Born on Nov. 9, 1906 in Richmond, Indiana, Charles Surendorf, following
graduation from Ohio State University, studied at the Art Institute of
Chicago and the Art Students League in New York City.
In 1935 he moved to the San Francisco Bay area and taught at Mills
College. Active in the local art scene, he was director of the
first San Francisco Art Festival. In 1946 he settled in the town
of Columbia in the Sierra foothills. There he served as director
of the short-lived Mother Lode Art School (1956) and produced works
with an historic California theme.
He died of cancer in Columbia on May 28, 1979.
His paintings and prints depict the rough-and-tumble life of the old
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