Charis J. Carmichael Braun grew up in New Ulm, MN. She earned her MFA from the New York Academy of Art. Her artwork is bound to themes about projection and vulnerability drawing from her familial relationships. Presenting quietly assertive solitary figures, Charis bases the story in the painting from the person’s life and the relationship she has with them. Sifting through desire and fear, Charis combines concepts which she feels are mutually exclusive (such as attraction/repulsion, masculine/feminine). Analyzed together in a painted image she blends these opposites so that it is difficult to see where one begins and another ends. Her artwork has been exhibited nationally and internationally and may be found in both private and public collections. She works currently as the Director of Communications at The League Residency at Vyt, (The Art Students League of New York). She has served on two NYC not-for-profits: as a board member for Spark and Echo Arts and also as the President of the Alumni Association of the New York Academy of Art. Charis lives and works in the Hudson Valley, New York.