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    Artist Statement

    Glen Kessler is an artist who is passionate about craftsmanship and conceptual depth in his work. Whether he is exploring how to embody his sitter's character in a portrait or how to create subtle analogies of our modern age through computer circuitry or children's toys, his eye and hand are trained to look deeper!

    His artwork has been collected widely across the US and abroad, published in national magazines, and been awarded top prizes like the Elizabeth Greenshields Grant for Outstanding Figurative Work.

    He is also the founder and director of The Compass Atelier, a revolutionary art school in Rockville, MD that teaches the Master Artist Program among other classes.

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    Contact

    Email - GlenKesslerArt@gmail.com

    Facebook - ‘Glen Kessler Art and Teaching’ 

    Twitter - @GlenKessler 

    Linked In - Glen Kessler

     

    Education

    MFA, Painting  New York Academy of Art  summa cum laude, 2005

    BFA, Painting  Maryland Institute College of Art  summa cum laude, 1998

    Yale at Norfolk Summer School of Art, 1997

     

    Awards

    Second Place - “Small Works Show”  Gallery North  Edmonds, WA, 2017

     Honorable Mention – “Art As Politics”  Touchstone Gallery Washington, DC, 2016 

    Juror: Jayme McLellan, Civilian Art Project

    Winner of the 1st Annual Invitational Category  “Paint the Town Art Show”  Kensington Armory  Kensington, MD, 2015

    Artist of the Month – August  TheArtList.com, 2015

    Finalist – Abstract/Experimental Category  “The Artist’s Magazine 32nd Annual Art Competition”, 2015

    Montgomery County Grant to Individual Artist, 2015

    Finalist – Abstract/Experimental Category  “The Artist’s Magazine 27th Annual Art Competition”, 2014

    Semi-finalist – Bethesda Painting Awards  Bethesda, MD, 2014

    Honorable Mention – “Regional Juried Exhibition”  Hill Center Galleries  Washington, DC, 2014

         Juror: Phillip Kennicott, chief Art and Architecture Critic of The Washington Post

    Honorable Mention – “Remade/Recycled” Washington ArtWorks Gallery  Rockville, MD, 2014

    Award of Merit – “Mid-Atlantic Art Exhibition”  d’Art Center  Norfolk, VA, 2014

    Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award in Visual Arts: Painting, 2013

    Best In Show, “Paint the Town Art Show 2013”  Kensington Armory  Kensington, MD, 2013

    Second Place – “Regional Juried Exhibition”  Hill Center Galleries  Washington DC, 2013

        Juror: Jack Rassmussen, Director and Curator of the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center

    Third Prize - “Will’s Creek Survey”  Saville Gallery  Cumberland, MD, 2013

        Juror: Lauren Schell Dickens, assistant curator of contemporary art at the Corcoran Gallery of Art

    First Place – Abstract/Experimental Category  “The Artist’s Magazine 27th Annual Art Competition”, 2012

    First Place – Paintings, “National Juried Exhibition”  Lancaster County Art Association  Strasburg, PA, 2012

    Best In Show, “15th Annual Celebration of the Arts”  Montpelier Center for Arts and Education, 2012

    Best In Show, “Paint the Town Art Show 2012”  Kensington Armory  Kensington, MD, 2012

    Prince of Wales Fellowship for travel to Balleroy, France, 2004

    Top Scholarship New York Academy of Art, 2003

    Elizabeth Greenshields Grant, 1998 & 2000

    Numerous Best in Show Awards  Maryland Federation of Art, 1999-2003

    Ellen Battell Stoeckel Fellowship for study at Yale University Summer School, 1997

     

    Solo Exhibitions

    New Masters Art Gallery  Rockville, MD, 2017 (upcoming)

    Hillyer Art Space  Washington, DC, 2015

    Popcorn Gallery @ Glen Echo Park  Glen Echo, MD, 2014

    Fisher Gallery @ NVCC  Alexandria, VA, 2014

    “A Modern Perspective”  Blackrock Center for the Arts  Germantown, MD, 2013

    "The Modern World"  Hill Center Galleries  Washington, DC, 2013

    “The Modern World”  Montpelier Center for the Arts  Montpelier, VA, 2013

    “Command-Shift-3”  Yellow Barn Gallery  Glen Echo, MD, 2012

    “Seasons Change”  The Arts Barn  Kentlands, MD, 2009

    “The Inherent Distortion of Perception”  Yellow Barn Gallery  Glen Echo, MD, 2008

    “Maryland Landscapes”  Carroll County Art Council  Westminster, MD, 2001

    “Figures and Other Works”  Maryland Federation of Art City Gallery  Baltimore, MD, 2000

