Charles Gilbert Kapsner resume (printable pdf)




· Charles Gilbert Kapsner ·
· Il Pittore ·
25507 139th Avenue, Fort Ripley, MN 56449   320/632/5535


      2018      Designated ARC Associate Living Master™ by Art Renewal Ctr
       2017      U. S. Coast Guard, Public Service Commendation 
       2013      Five Wings Arts Council, Master Artist 2013-2015
       2003     Florence Biennale, Career Achievement Award


1973 – 1974      Internazionale dell’Arte, Florence, Italy
1974 – 1979      Studio Signorina Nerina Simi, Florence, Italy
1975 – 1980      Fresco Apprentice, Benjamin Long IV, Italy and United States
                            Languages: Fluent in Italian


2019      ARC 14th Annual International Salon, Finalist
2019      OPA 28th Annual National Exhibition, Finalist
2019      Studio Pintura, Second Annual Floral Show, Honorable Mention
2018      Studio Pintura, First Annual Floral Show, 1st Place and People’s Choice Award
2018      Hudson Valley Art Association, Inc., Al Camurati Memorial Award
2018      National Oil and Acrylic Painters’ Society (NOAPS) Online international, Best Still Life
2017      ARC 13th Annual International Competition, Finalist Still Life
2017      OPA Eastern Regional, Finalist
2017      Salmagundi Club New Member Show, 1st Place
2016      Oil Painters of America Salon, Silver Medal
2016      Portrait Society of America Members Only, Finalist Still Life
2011      Susan K. Black Foundation: Art of the Flower, Finalist
2001     Hudson Valley Art Association, Inc. Thora M. Gensen Portrait Award
1992     Kenan Visiting Artist, Meredith College, Raleigh, NC
1975     The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation: Montreal, Canada


2017      Minnesota Power Foundation, Veterans Historic Art Monument
2016      Five Wings Arts Council, Individual Artist
2014      Benton Telecommunications Foundation, Veterans Historic Art Monument
2000     Central Minnesota Community Foundation
2000     Minnesota Power Company for Little Falls Fresco Project
2000     Five Wings Arts Council, Little Falls Fresco Project
1998      Initiative Foundation, Little Falls Fresco Project
1998      Laura Jane Musser Fund, Little Falls Fresco Project
1996      U.S. West Foundation, Little Falls Fresco Project
1995      U.S. West Foundation, Little Falls Fresco Project
1994      Laura Jane Musser Fund, Little Falls Fresco Project
1993      Five Wings Arts Council, Little Falls Fresco Project
1990     Central Minnesota Arts Council, Little Falls Fresco Project
1987      National Endowment for the Arts

Juried exhibitions 

2018     NOAPS Best of America National Exhibition, Eisele Gallery of Fine Art, Cincinnati, OH
               OPA  Juried Salon, Crooked Tree Arts Center, Traverse City, MI
               Spring Floral Art Exhibition, Studio Pintura, Minneapolis, MN
2017      Minnesota Portrait Showcase, Zeller Studio Gallery, Hopkins, MN
               OPA Juried Salon, Eastern Regional, Anderson Fine Art, St. Simons Island, GA
               Coast Guard Art Collection (COGAP), Salmagundi Club, New York, NY
               New Members Show, Salmagundi Club, New York, NY
               Still Life Show, Salmagundi Club, New York, NY
               Floral Show, Salmagundi Club, New York, NY
               Mostra La Signorina, la Maestra, Stazzema, Italy
2016      OPA Salon, Castle Gallery Fine Art, Fort Wayne, IN
                Spring Exhibition, Emerald Art Center, Springfield, OR
2011       Susan K. Black Foundation Art of the Flower, Seven-gallery travelling exhibition:
               AZ-Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson 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
2003     Florence Biennale, Florence, Italy
2001     Annual Exhibition, Hudson Valley Arts Association., NY

