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Charles Radtke | Born 1964 Hermann, MO | Lives and works in Cedarburg, WI

EDUCATION

1989 Summer Session with James Krenov, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass, CO
1986 BS, Lombard Institute of Technology, Lombard, IL
1982-83 Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield, MO

AWARDS and GRANTS

1999 Best of Show, Lakefront Festival Arts, Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI
1998 Best of Show, Lakefront Festival of Arts, Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI
1997 Best of Show, Lakefront Festival of Arts, Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI
1996 Best Furniture as Art, Milwaukee Magazine, Milwaukee, WI
1995 Best of Show, Festival Of The Arts, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI
1993 Best of Show, Illinois Ozark Craft Guild, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL
1992 Best of Show, Illinois Ozark Craft Guild, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL
1991 First Place, Furniture as an Art Form, Associated Artists’ Gallery, Carbondale, IL
1989 Best of Show, Colorado Woodworker’s Association Exhibition, Pioneer’s Museum, Colorado Springs, CO

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2002 Charles Radtke: 17 over 7, Cedarburg Cultural Center, Cedarburg, WI
1996 An Unfolding Process, Plymouth Art Foundation, Plymouth, WI

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2002 Contemporary Studio Case Furniture: The Inside Story. Elvehjem Museum of Art,
University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI
2002 On Nature: Five Wisconsin Artists. Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI
1999 SOFA (Sculpture, Objects & Functional Art)— Chicago, Chicago, IL
1996 Enhancing the Living Space, West Bend Art Museum, West Bend, WI
1994 Southern Illinois Artists, Illinois Artisans Shop, Chicago, IL
1993 Crafting Currents, Lockport Gallery, Lockport, IL
1993 Fine Furniture by Kyle Kinser and Charley Radtke, Craft Alliance, St. Louis, MO
1989 Contemporary Religious Works, 1989 Art Exposition, Columbus, OH

SELECTED COLLECTIONS

Museum Of Wisconsin Arts, West Bend WI. Acquisition from 2016.
Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.
University of St. Mary of the Lake Theological Chapel, Mundelein, IL
Indian Community School of Milwaukee, Inc., Milwaukee, WI
Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI
Boston Museum Of Fine Arts, Boston, MA.
Various private collections

PUBLICATIONS

“Portfolio.” American Craft Magazine, 58, no. 3: 64.

Adamson, Glenn. “Get out the Lead.” American Craft Magazine, 70, no. 2: 36-37.

Adamson, Glenn. “A Perfect Match: The Furniture of Charley Radtke.” Woodwork, no. 78 (December 2002): 24-31.

Adamson, Glenn and Oscar P. Fitzgerald, Furniture Studio: Furniture Makers Exploring Digital Technologies
Asheville, NC: The Furniture Society, 2005.

Blankemeyer, Dennis. Craft Furniture: The Legacy of the Human Hand. Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing Ltd., 2003.

Boyd, Virginia T. and Glenn Adamson. Contemporary Studio Case Furniture: The Inside Story. Madison, WI:
Elvehjem Museum of Art, 2002.

Fitzgerald, Oscar P.  Studio Furniture of the Renwick Gallery Smithsonian American Art Museum. East Petersburg, PA:
Fox Chapel Publishing, 2008.

Gray, Jacquelyn. “Going with the Grain.” The Milwaukee Journal, (February 19, 1995): F1, 6.

Gyamati, Susan. “Wood That Thou Could See the Beauty… ” Exclusively Yours, (April, 1999): 52-56.

Kaiser, Jo-Ann. “Furniture Designs Begin with Wood, End with the Details.” Custom Woodworking Business 7,
no. 9 (September 1997): 79-85.

Kelsey, John and Rick Mastelli. Furniture Studio: The Heart of Functional Arts. Asheville, NC: The Furniture Society, 1999.

Kelsey, John and Rick Mastelli. Tradition in Contemporary Furniture.  Asheville, NC: The Furniture Society, 2001.

Petaschnick, JoAnn. “Naturally Perfect.” M Magazine 11, no. 4 (March 2007): 50-54.

Radtke, Charles. “Animate Your Designs: Furniture Comes to Life with 3-D Software.” Home Furniture 8
(October 1996): 90-93.

Reed, W. A. “Charles Radtke, Furniture Maker.” Porcupine Literary Arts Magazine 2, no. 1: 46-59.

West, Janice. Art for the Wall Furniture and Accessories: The Designer’s Sourcebook 13. Madison, WI: The Guild, 1998.

REVIEWS

Auer, James. “Review of On Nature: Five Wisconsin Artists.” The Milwaukee Journal, (June 24, 2002): D, 1.