Charles Pebworth

Charles Pebworth

Charles Pebworth (1926-2019)

Charles Pebworth was born in 1926, a member of the Choctaw tribe in Oklahoma. He grew up in Pawhuska, Oklahoma, where his father was employed at the Osage Indian Agency. He received a BA degree from the University of Houston and a Master's degree in sculpture from Louisiana State University. He continued his studies independently in Carrera, Italy.

In 1957, Pebworth joined the faculty at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas as an instructor in basic design. He soon began teaching painting and, before long, developed and taught a course in ceramics and eventually sculpture. He stayed there 36 years, retiring in 1993, having developed one of the strongest sculpture departments in the state.

Pebworth has shown at the Moody Gallery in Houston, Circle Gallery in New Orleans, the Witte Museum in San Antonio, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Jocelyn Art Museum, Omaha and numerous others. In 1987, the Art League of Houston named him Texas Artist of the Year, only the fifth to be so honored. His artist's statement says that his art expresses his feelings about his "Indian heritage past and hi-technology present" and that he feels it "gives off an aura of mysticism" that he hopes the viewer can share in.

Pebworth has distinguished himself as both a painter and a sculptor.



1971-72 Independent Study, Carrara, Italy

1955-57 Louisiana State University, M.A., sculpture

1954-55 University of Houston, B.F.A., painting

1952-53 University of Oklahoma

1948-50 Baylor University, Waco, Texas

1946 Art Center, Los Angeles, California

1946 Colorado State University


1966-68 Museum of Fine Arts, Guest Professor, Houston, Texas

1963 Corpus Christi Fine Arts Colony, Del Mar College, Guest Professor of Sculpture, Corpus Christi, Texas

1957-1991 Sam Houston State University, Professor of Art, Huntsville, Texas

1958-61 Mexican Field School, Professor of Art, Puebla, Mexico

Selected Solo Exhibitions:

2003 Beeville Art Museum, Beeville, Texas

1989 Recent Sculpture, Art Museum of Southeast Texas, Beaumont, Texas

1988 Totems, Moody Gallery, Houston, Texas

1987 Recent Work, Moss/Chumley Gallery, Dallas, Texas

1986 Shrine Series, Moody Gallery, Houston, Texas

1983 Watercolors, Moody Gallery, Houston, Texas; Recent Sculpture, Moody Gallery

1981 Pebworth's People, S. Rudy Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico; Recent Sculpture,   Moody Gallery, Houston, Texas

1980 S. Rudy Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico

1979 Reclining Figure Series, Moody Gallery, Houston, Texas

1978 Sketchbook Series, Moody Gallery, Houston, Texas

1976 Boxes, Moody Gallery, Houston, Texas

1975 Arrows, Moody Gallery, Houston, Texas

1974 Ars Longa Gallery, Houston, Texas

1970 Witte Museum, San Antonio, Texas

            Fort Smith Art Center, Fort Smith, Arkansas

            Circle gallery, New Orleans, Louisiana

            DuBose Gallery, Houston, Texas

            Nicholas Memorial Gallery, Longview, Texas

1969Texas A& M University, College Station, Texas

            One Man Perspective, Beaumont Art Museum, Beaumont, Texas

1968 DuBose Gallery, Houston, Texas

1966 DuBose Gallery, Houston, Texas

            Rice University, Houston, Texas

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