    “Attic Space”  Plaza Artist Materials  Rockville, MD, 1999

    “Landscapes”  Maryland Federation of Art Gallery on the Circle  Annapolis, MD, 1998

    “Recent Landscapes”  Cafe Monet  Kensington, MD, 1996

    “Recent Work”  The Yellow Barn Gallery  Glen Echo, MD, 1995

     

    Group Exhibitions

    "National Juried Show"  Delaplaine Visual Arts Center  Frederick, MD, 2017

    “Small Works Show”  Gallery North  Edmonds, WA, 2017

    “TAG squared”  The Artists Gallery  Frederick, MD, 2017

    “Local Art, Local Eats”  Principle Gallery  Alexandria, VA, 2017

    “At 2(Two)”  Artists & Makers Studios  Rockville, MD, 2017

    “Small Works”  New Masters Art Gallery  Rockville, MD, 2017

    “Size Doesn’t Matter”  Glave Kocen Gallery  Richmond, VA, 2017

    “Small Works” Principle Gallery  Alexandria VA, 2016

    “Grand Opening Exhibition” New Masters Art Gallery  Rockville, MD, 2016

    “Under 500” Maryland Art Place  Baltimore, MD, 2016

    “35th Anniversary Exhibition” Maryland Art Place  Baltimore, MD, 2016

    “Artomatic”  Potomac, VA, 2016

    “Small Works”  Yellow Barn Gallery  Glen Echo, MD, 2016

    “25th Annual National Exhibition”  Art Institute & Gallery  Salisbury, MD, 2016

    “Art As Politics”  Touchstone Gallery  Washington, DC, 2016

    “Maryland Artist Registry Juried Exhibition”  Maryland Art Place  Baltimore, MD, 2016

    “Paint the Town Art Show 2015”  Kensington Armory  Kensington, MD, 2015

    “9th Annual Summer Exhibition”  Flowers Gallery  New York, NY, 2015

    “Regional Juried Exhibition”  Hill Center Galleries  Washington, DC, 2015

    “DC Realists: The Best Realists from the DC Area” Artworks Fine Art Studio  Bethesda, MD, 2015

    “Size Doesn’t Matter”  GlaveKocen Gallery  Richmond, VA, 2015

    “Urban Aspect”  Principle Gallery  Alexandria VA, 2014

    “Affordable Art Fair”  The Tunnel  New York, NY, 2014

    “Faculty Exhibition”  MICA  Baltimore, MD, 2014

    “Remade/Recycled”  Washington ArtWorks  Rockville, MD, 2014

    “Regional Juried Exhibition”  Hill Center Galleries  Washington, DC, 2014

    “Burst of Color”  Capitol Arts Network  Rockville, MD, 2014

    “Gateway to Imagination:  A National Juried Art Competition”, Farmington Museum  Farmington, NM, 2014

    “Mid-Atlantic Art Exhibition”  d’Art Center  Norfolk, VA, 2014

    “24th Annual National Juried Art Exhibition”  Academy of Fine Arts, Lynchburg, VA, 2014

    “24 + 24”  Waverly Street Gallery  Bethesda, MD, 2014

    “Paint the Town Art Show 2013”  Kensington Armory  Kensington, MD, 2013

    “#WeTweetArt”  artdc.com gallery  Hyattsville, MD, 2013

    “Will’s Creek Survey”  Saville Gallery  Cumberland, MD, 2013

    “AWSome Art Show”  Amazon Web Services  Herndon, VA, 2013

    “MICA--Then/Now”  Kunsthalle Beacon  Beacon, NY, 2013

    “Summer Exhibition 2013”  Allegra LaViola Gallery  New York, NY, 2013

    “MD Art @ College Park”  The Art Gallery @ UMD  College Park, MD, 2013

    “Regional Juried Exhibition”  Hill Center Galleries  Washington, DC, 2013

    “Annual National Juried Art Exhibition”  Academy of Fine Arts  Lynchburg, VA, 2013

    “Masur Museum of Art 50th Annual Juried Competition”  Masur Museum of Art  Monroe, LA, 2013

    “Single Fare 3”  RH Gallery  New York, NY, 2013

    “Life’s Impressions”  The Writer’s Center  Bethesda, MD, 2013

    “Small Wonders”  MFA Gallery on the Circle  Annapolis, MD, 2012

    “Paint the Town Art Show 2012”  Kensington Armory  Kensington, MD, 2012 *

    “Berks Art Alliance 35th Annual Open Juried Art Exhibition” GoggleWorks Center for the Arts  Reading, PA, 2012

