A journey from the anonymous to the personal which is amazing and sometimes puzzling.  Since becoming full time, each project has taken on this same arc.  While completely unexpected (at least to me), it has energized and contributed to a new sense of wonder.

Photography is my third career - the result of a passion acquired in Maine many years ago.  Most of this work is done on film. At least it begins there. The monochrome is printed in the traditional darkroom, the color scanned and printed on inkjet printers.   I no longer print color in the darkroom although the experience in color and contrast management strongly affects how I print digitally.

My education includes study at Parsons School of Design, International Center for Photography, Maine Media Workshops and Cuyahoga Community College.

Back in the dim past, I earned degrees in Electrical Engineering and also studied Japanese.

I am a director of  ICA Art Conservation and of the Friends of Photography at the Cleveland Museum of Art, a Life Director of Jewish Family Services Association of Cleveland and a life member of the IEEE.


Becoming full time in 2008 changed the work in profound ways. Previously, people were anonymous and it was more about the public space. In this new time, the work has become intensely personal - often involving portraiture. This can be seen The Album Project, Precious Objects and, still in progress, CostumesEvery Place begins with my childhood home that, at the time of the photograph, had been empty for years and was in foreclosure.  Today it is a vacant lot.

In addition to being more personal, the work has become less traditionally photographic both in form and method.  So, this is truly a journey which travels from safe commentary on the world around me to the less comfortable environment of my family, my neighborhood and my history.

"Like the burlesque comedian, I am abnormally fond of that precision which creates movement" -- e e cummings 

Because I serve on the board of a conservation lab, I make an effort to produce and prepare his work consistent with the desire for it to last.  That is not always easy when things get large or leave the safety of a frame.

Chuck is represented by:

1point618 Gallery
Sixty.Four.Twenty.One Detroit Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44102
1point618 Gallery

Solo Exhibitions


 Hardware Stores

1point618 Gallery Cleveland, OH Fall



Feinberg Gallery at Cain Park Cleveland Heights, OH Jun-Jul


The Beach   University Hospitals Humphrey Gallery Cleveland, OH Jan-Feb


Precious Objects Parkersburg Art Center Parkersburg, WV       Aug-Sep

Lustron Stories Ohio  History Connection Columbus, OH May-Sep

Precious Objects Toledo-Lucas County Public Library  Toledo, OH       Apr-May

Costumes – a collaboration with Cleveland Public Theater  Mpls Photo Center  Minneapolis, MN  Mar-Apr

Lustron Stories Public Gallery Louisville, KY     Feb - Mar


Precious Objects Indianapolis Art Center Indianapolis IN Jun-Jul

Every Place I Have Ever Lived – the foreclosure crisis in 12 neighborhoods
Wilmington College Harcum Art Gallery Wilmington, OH Jan-Mar

Precious Objects City Hall and Charleston Heights Art Center Las Vegas, NV Jan-Apr


Every Place I Have Ever Lived – the foreclosure crisis in 12 neighborhoods
CSU Levin College Thomas Campbell Gallery Cleveland, OH Sep-Nov

The Album Project Butler Institute of American Art Youngstown, OH Jun-Sep

Precious Objects Zanesville Museum of Art Zanesville, OH Jan-Mar


Every Place I Have Ever Lived – the foreclosure crisis in 12 neighborhoods
The Argus Museum Ann Arbor, MI Sep-Nov

Precious Objects Maltz Museum Beachwood, OH Aug-Sep


Every Place I Have Ever Lived – the foreclosure crisis in 12 neighborhoods
Ohio Historical Society Columbus, OH Nov – Mar ‘12

Two Theater Projects 1point618 Gallery  Cleveland, OH  Oct –Dec

Every Place I Have Ever Lived – the foreclosure crisis in 12 neighborhoods
FAVA Gallery Oberlin, OH Sep-Nov

Group and Juried Exhibitions


Time Will Tell Coburn Gallery Ashland, OH Jun-Jul

60th Annual Chautauqua Exhibition of Contemporary Art Chautauqua Institution Chautauqua, NY Jun-Jul

2017 National Juried Exhibition First Street Gallery New York, NY Jun-Jul

Home Lubeznik Art Center Michigan City, IN Jun-Jul

The Peer Show Best Color Cleveland Print Room Cleveland, OH Jun-Jul

Photobook Athens Lustron Stories Benaki Museum - Athens Photo Festival Athens Greece Jun-Jul

Biennale Honorable Mention Art League of Hilton Head Hilton Head, SC May

94th Annual Spring Show Juror’s Award Erie Art Museum Erie, PA May-Jul

Ohioana Book Festival Selected Author Sheraton Columbus Columbus, OH Apr

Fall Line 50 Precious Objects Fall Line Press Gallery Atlanta, GA Apr

PhotoSpiva 2017 Spiva Arts Center Joplin, MO Mar-Apr

Elemental : Fire and Water   Valley Art Center Chagrin Falls, OH       Jan-Feb

FotoFilmic Pulp 04  Pulp Gallery Vancouver, BC Jan-Feb


Ohio Arts Council Visual Arts Registry Juried Show  Columbus Main Library Columbus, OH             Nov-Jan

