Charles W. Goolsby has been practicing as a professional artist for more than forty years.He earned his B.F.A. in Art from Radford University in 1980 and the M.F.A. in Art from James Madison University in 1994. He is Professor of Art at Emory & Henry College and Chair of the Division of Visual & Performing Arts. He holds the Allen & Agnes Rowlett Chair of Creative Studies. Blue Spiral I Gallery, in Asheville, North Carolina represents him.
Goolsby's work has been featured in more than 45 solo exhibitions throughout the southeastern United States at various college, university, fine arts center, museum and commercial galleries. His work has received awards in numerous regional and national juried exhibitions throughout the United States. His work is included in a number of public and corporate collections throughout Virginia and North Carolina.
Goolsby’s honors include fellowships from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Ucross Foundation, the Vermont Studio Center, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation. He was selected as a resident associate artist by the Atlantic Center for the Arts in Florida where he worked with internationally acclaimed artist Donald Sultan. In 2012 he was selected as a Fellow at VCCA-France at Le Moulin à Nef, a studio center in the Gascon village of Auvillar. In August of 2010, three of Goolsby's oil paintings were included in the highly selective journal, New American Paintings. One of Goolsby's paintings was featured in Oxford American Magazine's Fall 2005 issue on Southern Art and Architecture. His art appeared on the April 1989 cover of School Arts Magazine. In 2015 the Arts Alliance of the Mountain Empire awarded Goolsby an Arts Achievement Award for his significant contribution as a studio artist and teacher to the region of Southwestern Virginia. Goolsby continues to paint oils and monotypes in his studio located near Emory, Virginia. His recent work is inspired by landscapes that have been significantly altered by human intervention. Partly informed by traditions from nineteenth-century American landscape painting, Goolsby transforms our twenty-first century environment into ambitious oil paintings that celebrate beauty and monumentality.