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Born in Maryland, 1894, Charles Garner studied at the Maryland Institute, College of Art, in Baltimore. In 1913 he was awarded a scholarship to the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, in Philadelphia. He received the William Emlen Cresson Travelling Scholarship for study in Europe. Fellow classmates at the academy included Clarence Johnson, Richard G. Wedderspoon, and Stanley L. Reckless. In Paris he attended the Academie Julian for two years and exhibited at the Socitete des Beaux - Arts. Returning to the Philadelphia area, Garner shared a home with Wedderspoon and Lloyd Ney. In 1926, he established a second home in New Hope, Bucks County. Garner taught outdoor painting classes at the Chester Springs summer school of the Pennsylvania Academy, and in New Hope, where he also taught at the Ney Studio. He painted landscapes and exhibited at the Phillips' Mill Community Association, New Hope, and at the Pennsylvania Academy. He died October 4, 1933 in Solebury, Bucks County.
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA, 1920, 1923 – 24, 1927 – 1929
National Academy of Design, New York, New York, 1928
Corcoran Gallery, Washington, DC., 1928
New Hope Independents n.d., the New Group, the Townhall, New Hope, PA
The Phillips’ Mill Annual Juried Exhibition, New Hope, PA, 1930
Member of the National Guard, riffle expert
Charles Garner, New Hope
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