Charles Littler

Charles Littler
(1928-1991)

Education
University of Denver, 1948-49
University of Mexico, BA, 1949-50
Hans Hofmann School, NYC, 1951-52
Alfred University, MFA, 1954-56

Solo Exhibitions
James Gallery NYC, 1952-54
Glidden Gallery, NYC, 1956
The University of Arizona, Art Gallery, Tucson, 1980-91
Rosequist Gallery, Tucson, 1960
Temple of Music and Art, Tucson, 1960
Gallery of Realities, Taos, New Mexico, 1961
Tucson Art Center, 1961
Ohio University Gallery, Athens, Ohio, 1963
Woodward Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona, 1974
Portraits, Rancho Linda Vista Gallery, Oracle, Arizona, 1977
Self Portraits, Pima Community College, Tucson, 1978
Rancho Linda Vista Barn Gallery, 1997
Looks Like Charles, M. Revak & Co., Tucson, AZ, 1999-2000

Selected Group Exhibitions
New York Center Gallery, 1953
149th Annual Exhibition, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, 1954
Invitational Show, The University of Arizona, Tucson, 1956
Prints and Drawings, Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, Dallas, Texas, 1957
Annual Arizona Invitational, The University of Arizona, 1958-59
Arizona Artists Guild, Phoenix, 1959
9th Annual Tucson Festival Art Show, Southwestern States Award, 1959
Southwestern Art Invitational, Dallas Museum of Art, Texas, 1960
Second Arizona Annual, Phoenix Art Museum (grand purchase), 1960
Third Arizona Annual, Phoenix Art Museum, 1961
11th Annual Tucson Festival Show, Tucson Art Center (award), 1961
First Annual Southwestern States Exhibition, Roswell Museum, New Mexico
(purchase award), 1962
Albuquerque Exhibition of Small Paintings, University of New Mexico (prize), 1962
Southwest Painting and Sculpture, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1962
Sherman-Sierk Gallery, 5 Artists, Tucson, Arizona, 1962
Sixty-Ninth Western Annual, Denver Museum of Art, 1963
19th Artists West of the Mississippi: The Realistic Image, Colorado Springs Fine Art
Center, 1963
Distinguished Alumni Exhibition, University of New Mexico Fine Arts Gallery, 1964
24th Annual Tucson Festival Exhibition, Tucson Art Center, 1974
RLV Art Show, Graphics Gallery, Tucson, 1974
Southwestern Invitational, Yuma Art Center, Arizona, 1975-8
Four Corners States Biennial, Phoenix Art Museum, 1981
Los Angeles Modernism Show and Sale, Off the Wall Productions, 2007
RLV 40th Anniversary Exhibition, 2008
RUBY LEE, collaboration with Pat Dolan, 1980-91:
Pictures, a site performance in the Catalina Mountains, Arizona, 1980
TRAIL MIX, permanent ongoing site sculpture, Rancho Linda Vista, Oracle, AZ, 1981
Park Art, temporary site specific sculptures in National Parks, 1981
Wedding Pictures, multi-media performance, Rancho Linda Vista, Oracle, AZ, 1982
Site Performances, performances at TRAIL MIX, 1982
Sound Pieces, installations at The University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tucson, 1983
Tokonama, installations at Rancho Linda Vista Gallery, Oracle, Arizona, 1982
String Trio, outdoor installation, Tucson Art Institute, 1985
Tucson Art Institute, mixed media installations, 1986
Family Portrait, outdoor installation, Tucson Botanical Garden, 1986
Plaza Plastique, outdoor installation, Tucson Pima Art Council, 1986
Memories, installation, Scottsdale Center for the Arts, 1986
Stump & Jump, outdoor installation, Tempe Center for the Arts, Tempe Arizona, 1987
20th Anniversary Show of RLV, Dinnerware Gallery, Tucson, 1989
Southwest ’90, Santa Fe Museum of Art, 1990
Pima County River Project Public Art Commission, 1990
Ten Year Anniversary Celebration, TRAIL MIX, RLV, Oracle, AZ, 1991

Public Collections
Phoenix Art Museum
University of New Mexico
Dallas Museum of Art
The University of Arizona Museum of Art
Roswell Museum of Art
Yuma Museum of Art
Tucson Art Center
Worcester Art Museum

Publications
Prize Winning Oil Paintings and Why They Won the Prize, 1961
The Painter and the Photograph by Van Deren Coke, 1961
Who’s Who in American Art, Allied Publications
Drawing and Form by W. Enstice & M. Peters
Arizona Daily Wildcat, 9/23/1976
Arizona Illustrated, KUAT-TV, 6/1986, 5/1989, 12/1992
Arizona Daily Star, July 14 & August 20, 1990, 11/19-11/26, 1999
Tucson Citizen, 12/1981
Artspace, Fall 1981

Work Experience
Secretary to Hans Hofmann, 1952-54
Silk screener, sign designer, 1958-59
Stage Designer, 1958, 1984
Professor of Art, University of Arizona, 1958-1984
Designer & Builder of Foam Shell Structures, 1971
Visiting Artist: New York State University, Brown University, University of Arkansas,
Cochise College

Founded
James Gallery, NYC (10th Street co-op gallery), 1952
Rancho Linda Vista (community dedicated to the arts), 1968
RUBYLEE (art collaborative with Pat Dolan, 1980

Biography
Charles Littler studied at the University of Denver (1948-49), University of New
Mexico (1949-50), Hans Hofmann School (1951-52), and Alfred University (1954-56).
He also served as secretary and assistant to Hans Hoffman from 1952-54. Littler
taught at the University of Arizona for over 25 years, while amassing an impressive
and varied body of work.

More concerned with the artwork itself than commercialism or celebrity, Littler
was not a traditional painter or sculptor, but worked in a wide range of media and
techniques.

In 1957, Littler abandoned the New York art world where he had founded the James Gallery (1952), a 10th Street co-op gallery, and had been invited by Ileana Sonnabend
to show his work and moved to Tucson, AZ. Littler had long been interested in the
arts community lifestyle and after a weekend spent in a residential artists environment
he purchased a dude ranch in Oracle, Arizona to form Rancho Linda Vista in 1968,
which he considered to be his greatest artwork. Over time, the ranch established
a group consciousness which Littler felt compelled to nurture.

My view of Rancho Linda Vista is that it’s a work-of-art, initiated by me and executed
collaboratively by many members-past, present and future (including all of those
who don’t even think of themselves as artists).

Littler also collaborated with wife Pat Dolan, working on a series entitled RUBYLEE
(1980-91), which included performance, site-specific sculptures, installation, and video. Littler was concerned with blurring the line between art and life and living
his art. Art collaboration became the context for our life together, said Littler
of his marriage with Dolan.

Since Littler’s death in 1991, his legacy of Rancho Linda Vista lives on, and is
now populated by a younger generation of artists who continue to evolve Littler’s
original vision.