Charles I. Harris

Born in Lancaster, New York on May 26, 1922. At an early age he migrated to Chicago, Illinois and was educated in the Chicago School System during the Great Depression, eventually graduating from high school with a diploma in art. He attended art classes at the Chicago Art Institute and enrolled in a pre-med program at Northwestern University until drafted into the Air Force during World War II. Harris served during WWII in Europe with the 598th Bomb Squadron. After the War he attended Woodbury College in Los Angeles and received a degree in Commercial Art. Harris and his wife Lorraine raised their family in Culver City, where he lived for sixty-three years. Harris also operated and ran a producing and preparing specialty packaging business for 27 years. Harris became a member of the California Art Club, attended meetings and shows, most of which at the time were being held at the local restaurants. Several years later, after much urging by then president Henry Olivier, Harris became President of the Club and served in this capacity for several years. Harris’ wife Lorraine also helped in organizing CAC events and meetings. When he retired from business in 1988, Harris continued painting in his studio in Culver City, CA. Harris was preceded in death by his wife Lorraine in 2002. Charles Harris passed away on December 4, 2012. He is an Honorary Lifetime Member of the California Art Club.

Courtesy of the artist

CAC Archives, L.A. Times, Dec. 7, 2012

California Art Club (President, January 1991 – 1993)