Jules Kirschenbaum (1930–2000) was born in New York in 1930. He studied at the Brooklyn Museum Art School and at the Hans Hoffman School. In 1953 he had his first one-man exhibition at the Salpeter Gallery in New York City and won the Hallgarten Prize at The National Academy of Design. In 1956 he married artist Cornelis Ruhtenberg. That same year Kirschenbaum was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study in Florence, Italy, where he remained until 1958.

He moved to Des Moines with his family in 1963 to assume the position of artist-in-residence at the Des Moines Art Center. In 1967 he was appointed associate professor of art at Drake University, becoming a full professor in 1970. While teaching at Drake, Kirschenbaum pursued his painting career, exhibiting in many group and one-man exhibitions throughout the country and in Japan and Italy.

He has won numerous awards for his work, and is represented in such well-known public collections as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Des Moines Art Center; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; the National Academy of Design, New York; and the Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio.

Bio courtesy of www.drake.edu