Rosette Studios: Arts & Letters
Charles Koonce: Co-Owner
Charles Koonce’s life has been defined primarily through discovery and exploration of different places and ideas. Charles Koonce was born in Washington State. He spent his childhood moving around as a result of his father being in the military. His family settled in St. Louis, MO where Charles went to high school and then joined the US Navy. He spent 6 years in the US Navy, which afforded him the ability to explore many countries, after which he moved to Wichita, KS. It was there that he began a career in the arts. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture from Wichita State University. While in Wichita, he exhibited frequently, including at the student run gallery, shiftspace, and the Diver Studio. Charles then went to Lubbock, TX where he received his Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture from Texas Tech University. While there, he was active in the arts showing in many venues around TX. These included Marfa, San Angelo and Wichita Falls. He has also participated in the Texas Sculpture symposium and volunteered for Chinati Weekend at the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, TX. Charles currently resides in Springfield, MO. His current research revolves around the experience of discovery through the theories of quantum mechanics. He creates installations that transform spaces into experiences that reflect concepts in wave theory.
Bridget Koonce: Co-Owner
Bridget Koonce is an artist engaged in a variety of materials. She is striving toward a goal to make artwork in peoples’ lives a standard instead of the exception. Bridget was born and grew up in Wichita, Kansas. She acquired various skills in her early years, most centered around traditional homemaking, including sewing. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ceramics from Wichita State University in Kansas and received a Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture from Alfred University in New York. Bridget has taught children and young adults at both community center and university settings. Bridget is involved with the art community through conferences such as NCECA, solo and group shows, and workshops at Anderson Ranch in Colorado and Watershed in Maine. She explores textiles, ceramics, found objects, wood, glass, paper, etc. She is always interested in new knowledge she can gain by those facilities and people around her. Bridget currently resides in Springfield, MO. Her current research explores possessions that bring people comfort and define who they are by acquiring previously owned objects and investigating the memory that they carry with them.