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


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


2017      ARC 13th Annual Int’l Competition, Finalist Still Life – “We the Peop…are getting screwed”
2017      OPA Eastern Regional, Finalist – “We the Peop…are getting screwed”
2017      U. S. Coast Guard, Public Service Commendation
2017      Salmagundi Club New Member Show, 1st place – “Karen and Ernie’s Eggs”
2016      Oil Painters of America Salon, Silver medal – “Escorts to Eternity”
2016      Portrait Society of America Members Only, Still Life Finalist – “We the Peop…are getting screwed
2016      Five Wings Arts Council, Individual Artist
2013      Five Wings Arts Council, Master Artist 2013-2015
2011      Susan K. Black Foundation: Art of the Flower, Finalist – “Belles of the Ball”
2003     Florence Biennale, Career Achievement Award
2001     Hudson Valley Art Association, Inc. Thora M. Gensen Portrait Award
1992      Kenan Visiting Artist, Meredith College, Raleigh, NC
1990     Central Minnesota Arts Council, St. Cloud, MN
1975      Greenshields Foundation: Montreal, Canada

Group Exhibitions

2018     Spring Floral Art Exhibition, Studio Pintura, Minneapolis, MN
2017     Minnesota Portrait Showcase, Zeller Studio Gallery, Hopkins, MN
              OPA Eastern Regional, Anderson Fine Art Gallery, 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
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
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
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    Florence Biennale, Florence, Italy
              Tower Club, Charlotte, NC
2001    Annual Exhibition, Hudson Valley Arts Association., NY
2000   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

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
1992     Benedicta Arts Center, St. Joseph, MN
              La Marie, LeBourget, France
              McManus Gallery, Raleigh, NC

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
1997/ 2006     Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, NC
1989 – 1992     Meredith College, Raleigh, NC
1990                  Meredith College, Associate Professor, Paris Program


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


“Churches’ frescoes added to Appalachian Mural Trail”, The News Herald, (16 March, 2018)
“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”, 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,. The Marine Corps dedication will be in May 2018  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.