02: Evening Star – Chuck Olson

Completed Location #02

“Evening Star” by Chuck Olson


The image of “Evening Star” was born out of a “landscape/mountain” painting project, which is a series of ten “mountain” paintings that were to be installed at Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh to stimulate conversation between patients, families, and medical staff. The question, “Which mountain are you on today and where are you on that mountain?” could open the conversational door towards healing. “Evening Star” expresses the forces of nature and reveals movements in wind, rock, water, and light in conditions of both harmony and confrontation.

An image can have many lives and “Evening Star” is no exception. It is a painting. It is a lithograph. In Buckhannon, West Virginia, it has become a wall. Here, elements of the lithographic version have been reassembled and enlarged to provide a more “heroic” experience of the content. The scale of this installation stresses the emotional forces of nature, far larger than the observer on the street, and presents us with constantly evolving forms. It carries elements that one can easily find in the surrounding hills, rivers, and sky of this community. It also challenges us to recognize, perhaps, the forces of life inside and outside of each one of us.


Chuck Olson has built his painting career over the past 40 years while leading the Department of Fine Arts at Saint Francis University. Known to be one of the best abstract painters in the Pittsburgh Region, Olson has exhibited his paintings in dozens of American and international venues, and many are included in corporate, museum, and university fine art collections. Olson was awarded the status of Master Visual Artist for the City of Pittsburgh in 2013, which coincided with a solo exhibition of his paintings at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and an archive of his work established at the Heinz Regional History Museum.


2015Gallerie Saint Gilles – Ambialet, France
Zonone Contemporea Reggio – Emilia, Italy
2014Loppis Galleria – Parma , Italy
2012Artworks – Johnstown, Pennsylvania
Asling Group – Washington, DC
2011Christine Frechard Gallery – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
2010-13La Galerie au Prieure – Ambialet, France
2010Galleria dalla Rosa Pratti – Parma, Italy
2009The Amarillo Museum of Art – Amarillo, Texas
The Rosenfeld Gallery – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2007-08The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art “Chuck Olson: Visual Histories”
Altoona, Pennsylvania
2005-06Galleria Alphacentauri – Parma, Italy
1996-13Denise Bibro Fine Art – New York City, New York
1999Clarion University – Clarion, Pennsylvania
Volksbank – Frankfurt, Germany
1998Deutsch Amerikanische Zentrum/James Byrnes Institute – Stuttgart, Germany
Galerie Lillebonne – Nancy, France
Farleigh Dickinson University – Teaneck, New Jersey
1998-13James Gallery – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
1996-97Gallery in the Square – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
1994, 01Kipp Gallery/University Museum – Indiana, Pennsylvania
1993-94808 Penn Modern – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
1989-95The Rosenfeld Gallery – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1988Slippery Rock University – Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania
1984, 88Gallery G – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
1986Andre Zarre Gallery – New York City, New York
Galerie Lillebonne – Nancy, France
University Museum, Indiana University of Pennsylvania – Indiana, Pennsylvania
1978-91Saint Francis College – Loretto, Pennsylvania
1984-86Noel Butcher Gallery – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1985Galerie Voltaire – Sens, France


2013Master Visual Artist: The Legacy Project. Pittsburgh Center for the Arts – Pittsburgh
2011Galerie de l’Echarpe – Toulouse, France
2005Ragazzolla Estate 2005 – Parma, Italy
2004Southern Vermont Arts Center Janet Fish – Manchester, Vermont
1998New York, New York, New York: Beardmen, Matibe, and Olson; Frankfurt Airport
Gallery – Frankfurt, Germany
1995-04Denise Bibro Fine Art – New York City, New York
1994-95Gelerie Sepia Pont – Aven, France
1993National Works on Paper Fells Point Gallery – Baltimore, Maryland
1990-94The Museum Gallery Philadelphia Museum of Art – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1990Osaka Triennial International Painting Exhibition – Osaka, Japan
1989-91Mulhouse – Saint Die, Bar le Duc, and Pont a Mousson, France
1988Inaugural ExhibitionThe Royce Gallery – Miami, Florida
1987Galerie Lillebonne – Nancy, France
1984-87The Andre Zarre Gallery – New York City, New York