Charles Hobson

Professor Emeritus

Charles Hobson uses monotypes and printmaking variations to construct images for books and works on paper. He has been a faculty member of SFAI since 1990 and his work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the New York Public Library, the Whitney Museum and the National Gallery, among others. Usually following literary or historical themes, his work has covered topics as diverse as famous couples who met in Paris (Parisian Encounters) and Mark Twain’s imaginary diaries of Adam and Eve. His archive has been recently acquired by Stanford University.

Selected Exhibitions: 


  • Book Club of California, San Francisco, CA, 2010
  • University of Nevada - Reno, Reno, NV, 2009
  • Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO, 2009
  • Experiments in Navigation, Stanford University Cantor Art Center and Green Library, Stanford, CA, 2009
  • Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA, 2006
  • California Supreme Court Building, San Francisco, CA, 2006
  • Patricia Sweetow Gallery, San Francisco, CA, 2005
  • University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 2005
  • University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, 2004
  • University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, 2004

Selected Publications: 

  • book art object, Codex Foundation, Berkeley, CA, 2009, pp. 264-267.
  • Richard Nalley, “Hobson Pacific Editions,” Forbes Life, April 2009, p. 30.
  • 500 Handmade Books, Lark Books, Chapel Hill, NC, 2008, pp. 95 & 235.
  • Nicholas A. Basbanes, “The Ebb and Flow of Words - A visit with Charles Hobson,” Fine Books & Collections, September/October 2008, pp. 7-8.


  • BFA, San Francisco Art Institute, 1988
  • LLB, University of Virginia, 1968
  • BA, Lehigh University, 1965