Group exhibitions

2014     Nerina Simi e i suoi allievi, Stazzema, Italy
              Charles Kapsner & Daniel Graves, McManus Gallery, Raleigh, NC
              American Still Lifes, R.W. Norton Gallery, Shreveport, LA
2008    Art Comes Alive, Q Gallery, Brainerd, MN
2006    McColl Center, Charlotte, NC
2005    Michael Zschoche Gallery, Newport Beach, CA
2004    Group Show, Hickory Museum 60th Anniversary, Hickory, NC
2003    Tower Club, Charlotte, NC
2000    Realism, One-2-One Gallery, Toronto, Canada
              Plains Art Museum, Fargo, ND
1998     Hamilton Gallery, Montreat, NC
              Queens Gallery, Charlotte, NC
1994    McManus Gallery, Raleigh, NC
1990    Salon of Painters, LeBourget, France
1982    Paintings and Drawings: Wesley Sod and Charles Kapsner, St. Cloud, MN
1977     2 Man Show: Charles Kapsner & Daniel Graves, Mn Renaissance Festival, Shakopee, MN

solo exhibitions

2017    One Man Show, Gallery St. Germain, St. Cloud, MN
             Collaborations Annual Salon, Great River Arts, Little Falls, MN
2016    Generations II Annual Salon, Great River Arts, Little Falls, MN
2015    Generations Annual Salon, Great River Arts, Little Falls, MN
2014    Ballet Russes Revisited Annual Salon, Great River Arts, Little Falls, MN
2013    Anni di Italia Annual Salon, Great River Arts, Little Falls, MN
2012    Down by the River Annual Salon, Great River Arts, Little Falls, MN
2011    One Man Show, Marshall Area Fine Arts Council, Marshall, MN
2010    Stearns County History Center, St. Cloud, MN
             Remember and Honoring Through Art, Franklin Arts Center, Brainerd, MN
             We All Start Somewhere Annual Salon, Great River Arts, Little Falls, MN
             One Man Show, Haehn Museum, OSB Monastery, St. Joseph, MN
2009   Italy: Paintings from the Last Year Annual Salon, Great River Arts, Little Falls, MN
2008   Localities Annual Salon, Great River Arts, Little Falls, MN
2005   Paintings and Drawings from Life Experiences, Alice R. Rogers Gallery, Collegeville, MN
2004   Flowers from the Year, 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 and Thompson Gallery, Charlotte, NC
1991    Benedicta Arts Center, St. Joseph, MN
             La Marie, LeBourget, France
             City Art Works, New Bern, NC
             Wilson, Inc., Raleigh, NC
             Pinehurst Galleries, Pinehurst, NC
             McManus Gallery, Raleigh, NC
1990   Coffey and Thompson Gallery, Raleigh, NC
1989   Art and Science Center, Statesville, NC
1987   Heritage Center Retrospective Exhibition, St. Cloud, MN
1985   Valley City Community College, Valley City, NC
1983   Fifth Avenue Gallery, St. Cloud, MN
1980   Café Jasper, Chicago, IL
1980   Zapp National Bank, St. Cloud, MN
1979   Morning Star Gallery, Nisswa, MN
            Zapp National Bank, St. Cloud, MN

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
Musée franco-américain du château de Blérancourt, Blérancourt, Paris, France
Fremantle Foundation: Promoting Foreign Artists in Tuscany, Fiesole, Italy
Hotel De Ville (Paris City Hall), Paris, France
Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery Committal Hall, Little Falls, MN
Minnesota Historical Society; Minnesota State Capitol Building, St. Paul, MN
Supreme Court Building, Raleigh, NC
Trinchero Family Estates, St. Helena, CA
United States Coast Guard Art Collection (COGAP)

Private Collections are held in North America and Europe
Public Commissions: Paintings (Principal Artist)

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 (2011); Navy (2014); Coast Guard (2016); Marine Corps (2018); Air Force (2019)

