Charles Parks

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Charles Cropper Parks (1922 - October 25, 2012) was an American sculptor who donated almost 300 of his works to the State of Delaware in 2011.


Charles Parks was born in Onancock, Virginia in 1922.[1] He served in the air force during World War II, before getting an education at University of Delaware and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.[1]

Parks and his wife, Inge, created the Charles Parks foundation in 2003.[2] In 2011 the Parks family donated approximately 290 sculptures from Charles Parks' private collection to the State of Delaware, in the hope they would be displayed to the public.[1][3][4]

Parks died in Wilmington, Delaware[4] on October 25, 2012 age 90.[1] Delaware governor, Jack Markell, described Parks as "an extraordinarily talented artist and sculptor whose life work made an impact on so many".[1]

In April 2013 thirteen of Parks' sculptures were exhibited at the First State Heritage Park Welcome Centre and Galleries, organised by the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Charles Cropper Parks obituary". The News Journal. DelawareOnline. October 27, 2012. Retrieved 2013-10-30.
  2. ^ a b "Works by Charles Parks on display at Dover's First Heritage Park Welcome Center and Galleries". The Hunt Magazine. MediaTwo. April 2013. Retrieved 2013-10-30.
  3. ^ Soulsman, Gary (September 7, 2011). "Tribute to Charles Parks: Sculptor's collection to be preserved by state of Delaware". The News Journal. DelawareOnline. Retrieved 2013-10-30.
  4. ^ a b "Remembering Charles Parks". Delaware's Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs. November 8, 2012. Retrieved 2013-10-30.