Glen Kessler is an internationally collected and awarded artist as well as the founder of The Compass Atelier in Rockville, MD. Kessler has a MFA from New York Academy of Art and a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art. His work is in the public collections of Prince Charles, Amazon Web Services, Ford’s Theater, Capital One Bank, Dominion Bank, as well as hundreds of private collections around the world. He is a 2-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 left academia to found The Compass Atelier in Rockville, MD, to better serve his students through an innovative curriculum that streamlines the process of becoming a professional artist. He has juried and curated dozens of shows and is sought out for his ability to educate while offering feedback to aspiring artists.