    “XL-XS”  The Art Gallery @ UMD  College Park, MD, 2012

    “2012 Summer Show”  Flowers Gallery  New York, NY, 2012

    “Lancaster County Art Association National Juried Exhibition” Lancaster County Art Association  Strasburg, PA, 2012 *

    “101st Annual Exhibition, Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts”  Mystic Arts Center  Mystic, CT, 2012

    “Art-o-Matic”  Arlington, VA, 2012

    “15th Annual Celebration of the Arts”  Montpelier Center for Arts and Education  Montpelier, VA, 2012 *

    “Art-o-Matic”  Frederick, MD, 2011

    “25 Emerging Artists To Watch”  Yellow Barn Gallery  Glen Echo, MD, 2011

    *=Best In Show

     

    Collections

    HRH, The Prince of Wales

    Ford’s Theatre

    Capital One Bank

    Dominion Bank

    Amazon Web Services

    The George Washington University, Trustee

    Yale University, Trustee

    Boston University

    Maryland Institute College of Art

    St. Mary’s College of Maryland

    Hundred of private collections throughout US, Canada, UK, France, Israel, Australia

     

    Teaching Experience

    The Compass Atelier  Rockville, MD  2013-present

    Capitol Arts Network/Washington ArtWorks  Rockville, MD, 2013-2015

    Yellow Barn Studio  Glen Echo, MD, 2008-2015

    Maryland Institute College of Art  Baltimore, MD, 2007-2014

    George Mason University  Fairfax, VA, 2006-08

    George Washington University  Washington, DC, 2006-07

    Maryland Institute College of Art Pre-College Program  Baltimore, MD, 2001-06

    Yellow Barn Studio  Glen Echo, MD, 2001

    Boston University  Boston, MA, 2000-01

    Maryland Institute College of Art (Teaching Assistant) Baltimore, MD, 1998

    Sparrows Point High School (Artist-in-Residence)  Essex, MD, 1998

    Tilghman Island Painting Workshop  Tilghman Island, MD, 1996

     

    Juror Experience

    Resident Artist Review Panel  Torpedo Factory  Alexandria, VA, 2017

    “Cabin Fever”  Art League of Germantown  Kentlands, MD, 2017

    “Summer Show” Capitol Hill Art League  Washington, DC, 2016

    “40th Annual Member’s Show”  Olney Art Association  Olney, MD, 2014

    “Paint The Town”  Montgomery Art Association  Kensington, MD, 2014

    “Women’s Club of Potomac Open Exhibition”  Potomac, MD, 2014

    “Cityscapes”  Leading Artists Gallery  online, 2013

    “Frederick Festival of the Arts” Frederick Arts Council Frederick, MD, 2012

    “Art Competition Color & Light”  Leading Artists Gallery  online, 2012

    “Barnstormer’s Paint Out”  Frederick County Landmarks Foundation  Frederick, MD, 2010

    “Annual Members Exhibition”  Rockville Art League  Rockville, MD, 2010

    “Annual Private School Exhibition”  Landon School  Bethesda, MD, 2009

    “8th Annual Montgomery County High School Show”  Yellow Barn Gallery  Glen Echo, MD, 2008

    “Gaithersburg Fine Arts Association Annual Show”  Kentlands Mansion  Gaithersburg, MD, 2008

     

    Curatorial Experience

    “14th Annual Yellow Barn High School Student Art Exhibition”  Yellow Barn Gallery  Glen Echo, MD, 2013

    "Life’s Impressions”  The Writer’s Center  Bethesda, MD, 2013

    “Making Their Mark”  Yellow Barn Gallery  Glen Echo, MD, 2012

    “25 Emerging Artists To Watch”  Yellow Barn Gallery  Glen Echo, MD, 2011

    “Faces of the Future”  Yellow Barn Gallery  Glen Echo, MD, 2010

    “Not Your Everyday Sunday Painters”  Yellow Barn Gallery  Glen Echo, MD, 2008

     

    Lectures/Presentations

    “How To See And Mix Color With Certainty”  Laurel Art Guild  Laurel, MD, 2016

    “How To See And Mix Color With Certainty”  Montgomery Art Association  Rockville, MD, 2016

    “How To See And Mix Color With Certainty”  Gaithersburg Fine Art Association  Montgomery Village, MD, 2015

    “Marketing Strategies for Emerging Artists”  Montgomery Art Association  Rockville, MD, 2015

