Remembering & Honoring Charley Morgan (1927 – 2014)

IMG_0857For nearly 40 years, Charles Henry (“Charley”) Morgan taught at UGA and was one of the most beloved and sought-after professors in the School of Art. Charley died on December 19, 2014, at the age of 87. The UGA Cortona Program and CIAO would like to pay homage to Charlie’s life and career as a brilliant teacher, artist and mentor to so many.

After doing undergraduate work at the University of Texas in Austin, he earned his M.F.A. in painting at the University of Colorado in Boulder, where he studied with Mark Rothko. He was soon hired by Lamar Dodd at the University of Georgia to teach painting, but Charley also developed the renowned printmaking and papermaking programs at the school.

He was known for his subtle and indirect teaching manner, instilling confidence by gently guiding his students to make their own discoveries and to take control of their talent and abilities. He was the major professor for numerous graduate students who went on to lead their fields as artists and as professors at universities and colleges across the U.S. In 1991 Charley was recognized for his exceptional pedagogical skills with the General Sandy Beaver Teaching Award, and in 2008 a studio in the new Lamar Dodd School of Art was named the Charles Morgan Printmaking Studio in his honor.

Charley was also a passionate believer in the value of study abroad, and was one of the founding faculty members of our Cortona studies abroad program. He assisted to set up the Printmaking studio in Cortona, utilizing local resources and Italian ingenuity. He and his wife, Annie, spent many summers helping students experience the rich and beautiful environment of Tuscany and its surroundings. Along the way the couple established deep and lasting friendships with the residents of Cortona, where he will always be remembered for his quiet courtesy and warmth as well as his talent. Charley was also a handsome man, with a wonderful smile and grace of bearing that will be remembered forever by anyone who has met him.

Charley is survived by his wife and partner of 47 years, Ann Morgan. A memorial gathering will be announced in the new year. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the (www.alz.org/georgia) or to assist in the establishment of an endowed Charles Morgan Cortona Art Scholarship. Contributions to the scholarship fund should be made payable to the UGA Foundation – Friends of Cortona (memo: In honor of Charles Morgan), and mailed to Suzi Wong, Cortona Studies Abroad Program, Lamar Dodd School of Art, University of Georgia, 270 River Road, Athens, GA 30602.

 

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  1. Charley was in residence in Cortona in the summer of 1974 when I attended the program from within the landscape architecture department. I still have very clear mental images of some of our conversations and also of his art. He and Ann had rented the coolest house in Cortona, a 3 winged old place with a central spiral staircase which served each wing from the center of the house.That season, a few of the students and faculty wound up in his house to listen to Richard Nixon announce his resignation on Radio Free Europe on an old shortwave radio. So many of my best recollections of that summer revolved around Charley and Ann.

  2. Barry Peavy says:

    Charley was my Printmaking professor in Summer of 1991. Quiet courtesy and warmth is a great description of his personality — and after 25 years, I still remember some our talks that summer. RIP, Charley.

  3. I am so sorry to hear that Charley Morgan is no longer with us. He was one of my favorite teachers at UGA. He was always so helpful and gentle in his approach. I took lithography from him in Athens, and I still remember him telling the story about how one of his students stuck out her leg to keep one of the lithography stones from hitting the floor and breaking. He really loved those stones. Such a gentleman and such a great teacher. He will be missed by everyone who knew him.

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