He Stopped and Turned

by Charlie Brouwer

Dimensions: 65"x30"x24"

Medium: Locust Wood

Artist Bio: Charlie Brouwer lives and has a studio in Floyd County, Virginia. Nine acres of open fields and woods, with 20+ outdoor sculptures placed along a 1/2 mile walking trail, surround his house and studio. Charlie calls their place "Out There" because of its remote location at the end of a gravel road, but also because he believes that art can point us towards thoughts, feelings, and meanings beyond our immediate experience.

          He received a BA in English from Grand Valley State University, an MA in Painting and an MFA in Sculpture from Western Michigan University.

          Charlie taught art from 1974 to 2008 – 2 years H.S. in Australia, 11 years H.S. in Michigan, and as a professor of art at Radford University for 21 years. Since 1975, his work has been shown in well over 250 exhibitions throughout the United States, and in Australia, Hungary, and Poland. He now works fulltime creating indoor and outdoor sculptures, and temporary installations.     

          He also works collaboratively with communities on temporary public art sculptural installations turning100’s of ladders loaned by families, schools, churches, businesses and organizations throughout the community into metaphors for the aspirations of the whole community – their hopes and dreams supporting each other – rising together.