The Art of Charles McGavren

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Charles McGavren (b. 1949, Omaha, Nebraska) had early artistic inclinations encouraged by a civil engineer grandfather; an amateur portrait artist mother; and a cartographer father. After earning a journalism degree in 1971, he sold advertising for newspapers in Iowa and Nebraska. In 1989 he earned a business degree while managing projects for a regional newspaper, the Omaha World-Herald. Later pursuits in graphic design and proposal writing let him retire in 2017 to pursue a BFA and art career. He gained recognition for his work in the 2021 Nebraska Artist’s Biennial and the 2022 Concurrence fine print literary portfolio. His academic work concludes in 2023 with research presentations at the Student Research and Creative Activity Fair and the Association of Academic Museums and Galleries, the UNO Art Club spring exhibition Salon de Printemps, the annual Juried Student Art Show, and a thesis exhibition of figurative paintings.

Curriculum Vitae

Juried Group Art Venues

2023, University of Nebraska at Omaha Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition and University of Nebraska at Omaha Art Club Salon de Printemps juried spring salon

2022 Concurrence fine print literary portfolio cover

2021, Nebraska Artists Biennial, held at Gallery 1516, Omaha; and Selections from the Nebraska Artists Biennial held at Museum of Nebraska Art, Kearney

Academic Experience

2023 Bachelor of Fine Art, University of Nebraska at Omaha

1989 Executive Master of Business Administration, University of Nebraska at Omaha

1971 Bachelor of Science, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa

Professional Experience

2018-present, drawing and painting for commission

1993-present, graphic artist and principal at Charles McGavren Communications

2005-2017, proposal manager for West Corporation and West Interactive Services Corporation

2003-2005, trainer and quality assurance specialist at West Corporation.

1999-2002, technical writer for Data Documents, Omaha, Nebraska

1983-1993, advertising account executive, the Omaha World-Herald, Omaha, Nebraska

1981-1983, general manager, the Opinion-Tribune, Glenwood, Iowa

1980-1981, advertising manager, the Herald-Index, Eldora, Iowa

1975-1980, advertising manager, the Bulletin-Journal and Conservative, Independence, Iowa

1974-1975, advertising account executive, the Sun Newspapers, Omaha, Nebraska

1972-1974, advertising account executive, the Daily Ledger, Fairfield, Iowa

1968, 1969, press room assistant, Meredith Printing, Des Moines, Iowa

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