Edwin Schlossberg

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Edwin Schlossberg
Member of the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts
In office
March 31, 2011 – September 19, 2013
PresidentBarack Obama
Personal details
Born (1945-07-19) July 19, 1945 (age 78)
New York City, U.S.
(m. 1986)
ChildrenRose, Tatiana, and Jack
RelativesSee Kennedy Family
Alma materColumbia University (BA, MA, PhD)
OccupationDesigner, author, artist
AwardsU.S. Commission of Fine Arts (2012)

Edwin Arthur Schlossberg (born July 19, 1945) is an American designer, author, and artist. He specializes in designing interactive experiences, beginning in 1977 with the first hands-on learning environment in the U.S. for the Brooklyn Children's Museum. Schlossberg continues to work in the field and publishes often on the subject. He is the husband of Caroline Kennedy, daughter of John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. He has published eleven books, including Einstein and Beckett and Interactive Excellence: Defining and Developing New Standards for the Twenty-first Century. His artwork has been presented in many solo shows and museum exhibits.[1] In 2011, he was appointed to the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts by President Barack Obama, serving until 2013.[2][3][4]

Early life[edit]

Schlossberg was born in New York City to an Orthodox Jewish family.[5][6] Both his parents—Alfred I. Schlossberg and Mae Hirsch—were children of Ukrainian immigrants. Alfred founded a textile-manufacturing business and was president of the Park East Synagogue on New York's Upper East Side, where Ed studied Hebrew and celebrated his Bar Mitzvah.[7]


Schlossberg attended New York's PS 166 and graduated from the Birch Wathen School and Columbia College of Columbia University in 1967.[8][9] He was a classmate of New York City Schools Chancellor and United States Assistant Attorney General Joel Klein.[10] He also received his masters and doctoral degrees from Columbia University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.[11]


Schlossberg's multi-disciplinary design firm, ESI Design, is based on Fifth Avenue in New York City. It has produced award-winning interactive experiences for institutional and corporate clients.[8][12] Signature projects include:

  • Terrell Place, Washington, D.C.
  • Barclays Center Media Experience, Brooklyn, NY
  • Best Buy – Concept Stores
  • Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate[13]
  • Ellis Island – American Family Immigration History Center
  • Playa Vista
  • Pope John Paul II Cultural Center
  • Reuters Spectacular at 3 Times Square[14]
  • Sony Plaza and Sony Wonder Technology Lab
  • Time Warner Home to the Future installation[15]
  • World Financial Center Breezeway Media Walls
  • World Trade Center and World Financial Center Informational Kiosks

Schlossberg has been singled out as a "leader in interactive design" by Wired magazine.[16]

Schlossberg's plans for a redesign of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland received public attention when ESI was engaged to lead the project in 2007,[12][17] but the Hall of Fame ultimately chose a different design because of cost considerations.[18]

Personal life[edit]

Schlossberg married attorney Caroline Kennedy on July 19, 1986, his 41st birthday.[11] They have three children, all born in New York:


  • Schlossberg, Edwin (1973). Einstein and Beckett; a record of an imaginary discussion with Albert Einstein and Samuel Beckett. New York. ISBN 0825630118.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: location missing publisher (link)
  • Schlossberg, Edwin (1977). The philosopher's game: match your wits against the 100 greatest thinkers of all time. New York: St. Martin's Press. ISBN 0312604629.
  • Fuller, R.B.; Schlossberg, E. (1977). Tetrascroll. Universal Limited Art Editions.
  • Schlossberg, Edwin (1985). The pirated edition of Stevens and Bohr: a record of correspondence between Wallace Stevens and Niels Bohr and journals written during that correspendence. London; Zurich: Princelet Editions. ISBN 0862980143.


  1. ^ "Ronald Feldman Gallery". www.feldmangallery.com. Retrieved January 30, 2017.
  2. ^ Thomas E. Luebke, ed., Civic Art: A Centennial History of the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Commission of Fine Arts, 2013): Appendix B, p. 554.
  3. ^ "Edwin Schlossberg Appointed to the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts | Commission of Fine Arts". www.cfa.gov. Retrieved July 14, 2021.
  4. ^ "Edwin Schlossberg | Commission of Fine Arts". www.cfa.gov. Retrieved July 14, 2021.
  5. ^ "Alfred I. Schlossberg Textile Manufacturer, 87". The New York Times. December 7, 1995. Retrieved July 25, 2013.
  6. ^ "Paid Notice: Deaths SCHLOSSBERG, MAE (HIRSCH)". The New York Times. May 26, 2005. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved July 25, 2013.
  7. ^ C. David Heymann (July 10, 2007). American Legacy: The Story of John and Caroline Kennedy. Simon & Schuster. pp. 266–7. ISBN 978-0-7434-9738-1. Retrieved December 12, 2012.
  8. ^ a b Jeffery Hogrefe, "The family man", New York, April 30, 2001.
  9. ^ Gross, Michael (June 30, 1986). "EDWIN SCHLOSSBERG: MANY-SIDED LIFE IN ART". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved August 20, 2021.
  10. ^ "Edwin Schlossberg '67 (left), classmate of honoree Joel I. Klein '67, is joined by his wife, Caroline Kennedy". Columbia College Today. May 2002. Archived from the original on June 25, 2010. Retrieved August 19, 2021.
  11. ^ a b "Caroline Bouvier Kennedy to wed Edwin Schlossberg". The New York Times. March 2, 1986. Retrieved June 21, 2007.
  12. ^ a b Evgenia Peretz, "Interactive Man", Vanity Fair, December 2007.
  13. ^ Doug Most, "Behind the Kennedy Institute Experience with Edwin Schlossberg", The Boston Globe, March 29, 2015  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required).
  14. ^ Brad Wieners, "Making Headlines in 10,000-Point Type", Wired, December 2002.
  15. ^ Rebecca Mead, "Cable Guy", The New Yorker, January 22, 2007.
  16. ^ Wieners, Brad. "Making Headlines in 10,000-Point Type". WIRED. Retrieved January 30, 2017.
  17. ^ "Rock Hall has designs for concert atmosphere", Associated Press in Toledo Blade, April 20, 2007.
  18. ^ John Soeder, "$6.9 million redesign reinvigorates the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum", The Plain Dealer, March 11, 2012.
  19. ^ a b Zibart, Eve (June 18, 2012). "Kennedys 4.0: The Dynasty Endures". Boston Common. Retrieved December 12, 2012.
  20. ^ "2nd Girl for Caroline Kennedy". Los Angeles Times. May 9, 1990. Retrieved December 12, 2012.
  21. ^ Mcfadden, Robert D. (May 20, 1994). "DEATH OF A FIRST LADY; Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Dies of Cancer at 64". The New York Times. p. 1. Retrieved December 12, 2012.

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