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