Fresco: Principal Artist: Public

1998 – 2001 Little Falls Fresco Beginnings (18 X 41 ft) Lindbergh Elem., Little Falls, MN
1993 – 1994 Little Falls Fresco The Stewardship (9 X 26 ft), Lindbergh Elem., Little Falls, MN

Fresco: Principal Artist: Private

1995     Serenity (4 X 6.5 ft), St. Cloud, MN
1994     Christ the Almighty (5 X 7 ft), St. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Braham, MN
1981      Four Evangelists Diptych (5 X 7 ft) St. Pious X Catholic Ch., Zimmerman MN
1980     Moses Descending Mt. Sinai (4 X 5 ft) Glendale Springs, NC
1978     Christ’s First Falling from the Cross (30 X 36 in.), St. Michael Archangel, Buriano, Italy

Collaborative Fresco Projects

1974 – 2004 Associate Artist on nine frescoes in North Carolina and Italy, painted by Ben F. Long IV.

Teaching/Guest Lecturer

1987 – 2018     Private Instructor/Artist Mentor: Minnesota and North Carolina
2006                 Queen’s College, Charlotte, NC
2006/1997      Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, NC
2005                 Saint John’s University, Collegeville, MN
1989 – 1992     Meredith College, Raleigh, NC
1990                  Meredith College, Associate Professor, Paris Program
1989                  Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, NC


2007, ’08, ’09 Visiting Artist, McColl Center for Visual Art, Charlotte, NC
2006                 McColl Center for Visual Art, Charlotte, NC
1989 – 1992     Meredith College, Raleigh, NC
1987 – 1988     St. Francis Music Center, Little Falls, MN, NEA Grant

Publications as Author

“Remembering Nerina Simi”, Fine Art Connoisseur”, Kapsner, C. (July/August 2015)
“Florentine Classsic” Classical Realism Journal, Kapsner, C. (Fall 1994)


“Military art project honors Marine Corps”, Brainerd Dispatch, G. Lagarde (25 May, 2018)
“Painting on display at Duluth Depot pays homage to Marines”, Duluth News Tribune, L. Kaczke (17 May, 2018)
“Marine Corps Painting on Display for Limited Time at Duluth Depot”, WDIO-TV,
(16 May, 2018)
“Sands of Iwo Jima exciting addition to Marines Veterans painting”, Morrison County Record,
J. Wright (26 April, 2018)
“Churches’ frescoes added to Appalachian Mural Trail”, The News Herald, (16 March, 2018) “Master Work”, Initiative Quarterly, L. Billings Coleman (2017 Vol. 25, 3, 46-47)
“Sam to become part of Minnesota history”, Mille Lacs Messenger, V. LaMoore (17 Nov., 2017)
“Minnesota artist uses talents to shed good light on armed forces”, Duluth News Tribune, Z. Kayser (6 August 2017)
“Little Falls Artist Honors Military’s History, and Fallen”, WJON (July 2017)
“St. Cloud lends support to military art project”, St. Cloud Times, T. Drake (28 May, 2017)
“Diverse Talents”, American Art Collector, (May, 2017)
“Artist Focus”, American Art Collector, (March, 2017)
“Community Spotlight: Charles Kapsner Unveils Latest Project”, Lakeland Public TV
(8 Feb., 2016)
“Minn. painter’s mission is to honor U.S. military history”, MPR, J. Enger (5 Feb., 2016) (AP)
“Rare Military Artwork Stops at Depot”, Fox21-TV, (21 Jan., 2016)
“Kapsner, allievi di Nerina Simi dona un quadro al Comune”, La Nazione, Stazzema Italy
(Dec 2015)
“Memorial Day marks progress for Little Falls artist”, St. Cloud Times, F. Rajkowski
(24 May, 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)
“Common Ground, Episodes 327-328,” Lakeland Public Television (12 and 19 April 2012)
“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)

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 in 2014, the Coast Guard in February 2016, the Marine Corps in May 2018, with the Air Force painting underway for installation in 2019. 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.