    “Old Master Techniques”  Olney Art Association  Olney, MD, 2015

    “How Jurors Think”  Montgomery Art Association  Rockville, MD, 2014

    “Marketing Strategies for Emerging Artists”  Gaithersburg Fine Arts Association  Montgomery Village, MD, 2014

    “Meaning in Art”  Rockville Art League  Rockville, MD, 2013

    “Photography in the Service of Painting”  Art League of Germantown  Germantown, MD, 2013

    “Major Café”  Maryland Institute College of Art, 2013

    “Photography in the Service of Painting”  Gaithersburg Fine Arts Association  Montgomery Village, MD, 2012

    “Glen Kessler Art and Teaching”  Rockville High School  Rockville, MD, 2012

    “Major Café” Maryland Institute College of Art, 2011

    “Color Theory”  Gaithersburg Fine Arts Association  Montgomery Village, MD, 2010

     

    Press

    “East City Artnotes: Art as Politics at Touchstone Gallery” by Eric Hope http://www.eastcityart.com/reviews/east-city-artnotes-art-politics-touchstone-gallery/, 2016

    “The Beholder’s Eye”  Professional Artist Magazine  by Lis Zadravec, 2016

    “Artist Interview: Glen Kessler”  Lori Anne Boocks: Abstract Paintings, Interviews, and More  by Lori Anne Boocks & Glen Kessler, 2015

    Professional Artist Magazine, June/July issue (cover art & article)  ‘Marketing Plan: Artist Case Study’  by Jodi Walsh, 2014

    Artsyshark.com  ‘What’s the Best Way to Learn Art’  by Glen Kessler  http://www.artsyshark.com/2014/04/17/whats-the-best-way-to-learn-art/, 2014

    Artists Speak  ‘The Academy Program: What if You Never Had to Take an Art Class Again?’  by Bora Mici  http://arttistsspeak.blogspot.com/2014/02/the-academy-program-what-if-you-never.html, 2014

    Artsyshark.com  ‘Featured Artist Glen Kessler’  by Carolyn Edlund  http://www.artsyshark.com/2013/08/02/featured-artist-glen-kessler/, 2013

    Ergo  ‘Re-Wired: An Interview with Artist Glen Kessler’  by Ariel Hsu, 2013

    Artsyshark.com  ‘Create Your Own Art Book’  by Carolyn Edlund  http://www.artsyshark.com/2013/04/05/art-book/, 2013

    Bethesda Magazine  ‘Capitol Arts Network’, 2013

    The Artist’s Magazine  ‘29th Annual Arts Competition Winners’ www.artistsmagazine.com, 2012

    ‘Art-o-matic 2012: The Review!!’  by Lenny Campello http://dcartnews.blogspot.com/2012/06/artomatic-2012-review.html, 2012

    Bethesda Patch  ‘Creating Collaborative Artwork At Yellow Barn’ by Bora Mici http://bethesda.patch.com/articles/coming-together-again, 2012

    Artists Speak   Interview with Bora Mici  http://arttistsspeak.blogspot.com/2012/03/glen-kessler.html, 2012

    Potomac Gazette  ‘Painting the Town’ by Topher Forhecz http://www.gazette.net/article/20110831/ENTERTAINMENT/708319928/1153/1153/painting-  the-town&template=gazette, 2011

    The Yellow Barn Studio and Gallery Official Weblog  http://yellowbarnstudio.blogspot.com/2011_02_01_archive.html, 2011

    Bethesda Patch  ‘Yellow Barn Embraces Environmental Stewardship’ by Bora Mici http://bethesda.patch.com/articles/yellow-barn-embraces-environmental- stewardship, 2011

    Potomac Gazette  ‘Yellow Barn Studio in Glen Echo introduces students to a world of color’ by Cody Calamaio http://ww2.gazette.net/stories/01262011/chevnew205151_32547.php, 2011

    Bethesda Patch  ‘Artwork Comes to Life at Yellow Barn’ by Bora Mici http://bethesda.patch.com/articles/artwork-comes-to-life-at-yellow-barn, 2011

    Bethesda Magazine  ‘Creative Juices’ by Steve Roberts http://www.bethesdamagazine.com/Bethesda-Magazine/July-August- 2008/Creative-Juices/, 2008

    Carroll County Gazette  Review of exhibition at Carroll County Art Council, 2001

    Maryland Institute College of Art Catalog   Feature article and artwork reproduced, 1999

    The Baltimore Sun   ‘Licensed reproduction At the BMA, students learn from the masters by reproducing their work - stroke by stroke’ by Glenn McNatt http://articles.baltimoresun.com/1998-07-12/features/1998193005_1_painting- copying-museum-of-art, 1998