kerns, Lester

<p><strong><em>Lester Kern</em></strong><em> </em><em>is a native of Milwaukee Wisconsin, who now resides in Stone Mountain Georgia.&nbsp; His interest in art developed at around three years of age. This interest was so intense that his parents bought him a small chalk board to divert his attention away from the walls and important papers. This plan worked, and a young artist was born.</em></p>



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<p><em>Equally at home as a fine artist, cartoonist or commercial illustrator, his first published works appeared at age thirteen. </em></p>



<p><em>By sixteen he was employed part-time as a staff cartoonist for a small weekly newspaper. He went on <a href="http://lesterkerndesigns.homestead.com/BIOGRAPHY.html#">to win</a> several awards locally, and was eventually awarded a full <a href="http://lesterkerndesigns.homestead.com/BIOGRAPHY.html#">art scholarship</a> to the </em><strong><em>University of Wisconsin</em></strong><em> where he received his formal education (BFA).</em></p>



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<p><em>After college he accepted a position as an art director for a newly established community newspaper that offered him a small budget, but full creative license. The results would be a host of awards, including three first place awards through the National <a href="http://lesterkerndesigns.homestead.com/BIOGRAPHY.html#">Newspaper Publishers</a> Association</em><strong><em> (NNPA)</em></strong><em>, for best editorial cartoonist.</em></p>



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<p><em>After several years of working as an director for various magazines and design studios he started a syndicated political cartoons called </em><strong><em>&quot;Lester&#39;s World&quot;</em></strong><em> that was circulated to forty-three newspapers nationally.</em></p>



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<p><em>Because of his diverse background, Lester&#39;s artistic style can be described as &quot;extremely versatile.&quot; As an artist he views himself as many components that create the whole and therefore refuses to be categorized or &quot;locked&quot; into any one particular style. Lester will admit however, that whatever the style he chooses, his works reflect a strong sense of spirituality, ethnic pride and a joyful celebration of this &quot;chalkboard&quot; we call life.</em></p>



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