Literary Arts, Visual Arts
Artist StatementI love printmaking, graphic design and kids.
Carroll (Jack) Kehne was born in Frederick, Maryland.. He attended Parkway Elementary, Elm Street Junior High School and graduated from Frederick High School in 1956. Carroll graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD in 1960. Carroll served in the U.S. Army Reserves from 1960 – 1966 and finished his service as a Sergent. He was recruited from MICA by the James E. Smith Packaging Company, Baltimore, MD as it’s first package designer. Carroll turned to teach art education at Brunswick High School in 1962 after being hired by the FCPS. In 1965 he transferred to the new Governor Thomas Johnson High School and became Art Department Chair while teaching junior and senior high art, printmaking and advertising design till 1972.
While teaching, Carroll continued his own education and received his Master’s Degree in “Art Education” from Towson University in 1969. He designed a children’s picture book, “A Tug of War” while doing his masters project. Carroll became the Supervisor of Art in 1972 for the Frederick County Public School System. He worked on curriculum design and evaluation in this position held for 25 years, retiring in 1997. Carroll has always had an interest in doing series artworks and held several one-man shows in Frederick, MD.
Carroll then continued his work as an artist at home after retirement working on watercolors, woodcut printing and collecting old prints. In 2002 he moved with his wife Donna to Stevensville located on Kent Island, MD. It was there, near the Chesapeake Bay, that his idea and concept for a new picture book “Buried Treasure, a Pirate’s Tale” originated. The title was purchased by Tidewater Publishers in 2008 and later in 2010 was purchased by Schiffer Publishing.
Carroll and Donna moved back to Frederick County, MD in 2011. He has continued his interests in printmaking, painting, graphics, writing and volunteering. Carroll’s earlier silkscreen art show titled “In the Beginning” is the illustrations used in his newest picture book, “Mommy, who made Earth.” published by Xlibris Publishing.
Mr. Kehne has always volunteered through out his career for his community and arts education. He is Past President of the Maryland Art Education Association. Carroll is a founding member and Past President of the Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center in Frederick, Md. He is a founding member of the Children’s Rose Hill Manor Children’s Museum. He also served on the Frederick County’s 200th Celebration of the American Revolution Committee in 1976.
Carroll is a Co-Chair of his Frederick High School Class of 1956 Reunion Committee and has served on the committee since 1965. His work as an artist allowed him to design the reunion program covers and bookets. Today, Carroll serves as a member of the FHS Archive’s Committee preserving files, documents and photos for the new FHS Alumni room, slated to open in 2017. He is a member of the Frederick County Retired School Personnel Assoc. Presently, Carroll serves as President of the Village at Foxfield HOA in Middletown, MD.
Carroll’s love for the arts and community shows in all his works. He is married to Donna Price Kehne and has two children; Kevin and his wife Cindy and Kelisa Kehne-Cliff and her husband CJ.