2019 Falls Church “Scenes in the City” Plein Air Juror – Glen Kessler

This year’s juror is Glen Kessler. He has juried shows for the Potomac Valley Watercolorists, Gallery Underground in Crystal City, the Torpedo Factory, Art League of Germantown, Montgomery Art Association, Olney Art Association, Capitol Hill Arts League, and the Frederick Arts Council, among many others. He has also been written up in Professional Artist Magazine (Jun/Jul 2016) for his logical and trusted jurying process.

Glen says, “I am proud to serve as juror for the 10th Annual Falls Church ‘Scenes in the City’ Plein Air Festival. As a DC native, this area’s beauty and power is of particular interest to me. And the urban jungle presents its own unique challenges. Seeing how these artists find and interpret Falls Church will be a gift to all who come to enjoy this festival. I can’t wait to share in this experience.”

More Information on our juror

Glen Kessler painting lavender

Glen painting lavender

Glen Kessler is an internationally collected and awarded artist as well as the founder of The Compass Atelier in Rockville, Maryland. Kessler has an MFA from New York Academy of Art and a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art. His works have graced the cover of Professional Artist magazine and have appeared in Artists Magazine among other publications. He has work in the public collections of Prince Charles, Amazon Web Services, Ford’s Theater, Capital One Bank, and Dominion Bank, as well as hundreds of private collections around the world. He is a two-time recipient of the Elizabeth Greenshields Grant for Outstanding Figurative Art, a Prince of Wales Fellow, and a Maryland State Arts Council Grant awardee. He is also a life-long teacher, having taught at Maryland Institute College of Art, George Washington University, George Mason University, and others. In 2013 he founded The Compass Atelier in Rockville, Maryland, in order to teach a cohesive curriculum of artistic study of his own design. The school and its unique curriculum are proving to be a game-changer, taking students, many of whom had little to no prior experience, to a professional practice in just three years of part-time study. Recent graduates have gone on to earn top prizes, regularly sell their work, and gain gallery representation.