Torso–Standing Child 24″ X 36″ $20,000
10. 2/3 Body–Full Child 32″ X 42″ $20,000 – 27,500
11. 3/4 Figure 36″ X 60″ $25,000 – 35,000
12. Full Figure 48″ X 72″ $35,000 – 50,000

Please note:

  • There can be variations in prices depending upon the complexity of backgrounds, additional props and/or multiple subjects in a portrait. Prices are subject to change. This price list is for oil portraits only; a separate price list is available for drawings.
  • Framing is the responsibility of the client, all other materials are provided by the Artist Charles Gilbert Kapsner.
  • Shipping and handling charges and/or delivery of completed artwork and any travel-related expenses related to completion of the artwork are the responsibility of the client.