Press Highlights

Michael Ray Charles’ '(Forever Free)' sculpture a powerful critique at UT
Austin-American Statesman
By Jeanne Claire van Ryzin, 10 October 2015

There is still much miscommunication, Charles says, between the past and the present. And progress intellectually, politically or socially will reveal existing wounds that each generation must grapple with. Compiling wooden crutches into wheels poised to move is Charles’ nod to those African-American scholars who have done the best with whatever a university establishment has handed them. Read more.

Upward Mobility
The Austin Chronicle
By Robert Faires, 9 October 2015

Charles may no longer teach at UT – in 2014, he joined the faculty at the University of Houston, his alma mater – but he's the first artist with strong ties to the 40 Acres to be hired by Landmarks to create a new work for its collection, an achievement that adds even more value to this already priceless collection of public art.  Read more.

Michael Ray Charles Adds Installation to UT’s Landmark Collection
By Paula Newton, 8 October 2015

Best known for his vintage advertising-looking paintings and his aggressive use of caricature and racial stereotypes, this huge sculpture seems out of place. But the “location of the work within the Gordon-White Building is key to its meaning,” writes catalogue essayist Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw. Read more.