charles-houskaPop-artist Charles Houska (pronounced House-ka) has been a working artist for more than 20 years and now has his own studio/gallery, HouskaGallery in St.Louis, Mo. which is his home base.

Born and raised in Springfield, Illinois, Houska earned a bachelor’s degree in art/visual communication from Illinois State University in 1987, and worked as a graphic designer in Chicago for a few years. He was pleasantly surprised to find that his own art was connecting with people, so he moved back to Springfield to work more on his paintings, gradually moving on to St. Louis Mo.

Besides his acrylic-on-canvas artworks, Houska paints murals and fiberglass sculptures, his art has appeared in a variety of forms, from credit cards to city buses. Major corporations, including Emerson Electric Co., St. Louis Children’s Hospital, Absolut Vodka, and Bergners Co., have commissioned Houska to create artwork for their specific needs. In addition, Houska now has a line of merchandise, which include t-shirts, greeting cards, magnets and more which can be ordered from his online SHOP.

Perhaps one of Houska’s favorite projects is his work with school-age children through a program he calls Houskaballoo, in which he collaborates with students on mural projects in their schools. Houska also involves himself with charitable organizations, especially those dealing with animals, such as PAWS, Stray Rescue and The Humane Society.


  • PHD Gallery, St.Louis, MO
  • State Street Gallery, Chicago, IL
  • Belmont Theater Building, Chicago, IL
  • Levi, Ray, Shoup Building, Springfield, IL
  • New Leaf Cafe, Springfield, IL
  • Carson Pirie Scott, Chicago, IL
  • Sue Thompson Art Gallery, Springfield, IL
  • Montserrat Gallery, New York, NY
  • The Sangamo Club, Springfield, IL
  • The 606, Austin, TX
  • Signature Arts Gallery, Springfield, IL
  • Robbie’s, Decatur, IL
  • Joy Horwich Gallery, Chicago, IL
  • Illinois State Museum, Springfield, IL
  • Springfield College in Illinois
  • Nova Gallery, Decatur, IL
  • Design Group, St. Louis, MO
  • SIU School of Medicine
  • Springfield Art Association
  • University of Illinois at Springfield
  • R. Duane Reed Gallery, St. Louis, MO
  • R. Duane Reed Gallery, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
  • P.A.W.S./Houskaballoo Fundraising Exhibit, St. Louis, MO
  • TriArt Gallery, Louisville, KY
  • California Fine Arts Gallery, Boca Raton, FL
  • Carillon Importers (Absolut Vodka), New York, NY
  • Harpo Studios, Chicago, IL
  • Jim Beam Co., Chicago, IL
  • Bank of Springfield. Spingfield, IL
  • P.A. Bergner Co., Milwaukee, WI
  • Childrens Hospital, St. Louis, MO
  • Emerson Electric, St. Louis, MO
  • Illinois State Museum, Spfld, IL
  • Creator of the product line and mail order catalog (T-Shirts, Greetings Cards, Mugs, Posters)
Special Commissions
  • Wings Butterfly fiberglass sculpture St. Louis, MO
  • Childrens Hospital Fiberglass Bollard Cover Sculptures, St. Louis, MO
  • Bank of Springfield BOS dog mascot
  • Absolut Houska, Vodka Advertisment
  • Corkscrew Wine Emporium Mural
  • A.A.T.P. Products
  • AIDS Walk Logo
  • SIU School of Medicine T-Shirt
  • PAWS St. Louis LOGO design
  • St. Louis City Bus
  • Horace Mann Insurance Brochures
  • First Night Poster, Springfield
  • Illinois Board of Education Awareness Art
  • Springfield City Bus
  • Arts in Transit City Bus, St. Louis, MO
  • Laclede’s Landing Outdoor Sculpture, St. Louis, MO
  • First Night Springfield Parade Float
  • Decatur School District Mural Project, Decatur, IL
  • State of Illinois License Plates, Limited Edition
  • Children’s Hospital Entrance Doors, St.Louis, MO
  • Cocktails for Life LOGO
  • St. Louis Marathon T-Shirt Design
  • Gateway Mens Chorus Concert
  • Lobby Mural, Illinois State Museum, Springfield, IL
  • Green Festival City Bus, St. Louis, MO