Charles Kessler

About me

Introduction I’ve had a varied career. I started off in the Graduate School of Business at UCLA then transferred to the Art History Department where I wrote my MA thesis on Clyfford Still. I taught Art History for several years at various colleges in Los Angeles, and I also wrote art criticism (mainly for Art in America) and curated exhibitions. During this time I started painting, ending up making art full-time for more than forty years. In 1982 My wife and I moved to Jersey City where I started a studio tour, and co-founded The Cathedral Arts Festival and an artist organization called Pro Arts. In addition, for twelve years I worked as a citizen-activist to convert an historic warehouse district in Downtown Jersey City into an arts and entertainment district - the Powerhouse Arts District (PAD). I’m pleased to say that, except for the heartbreak of the PAD, they have all taken on lives of their own and are still going strong. Currently I’m focusing on which is giving me a lot of joy.