Home Jurors Award Center for Fine Art Photography Fort Collins, CO Nov-Dec

Power and Politics Filter Gallery Chicago, IL           Sep-Oct

National Juried Exhibition Art Institute and Gallery Salisbury, MD Sep-Oct

The Curated Fridge Photoville Brooklyn, NY             Sep

Art Through the Lens Yeiser Art Center Paducah, KY          Aug-Sep

80th Midyear Butler Art Institute Youngstown, OH           Jul-Aug

Juried Exhibition Zanesville Museum of Art Zanesville, OH Jun-Jul

The River Parkersburg Art Center Parkersburg, WV           Jun-Jul

Decatur Arts Alliance Fine Arts Exhibition Honorable Mention Dalton Gallery Decatur, GA             May-Jun

93rd Annual Spring Show Juror’s Award Erie Art Museum Erie, PA Apr-Jun

Interiors Second Prize New York Center for Photographic Art New York, NY Apr-May

PhotoSpiva 2016 Spiva Arts Center Joplin, MO Mar-Apr


The 2380 Fall Short Film Festival Nightlight Cinema Akron, OH Nov

Ohio Arts Council First Juried Exhibition Riffe Art Gallery Columbus, OH Nov-Dec

Sustenance Artists Archive of the Western Reserve Cleveland, OH Aug-Sep

Rites of Summer RIPE Art Gallery Huntington, NY Aug-Sep

33rd Annual Juried Membership Exhibition Houston Center for Photography Houston, TX Jul-Aug

The Photobook Show Athens Photo Festival Athens Greece Jun-July

Station Hope Muti-media nstallation as part of celebration of the churches’ role in the Underground Railroad.

St. John’s Church Cleveland, OH Apr

Selfie Show Museum of New Art Troy, MI May-Jun

Third Person (co-curator) Cleveland Print Room Cleveland, OH Mar-Apr

Impermanence Heights Arts Cleveland Heights, OH Mar-Apr


What is a Portrait RIPE Art Gallery  Huntington, NY Dec-Jan

95th Toledo Area Artists Toledo Friends of Photography Award Toledo Museum of Art    Toledo, OH  Nov-Jan

The New Now  CCC East Gallery    Cleveland, OH  Sep

OAL Fall Juried Show McConnell Arts Center   Westerville, OH  Oct-Jan

WPGA Summer Show-Best in Category 3rd Biennial of Documentary and fine Art Photography    Malaga Spain Sep-Nov

Pollux Awards Finalist 3rd Biennial of Documentary and fine Art Photography    Malaga Spain Sep-Nov

Eye of the Beholder –Group exhibition curated by John Carlson   Bay-Arts Bay Village, OH  Aug-Sep

The River  Camden Clark Merit Award Parkersburg Art Center Parkersburg, WV  Jul-Aug

Face to Face vhs-photogallerie  Stuttgart GE  Jun-Jul

57th Annual Exhibition   James O'Brian Memorial Award    Chautauqua Institution  Chautauqua, NY  Jun-Jul

78th Mid-Year Exhbition  Butler Institute of American Art  Youngstown, OH  Jul-Aug

Fifth Annual Contemporary Photography Exhibition   Philadelphia Photo Arts Center Philadelphia, PA             Jun-Aug

31st Open Juried Exhibition   Second Place Award Visual Arts Alliance Houston, TX             May-Jun

Decatur Arts Alliance Fine Arts Exhibition   Dalton Gallery Decatur, GA             May-Jun

PhotoSpiva 2103   Third Place Award Spiva Arts Center  Joplin MO   Mar-Apr 


2013 FotoWeekDC International Awards Competition
First Place - Series - IAC Comtemporary LIfe  Washington, DC Nov

013 LVAA PUBLIC Photo Competition
Grand prize Louisville Visual Art Association Louisville, KY Oct-Nov

Art of Photography Show 2013 San Diego Art Institute San Diego, CA Oct-Nov

DIY:Photographers and Books Coumbia College Chicago Chicago, IL Sep-Oct

69th Ohio Annual Zanesville Museum of Art
First Place in Photography  Zanesville, OH Sep-Oct

FotoFilmic ’13 Exhibition Positive/Negative Gallery Vancouver, BC Aug-Sep

Real People 2013 Old Courtthouse Figurative League Woodstock, IL Aug-Sep

19th Juried Members Exhibition Griffin Museum of Photography Winchester, MA July-Sep

2013 Members Juried Exhibition: Broad Spectrum
Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts Wilmington, DE July-Sep

