An Historical Timeline
Highlights from sculptor Charles E. Gagnon’s life include:
1934 Born February 24 in Minneapolis, Minn.
1957-58 Chosen as one of 10 US students to teach the children of US service personnel in Europe.
1960 Received Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Minnesota.
1962 Exhibited at the National Academy Galleries and National Arts Club in New York City (NYC) and the Walker Art
Center, Minneapolis, Minn. Honored with an exhibition and purchase award at the Madison Avenue Gallery
1963 Exhibited at the Ahda Artz Gallery and the Village Art Center in NYC.
1964-65 Married Arlyn Wind. Traveled to Florence, Italy, to study and create new bronze
sculpture. Exhibited at the Minneapolis (Minn.) Institute of Arts upon return.
1966 Commissioned to create an 8-foot processional cross for St. John’s Church, Darwin,
1968 Commissioned to create a 10-foot seated St. Francis and the Birds bronze sculpture
by St. Mary’s Hospital, Rochester, Minn. Returned to Italy to research the life of St.
Francis of Assisi.
1969 Unveiled three commissioned pieces in Rochester, Minn.: Dancer Stretching at
Mayo Clinic in August; seated St. Francis and the Birds at St. Mary’s Hospital in
September; and Crucifixion at Zumbro Lutheran Church in December.
1970 Traveled to Paris to establish a studio and create new bronze sculpture. Studied
major sculpture in Italy, Germany, France, Switzerland, Norway, Sweden, and the
1971 Commissioned to create two 10-foot bronze sculptures: Renaissance Man and
Woman for Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio, and Arlyn, for private collection, Chicago, Ill.
1972 Commissioned to create bronze sculpture, Flower Form, for private collector in Glasgow, Scotland.
1973 Unveiled Renaissance Man and Woman at Kenyon College.
1974 Unveiled bronze portrait sculpture of Conrad N. Hilton, commissioned by Mayo Clinic (Rochester, Minn.) for entrance of Hilton
Building for Laboratory Medicine and Center for Research in Human Behavior.
1975 Completed the bronze sculpture Creation, given by anonymous donor to Temple Jeremiah, Chicago, Ill.
1976 Honored with inclusion in Who’s Who in American Art, Who’s Who in the Midwest, and Who’s Who in America.
1977 Included in Dictionary of International Biography (Cambridge, England). Sold Joy of Life sculpture to private collector in
1978 Commissioned by 127 Andersen Window distributors to create life-sized bronze portrait sculpture of founder Fred C. Andersen
for corporate headquarters in Bayport, Minn.
1979 Unveiled life-sized portrait sculpture of Hubert H. Humphrey, US Vice-President, commissioned by Nobles County (Minn.) for
new Government Center in Worthington, Minn.
1980 Had Renaissance Man and Woman sculpture featured in book, Outdoor Sculpture in Ohio.
1982 Commissioned to create a life-sized bronze sculpture for private collection in Wheaton, Ill.
1984 Honored to be included in Vatican Collection, Rome, Italy, when donor presented sculpture graphic of St. Francis and the Birds
to the Holy See. Commissioned to create Emergence of Life sculptures for private collection in Chicago, Ill. Sold a St. Francis
sculpture to private collector in Montevideo, Uruguay.
1987 Awarded Rochester (Minn.) Mayor’s Gold Model of Honor for Artistic and Cultural Achievement.
1988 Commissioned by City of Rochester (Minn.) to create a 12-foot bronze sculpture, Peace Fountain.
1989 Unveiled Peace Fountain in Peace Plaza, Rochester, Minn. Sold Dancer to private collector in Antwerp, Belgium.
1991 Honored by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization in Paris, France, when Peace Fountain featured
in UNESCO Courier, printed in 35 languages and distributed to 120 countries.
1992 Honored when Peace Fountain featured on cover of new publication in Bonn, Germany.
1993 Dedicated Emergence of Life, a 10-foot bronze sculpture, on private estate in Chicago, Ill.
1994 Sold Celebration of Life, a 7-foot sculpture, to private collector in Toronto, Canada.
1996 Received commission for 3-foot Guardian Angel sculpture for family legacy from a private collector in Houston, Tex.
1998 Honored when Smithsonian Institute, Washington, DC, recorded some of his sculptures as part of a Garden Club of America
project. Sold a unique Dance of Life to a private collection in Kitzbuhel, Austria.
2000 Commissioned to create a monumental Peace Fountain by a private German collector. Notified two of his sculptures were
donated: Ascension of Christ to Demontreville Jesuit Retreat House, St. Paul, Minn., by a private donor and a unique St. Francis
and the Birds to a new Franciscan Art Museum, Assisi, Italy, by an anonymous donor.
2001 Commissioned to create a 4-foot bronze sculpture, Angel, for the main altar of St. Olaf Catholic Church, Minneapolis, Minn.
Completed German Peace Fountain in NYC studio during September 11.
2002 Unveiled 17-foot unique Peace Fountain in Germany, which was dedicated to World Peace.
2004 Commissioned to create 6-foot Crucifixion sculpture to place above Angel at St. Olaf Catholic Church, Minneapolis.
2006 Featured outdoor sculptures in Chicago Home and Garden magazine.
2007 Sold major bronze sculpture to private estate on George Washington’s historic Virginia farm overlooking the Potomac and
Celebration to private collector in Madrid, Spain.
2010 Commissioned by international collector to create an 8-foot sculpture for private estate on the Island of St. John in the Virgin
Islands overlooking the Caribbean.
2012 Completed last major sculpture, The Hawk, which was sent to the Virgin Islands.
Passed away on April 28.