BA Virginia Commonwealth University

Charles P. Vlasics grew up in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.  As a boy he wanted to be an automotive designer.  By age 15, Vlasics was a member of the Fisher Body Craftsman Guild and won state honors for a wood-carved model car he designed.
 After graduating from Virginia Commonwealth University, B.A., he served in the Army and was sent to Germany as a battalion artist.  Returning to civilian life, he was part of the design team at Bethlehem Steel Corporation before starting a career in advertising design that has spanned more than 38 years. 
 As a fine artist, Vlasics has designed numerous magazine and book covers, most notably a series of Civil War paintings for Berkley Books, publishers of historian Bruce Catton’s “Reflections of the Civil War,” which inspired the CBS mini-series “The Blue and the Gray.”
 For twelve years in a row, the Buchanan Corporation has commissioned Vlasics to paint theme posters for the National Electrical Contractors Show held in major cities throughout the nation.  Additional corporate commission clients include Bethlehem Steel, Binney & Smith, Hertz Corporation, Mack Trucks, M&M Mars, Mitsubishi, Pocono Raceway, Ingersol-Rand, Ricoh Corporation, Corning Glass, Pennsylvania Power and Light, Warner-Lambert, United States Golf Association and Nazareth Speedway Corporation.
 Vlasics was commissioned to create “Passing the Grandstands”, a commemorative paintings capturing the heroics and drama of pre-WWI speedster racing for the Fairmount Park Vintage Grand Prix Festival in Philadelphia.  Vlasics exhibited numerous paintings at the festival in association with the Raymond E. Holland Automotive Art Collection, which contains several Vlasics paintings.
 One of Vlasics major accomplishments is a painting of a famed racecar driver and Indianapolis 500 legend, A.J. Foyt, which hangs in Foyt’s home in Houston, Texas.
 Vlasics was one of nine featured artists whose works were used in a billboard campaign called Artboards ’91 throughout Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley to promote The Baum School of Art.  His entry featured a 1932 Stutz DV32 Convertible Coupe in an outdoor Victorian setting.
 Vlasics was the featured artist in the April 1993 edition of Car Collector & Car Classics magazine.  His painting “Quiet Moment” graced the cover, in addition to a four page in-depth article depicting the motor car in sportsmen period paintings.
 Vlasics was selected as the poster artist for the prestigious 1993 Concours d’Elegance of the Burn Prevention Foundation held in Reading, Pennsylvania.
 Vlasics has published five of his works, including “Quiet Moment” featuring a 1932 Stutz DB32 in a picnic/fly fishing scene.  His second print features a 1931 Duesenberg J. Tapertail speedster in a golf setting titled “Morning Tee.”  The third print portrays the dramatic Vintage Grand Prix race entitled “Passing the Grandstands”, “True Love”, the fourth print, theatrically portrays Clark Gable, Carole Lombard and 1934 Packard 12, 1106.  His fifth painting for this series, “Fishing Lure,” depicts a lakeside camping scene featuring a 1947 Pontiac Streamline Eight Deluxe station wagon.

