Young Jesse KlineAfter earning a double master’s degree in Art History and Museum Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University, I moved back to Auburn to take ownership of the house I grew up in – humorously coined the “Hotel-No-Tell,” for all the parties I hosted.

Post working full-time “day jobs,” in 2004 I dropped down to part-time to follow my dream of being a creative consultant. Since that time, I have completed exciting residential & commercial design projects and public art installations, and dabbled in stage/set and fashion design and special event decor.

Being a decorator, upgrading my home is a full-time endeavor. I’ve worked with numerous local artists to achieve a rainbow/kaleidoscope affect, with murals on all the walls, ceilings, archways and hallways. There are at least 30 different colors going on in there! These unique effects caught the attention of a producer for HGTV’s Offbeat America show, and my home debuted the opening season for the show in 2007.

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In the spring of 2010, Dave Tobin and I trained with mosaic artist Isaiah Zagar, in Philadelphia. When we returned, I launched Art for Auburn, with generous support from the Stardust Foundation of Central New York. We’ve since engaged hundreds of volunteers of all ages & backgrounds to create public art in downtown Auburn. We have numerous projects under our belt, and many more in the hopper. I continue to be inspired to make Auburn a better place to live, work and play, as an artist, and as Assistant Director of the Downtown Auburn BID, where I’ve been happily employed since 2010.

Many people find it hard to believe I’ve made Auburn my home. Since moving back, I’ve become very dedicated to my community. I had a wonderful experience growing up in Auburn, and I came back to give back. I find actions speak louder than words… Be the change you want to see!

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