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Posted March 2, 2016 by Editorial Staff in Business
 
 

[PROFILE] In 25 Words or Less: Karen Jenkins (Retail: Visual Arts)

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Karen Jenkins

Bay Area Personalities • Key Influencers • Arts, Community and Business Leaders • Industry Experts. What makes them tick? Find out . . . In 25 Words or Less


Posted: March 2, 2016

THE BASICS

Editor’s Note: Karen is the owner of the only African American owned art gallery in San Francisco.

Name: Karen Jenkins-Johnson • Nickname: KJJ
Age: 50s • Status: Married • Kids: Yes
Place of Birth: Portland, Oregon • Raised: Portland, Oregon
Professional Background: I worked as a CPA for 7 years in the 80s and moved into art shortly after receiving my MBA from the Haas School of Business in 1989. After working for other galleries for 6 years, I opened my gallery in its current location in 1996.
Website: jenkinsjohnsongallery.com
Contact/Follow: EmailTwitterInstagram
25 WORDS OR LESS: WORK
Job(s) held that is most unlike what I currently do now: CPA; YMCA Camp Counselor.
Field: Visual Art
Title: Owner
Company: Jenkins Johnson Gallery – San Francisco, CA
What it does and what I do: We are an art gallery working internationally. I am the principal. We represent artists from around the world.
Current Big Project: A Portraiture exhibition for the gallery, broadening the roster of artists to include conceptual and abstract artists, and adding emerging artists of color.
Additional: Former Auditor at Price Waterhouse (certified public accounting firm) in Seattle, WA
25 WORDS OR LESS: PROFESSIONAL PERSPECTIVE
Significant Challenge (business/professional): Being a gallerist of color, my most significant challenges stem from assumptions people make around my race and thusly my ability to achieve.
Significant Mistake (business/professional): I wish that I had had the foresight to buy a warehouse space during our most recent recession.
Significant Accomplishment (business/professional): My most significant accomplishment was exhibiting Roy DeCrava’s work in 2015 at Art Basel Miami Beach.
Career Advice: Find something you love and strive to be the best at it.
25 WORDS OR LESS: PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE
Significant Challenge (personal): Learning social media. Lol!
Significant Accomplishment (personal): My two young adult children Kristina and Kamille.
Life Advice: Life moves pretty fast – if you don’t slow down, you might miss it. Stay mindful.
25 WORDS OR LESS: OFF THE TOP
Trait(s) most admired in others: Patience.
Some causes/organizations I support: Alonso King Lines Ballet, The Performing Stars, Boys and Girls Club, Bridge the Gap, Nursing Home Ministries.
Hours of “personal” downtime/week: 10
Favorite activity(s) in my personal downtime: Exercise is my meditation.
Some of my favorite local hangouts: The Oracle Arena (GO WARRIORS!), The Glen Ellen Star, Pico’s.
Some of my favorite TV shows: Oprah’s Super Slow Sunday; Downtown Abbey; American C.
Favorite Vacation Spot(s): Maui, Hawaii.
Some place(s) I would like to visit: Cuba, South Africa.
Favorite Pastime/Hobby(s): I like to go to museums and art fairs. I also like to read and golf.
Favorite Book(s): The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin, Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston.
Some of my most-admired people (excluding parents): Oprah Winphrey, Barack Obama.
Something about me that may surprise you: I pray.
AND LASTLY. . .
Focus on the family.

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