Charles Wheeler Locke, painter, lithographer, illustrator and teacher, was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on August 31, 1899. He studied at the Ohio Mechanic Institute, which became known as the Cincinnati Art Academy. Further studies were in New York at the Art Students’ League with Joseph Pennell. He also studied with Herman Henry Wessel and John Ellsworth Weis.
Locke taught lithography at the Art Students’ League between 1922 and 1937. He was a member of the National Academy of Design, Society of American Etchers, American Print Makers, American Society of Painters, Sculptors and Gravers, and the Century Club. He was awarded grants from the Tiffany Foundation and the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Museum collections that hold Locke’s work include the British Museum, the Library of Congress, Whitney Museum of American Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Phillips Collection, Dartmouth College, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Amon Carter Museum, and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.