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Charity Rae About

This body of work is a collection of stories. Some of the pieces are tales created in my imagination sparked by the image of three boys on an old postcard that I bought at a seaside junk store in Oregon. Others are expressions of my own personal memories and experiences. It is through the sharing of stories and memories that we find a connection with others and a deeper understanding of ourselves and of our place in life and society. Add Comment


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*Artist Statement

My work speaks to the depth of human experience. It reminds us that we are all a collection of stories and a layering of memories. My work refers to the limitations of the physical self -- how we are confined to our bodies and tied to the earth. It speaks of relics and remnants, to the seemingly insignificant objects that we collect and cherish, and to how these reveal our identity and become traces of our existence.


Charity Rae grew up in rural Pennsylvania where the starry sky was immense, the forest deep and alluring, and the nearest neighbor a speck over the hills. These roots instilled in her a value of quiet introspection and simplicity. Her vivid imagination and innate curiosity found a channel in the arts. She attended Edinboro University in Pennsylvania where she majored in photography. Charity now resides in Ithaca, New York where she has exhibited in The 19th Annual Juried Photography Show at State of the Art Gallery and had an exhibition at The Clinton House Artspace. Her work was also displayed in the Collage and Assemblage exhibit at The Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center in Auburn, NY as well as at The Rhino Gallery in New Orleans during the Prospect 1 Biennale in 2008 and the Art in a Box group exhibit in 2009. Charity was a selected artist in MARK, New York Foundation for the Arts__™ professional practice program and a recipient of NYFA__™S Strategic Opportunity Stipend Grant. Other awards include third place in a photography contest by Ilford Photo and an art grant from The Community Arts Partnership in Ithaca. Charity is currently immersed in a new series of photographs about memory and myth.


2009 Art in a Box, group exhibit, The Rhino Gallery, New Orleans, LA

2009 Group Exhibit, Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, Auburn, NY

2008 CSMA Annual Juried Show, group exhibit, Ithaca, NY

2008 Haute Craft, group exhibit, The Rhino Gallery, New Orleans, LA

2008 Exhibit, The Clinton House Gallery, Ithaca, NY

2008 Exhibit, Willow, Ithaca, NY

2008 19th Annual Juried Photography Show, State of the Art Gallery, Ithaca NY

2007 PDN Photoplus Expo, New York City

2007 Recycled Art Show, featured artist, Chicory Hill, Erie PA

2005 Blue Cat Cubed, group exhibit, Urraro Gallery, Erie PA

1999 Exhibit, Pie in the Sky Bistro, Erie PA

1998 Introspect Art Exhibition, Bruce Gallery, Edinboro PA


2009 Community Arts Partnership Stimulus Grant

2008 New York Foundation for the Arts Strategic Opportunity Stipend

2007 Selected artist, NYFA MARK professional practice program

2007 Ilford HP5 Plus Challenge International Juried Photography Contest, Third Place


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