Time Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography Detroit, MI July-Aug

face-to-face Städtische Galerie Iserlohn Iserlohn, Germany  Jul - Aug

77th Annual Midyear Exhibition The Butler Institute of American Art Youngstown, OH  Jun - Aug

photogaphers:network 2013 Siegen Germany Jun-Jul

Home Mpls Photo Center Minneapolis, MN May-Jun

Stories, Memories, Histories The Center for Fine Art Photography Ft. Collins, CO Mar-Apr

PhotoSpiva 2013 Spiva Arts Center Joplin, MO Mar-Apr


DIY: Photographers & Books The Cleveland Museum of Art Cleveland, OH Aug-Dec

Sum of Parts Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography Detroit, MI Sep-Oct

76th Annual Midyear Exhibition The Butler Institute of American Art Youngstown, OH Jun - Aug

Change of Pace Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography Detroit, MI Jun - Jul

#loveNYC Competition Finalist City of New York New York, NY April

Art From the Heartland 2012 Indianapolis Art Center Indianapolis, IN Apr-Jun

PhotoSpiva 2012 Spiva Arts Center Joplin, MO Mar-Apr


Audio/Visual Juried Exhibition New York Photo Festival – powerhouse Arena Brooklyn, NY Oct-Nov

Where in the World Juried Exhibition Mpls Photo Center Minneapolis, MN Oct-Nov

1st Annual Juried Exhibition Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography Detroit, Mi Oct

Moving Beyond Violence and Despair Trinity Commons Cleveland, OH Sep-Nov

 67th Ohio Annual First Place in Photography Zanesville Museum of Art Zanesville, OH July-Sep

Artfutura Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago Chicago, IL June

Members’ May Show Artist’s Archive of the Western Reserve Cleveland, OH May-June

Six State Photography Show
Luciano Award for Architectural Work Firelands Association for the Visual Arts Oberlin, OH March - April

Photospiva 2011 Second Place Award for Body of Work Spiva Center for The Arts Joplin, MO March

New works Gallery Online Silver Eye Center for Photography Pittsburgh, PA March-April

This was followed by an Heinz Enowment interview with me 

Toy Art Exhibition MuBe Sao Paolo, Brazil Jan-Mar

Other Awards

Ohio Art Council Individual Excellence Award for 2017

Artist in Residence – Kala Art Institute, Berkeley CA March 2016

Named one of 50 Fascinating Alumni in 2015 by the Cleveland State University Alumni Association in honor of the university’s fiftieth anniversary

2015-2017 Ohio Governor’s Office and Residence Loan Program

Ohio Art Council Individual Excellence Award for 2015

Critical Mass 2013 Finalist

Chosen for The Art Photography Index



Lustron Stories - Trillium Books, an imprint of The Ohio State University Press, 2016

Precious Objects – King’s Hill Press, 2012

The Album Project – powerHouse Custom Publishing, 2009



Artebella  The Beach featured in Jan 2016 
Lenscratch  Lustron Stories featured in Feb 2015 
Artebella  Lustron Stories featured in Feb 2015  
Aint Bad online magazine Lustron Stories featured in September 2014  Sixth Anniversary Issue


Fraction Magazine Issue 62

Landslide 2011 – The Cultural Landscape Foundation

Calendar and website http://tclf.org 

Fluxface in Space – Exhibit and book edited by Cecil Touchon - 2010

KATALOG 22.2 Magazine - 2010

View Camera Magazine – March/April 2010 Cover and article

Muse Literary Magazine – May 2009 Cover



Every Place

AnnArbor.com – September 2012


“Argus Museum hosting powerful, personal photo exhibit on foreclosure crisis”

Cleveland Plain Dealer – July 2011 http://www.cleveland.com/arts/index.ssf/2011/07/charles_j_mintz_every_place_i.html

" 'Charles J. Mintz: Every Place I Have Ever Lived' exhibit brings the foreclosure crisis home”

The Album Project

Cleveland Plain Dealer – July 2009 http://www.cleveland.com/arts/index.ssf/2009/06/chuck_mintzs_album_project_lea.html

"Mintz is obviously a serious photographer with considerable technical ability, intellect and drive.....a serious photographer whose work demands equally serious attention."

Cleveland Scene – July 2009


"...there is a rare universality in Mintz's photographs."



Food for Good Thought – Autism and Arts Festival

Columbus, OH

April 2017


Ohioana Book Festival

Columbus, OH

April 2017


VSA Ohio – Arts and Autism Conference

Columbus, OH

September 2016


American Music Therapy Association National Conference

Cleveland OH

November 2010


Milestones Autism Organization Annual Conference

Cleveland OH

June 2010


Pecha Kucha Cleveland #5

The Album Project

September 2009


B&H Photo Event Space – New York

The Album Project

August 2009