 For three years Vlasics was commissioned to do commemorative posters and prints depicting the heroism of fireman for the Union Historical Society.  The prints are titled, “America’s Unsung Heroes.”  Another poster titled “Hotel del Coronado” feature a 1929 DuPont Lemans G Speedster and a 1937 Type 57-S Bugatti Atalante Coupe poised near the famed Hotel del Coronado in San Diego.
 Vlasics has also completed a poster depicting a 1959 Ferrari #1503 California Spider 250 GT LWB in a California palm tree setting.
 Vlasics was chosen for a feature article in the internationally acclaimed magazine, US Art.  The article appeared in the July 1994 issue.
 He has lectured on painting and design at Kutztown University, Moravian College, Northampton Community College, Allentown Business School and number of high schools.  He has also taught watercolor and mixed media classes at The Baum School of Art in Allentown.
 His work has been exhibited in many galleries.  Presently, two of Vlasics works are permanently on display in the prestigious Kenneth E. Behring, Blackhawk Museum in Danville, California.  Also recently, at MCS Gallery in Easton, Pennsylvania.
 In a completely new direction, Vlasics completed a landscape depicting the flower Wisteria along an old stone house titled, “Wisteria.”  He also was commissioned to paint a wine still life titled “The Art of Making Wine.”  This scene features cascading grapes over an antique wine box in a wine cellar setting.  Vlasics has also completed a seascape featuring a villa off the Mediterranean Sea titled, “Villa By the Sea.”  These three paintings have been reproduced on canvas and as posters in the Newlins Mills Collection of MCS Industries Inc., the largest frame producer in the world.  Large retailers throughout the United States are presently selling the posters and canvases. 
 Recently, Vlasics was selected as one of fourteen artists from around the world to display his automotive art at the 2002 Meadow Brooke Hall, Home of Matilda Dodge Estate at Oakland University, Rochester Michigan-Concours d’Elegance.  This prestigious event showcases the best automotive artists in the world. 
In 1999 Vlasics was commissioned by the USGA (United States Golf Association) and the Saucon Valley Country Club in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania to paint a commemorative painting for the 2000 U.S. Senior Open Championship.  The painting depicts the greatest golfers of our time, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Hale Irwin, Tom Kite and Tom Watson.  The painting has been reproduced as a poster titled “Legends of the Millennium” and a limited edition print.
Vlasics also did the painting for the program cover and spot illustrations for the inside of the program.
Vlasics was also commissioned by Saucon Valley Country Club to do a portrait of Winnie and Arnold Palmer, who were honorary chairs of the event; unfortunately Winnie Palmer passes away six months prior to the event.  The portrait was presented to Arnold Palmer as a surprise gift.  Mr. Palmer was moved to tears upon seeing the portrait.
The new millennium has unveiled one of Vlasics most comprehensive works.  Mack Trucks, Inc. commissioned him to depict their 100th Anniversary in artistic form.  The series of eleven paintings depicts Mack Trucks milestones from each decade.  The series spans over 24 feet and is displayed along Bulldog Alley at Mack Corporate Headquarters in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
Most recently Vlasics was commissioned by the Nazareth Speedway to commemorate Roger Penske’s 100th win at the Nazareth Speedway.  The dramatic painting depicts Penske with his driver Gil de Ferran and cart car.  The painting was reproduced as a limited edition print, poster, billboard and program cover.  Before the race, the original painting was presented to Mr. Penske, who is the Grand Marshal of the cart race at the Nazareth Speedway.   
Vlasics was commissioned by Specified Technologies, Inc. to do a series of commemorative posters of San Antonio, Texas for their on-going poster series.
 His latest commission is to do an interior painting of the Beth El Synagogue in Allentown, PA.  The synagogue is going to be demolished for the future expansion of St. Luke’s Hospital.  The painting will be reproduced as a limited print and canvas edition. 
 Most recently, Vlasics was commissioned by MCS Industries to paint seven products for their dinner series.  The subject matter is varied; Sundae, Banana Split, French Fries, Cheeseburger, Coffee, Pancakes, Gumball Machine and Juke Box.  These paintings will be reproduced as posters and sold through major retail stores.
 Vlasics was commissioned by the Lehigh Valley Chamber Orchestra to paint on a violin.  Vlasics was part of eighteen artists whose painted violins were exhibited throughout the Lehigh Valley.
 Currently Vlasics passion “The Automobile in Art” was furthered enhanced when MCS Industries decided to publish Vlasics subject entitled “Cars of the Stars.”  The painting depicting Clark Gable and Carole Lombard in a theatrical setting with a 1934 Packard Twelve, 1106 Boatail Speedster.  This paintings reproduced in poster form is being sold in Wal-Mart Superstores throughout the United States. 
 Vlasics resides with his wife, Bonnie, in Bath, Pennsylvania. 

Teaching Philosophy

I always felt "As we pass through this life, what we give, we get back." I have had many teachers in my 43 years of experience. The knowledge they passed on to me I hope to pass on to other students. Being highly experienced and knowledgeable in my life, I have desires to educate others as I have been taught. In life we never stop learning, and should never stop giving back. I am passionate about what I believe, and in turn hope to influence the young minds that will mold out the future.

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