Chas Fagan asks the question: What are you ready and willing to commit to?

On Friday, March 4 at Resident Culture Brewing Company, hundreds of Daybreak Legends came together to hear Charlotte’s own scary-talented-artistic-genius Chas Fagan, speak to us on our global theme of “Commitment.” His impressive and inspirational story amounts to a series of fearless YESes – as he committed, time and time again, to the unexpected opportunities presented to him. Decades later, he has created a body of work that is exhibited and celebrated both locally and globally. Furthermore, his career-long penchant for “committing” has led him to work with a string of impressive VIPs, including presidents, Popes, saints, astronauts and more. #colorusimpressed

About the speaker

American artist Chas Fagan grew up in Belgium and in rural Pennsylvania, gathering inspiration from the rich landscape and history of his surroundings.

Chas’ ability to combine his artistic gifts with his knowledge of history has led to several high-profile commissions. Among his favorites are his statue of President Reagan in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol, a “young Neil Armstrong” statue for Purdue University (including a surrounding plaza with moon-boot prints), his sculpture of Rosa Parks in the Narthex of Washington National Cathedral, and a monumental-scale bronze sculpture in Dallas titled “Freedom’s Charge”, featuring two Revolutionary War figures and a billowing battalion flag from Bunker Hill. He was also fortunate to be asked to paint the official White House portrait of First Lady Barbara Bush, and the official portrait of Mother Teresa for her canonization at St. Peter’s in Rome.

A self-taught artist, Chas graduated from Yale University with a degree in Soviet Studies.

In 2002 he and his wife Katie decided to raise their three children in Charlotte. They immediately fell in love with the city, the people, and the history of Charlotte. Chas is proud to have had the chance to capture some of that history and unique character in his bronze sculptures of Thomas Spratt and King Hagler and of the horse-riding Captain Jack on Charlotte’s Greenway.

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