History of KJE
Welcome to Kimball-Jenkins School of Art & Estate. Originally the private residence of a prominent Concord family, the elegant Kimball-Jenkins Estate is now home to the growing Kimball-Jenkins School of Art. In 1981, the last heir of the Kimball-Jenkins line, Carolyn Jenkins, left the Estate to a non-profit trust with directions that it "be used for cultural and educational purposes, including the encouragement of art." In keeping with her wishes we are now a thriving visual arts school, the Kimball-Jenkins School of Art.
Today, all of the buildings have been refitted to provide galleries, private studios, and studio classrooms for drawing, painting, ceramics, photography, woodworking, and sculpture. The formal Mansion, graced with the original Victorian details, houses the Jill Coldren-Wilson Gallery, exhibiting regional and national art of historical significance. The Carolyn Jenkins Gallery exhibits contemporary work of regional and national artists.
In addition, both Galleries and the gardens are available for private events, including wedding receptions, corporate meetings, and social gatherings. And yet, in the midst of all this activity, the historic buildings are carefully maintained and the gardens and grounds meticulously groomed to preserve the feel of an elegant and very private Victorian estate.