Artist and curator, T. A. Charron is a native New Englander whose 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 of 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". 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 and on other committees 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. He 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.
South Street Gallery opened an exhibit featuring Charron's works on June 10, 2005. View images 'here'.
T.A. was part of our 10th anniversary show in February 2012. View images 'here'.
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