Born in Calgary, Alberta, Charley Young holds an MFA (2014) from the Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine and a BFA (2008) from NSCAD University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Charley is Regular Part-Time Faculty at NSCAD University where she teaches drawing and printmaking. Charley has also taught at Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick.
As an interdisciplinary artist, her work focuses on indexical modes of working through drawing, printmaking, and sculpture to create site-specific, socially engaged installations. To date, her work includes large-scale monoprints of historic building facades, intimate portraits of vanishing Arctic ice and small-scale hand casts that record the space between clasped hands of new immigrants.
Charley has been an artist-in-residence at The Tides Institute and Museum of Art (2017), The Arctic Circle Program (2014), The Banff Centre (2013), The Vermont Studio Centre (2013), Spark Box Studios (2013), Klondike Institute for Arts and Culture (2012).
Charley has been fortunate to receive support from Arts Nova Scotia and has artwork in the collection of the Global Affairs Canada, Nova Scotia Art Bank and private collections. In 2012 she received the Charlotte Wilson-Hammond/ Visual Arts Nova Scotia Award and the Lieutenants Governor Award presented by the Nova Scotia Talent Trust. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in solo and group exhibitions. Charley works out of her studio located in the North End of Halifax.