Student Stories: Charles Morrison

Charles Morrison

Major: Art

Charles Morrison was pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from St. Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Ind., when he took a ceramics class during his junior year.

He instantly fell in love with both the medium and the process, and he soon realized he wanted to get a Master of Fine Arts degree in order to teach at the collegiate level. That led him to College of DuPage, where he has been building his portfolio and preparing for graduate school.

Listing the College’s stellar materials, studio spaces and professors, Morrison said that coming to COD was one of the best decisions he could have made for his art career.

“The best thing about my experiences at COD has been the tremendous growth and evolution that my art practice has undergone due to the guidance of my professors and the exposure to new materials and processes,” he said.

In 2020, Morrison had the opportunity to exhibit his work at COD’s Wings Student Art Gallery, presented virtually via the Cleve Carney Museum of Art website. “We've Been Here Before: Balance from Ancestral Totems” featured images and video of his ceramic work that tapped into Morrison’s skills as a ceramist and performer, his sense of spiritual awareness and the profound connection he has to his ancestral roots. 

The series of ceramic vessels also created a sacred space for the artist to lead a Kemetic exercise, which centered around the power of breath and the ability to restore balance and proper circulation to the body and brain through conscious breathing.  

“This exhibit was inspired by our current times: the seemingly ongoing chaos, the overload of information and distractions, the uncertainty of our future,” Morrison said. “I felt we all needed to take a few moments to just be and breathe.”

Morrison is excited about his future career and is thankful to have COD as a resource and guide.

“There's no doubt that I would not be the artist I am today without my time at COD, and I'm forever thankful to the College and its professors and students alike for this growth and evolution.”

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