Jan Koutsky



Seattle native Jan Koutsky finds inspiration in the deep traditions of color field painting and in the natural world around us.  Working in an abstract manner, Jan builds rich layers of colored pencil on paper, working in a gradual process to create subtle shifts in tone, giving a sense of space, depth and textural interest.

“Drawing, for me, is about the mark of the artist’s hand, the emotive quality of color, and the reminiscence of a landscape.”

Jan Koutsky is an award winning author, taught for 38 years in the Art department at SouthSeattle College, and has numerous years of exhibition experience.  She now concentrates full time on her studio practice.

Recent Shows & Exhibitions

Bellevue College Gallery, APRIL-May 2017

Koch Gallery, Vashon Island, March 2017

Northwest Designer Craftsmen at Allied Arts Assoc., Richland Wa. Aug./Sept. 2016

UW South Lake Union Campus buildings, Fall 2015

Northlight Gallery, Port Townsend, WA.  Spring 2015

“Tangible Evidence”, Schack Art Center, Everett, Wa, Mar / April 2014

Faculty Show, South Seattle College Gallery, Fall 2013

Solo Show at NW Encaustic Studio, Seattle, April-May 2012

Maude Kerns “Touchables”, Eugene, OR. May / June 2012

Holiday Show, Museo Gallery, Langley, WA Nov. / Dec.2011

"Confluence" Spokane City Hall, WA, Sept. / Oct. 2011

"Stories in Fiber" University Unitarian Church, Seattle, June / August 2011

Open Door Galery, Bayview, Washington, April / May 2011

Faculty Exhibition, North Seattle College Gallery, Feb. / March 2011

"Things We Hunt" by NW Designer Craftsmen, Allied Arts, Richland Wa., Sept. 2010

Two & Three person juried exhibit at ArtsWest Gallery, Seattle: 2008, 2002, and earlier

Faculty Shows every two years at the South Seattle College Gallery: 2007, 2005, 2003, etc.

Annual Group Show, ArtsWest Gallery, Seattle: 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, etc.

Other Shows:

Works on Paper Invitational – Traveling Exhibit hosted by Exhibit Touring Services

Northwest Papermakers Invitational

Works on Paper – Higher Education Art Faculty, Central Washington University


“My Grandma, My Pen Pal” a children’s picture book written and illustrated by Jan Dale Koutsky

Published by Boyds Mills Press, 2002


Teacher’s Choice Award – International Reading Association for “My Grandma, My Pen Pal”, 2002


Seattle Public Schools

South Seattle Community College

Numerous Private Collections

Professional Organizations:

Northwest Designer Craftsmen - http://www.nwdesignercraftsmen.org/#/jan-koutsky/

 Community Work:

Served on the board of ArtsWest, Seattle

Administered a public sculpture project for the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce

Served as co-chair of the ArtsWest Artists Associates

Helped place numerous students in internships

Assisted in serving as a juror for numerous community shows and events

Serve on the SSCC Gallery Committee – jury shows, set policy, etc.

Teaching Experience:

Jan has been a member of the Art Faculty at South Seattle College.  As a faculty member, she has been responsible for:

Planning & implementing art department schedule

Assisting in the search & hiring of new faculty, mentoring new faculty

Serve on the campus gallery committee – jury, organize, hang shows, etc.

Coordinating student scholarship competitions

Maintain a budget for studios, ordering supplies, overseeing maintenance, etc.

Received several federal grants to implement new digital art curriculum

Received a Faculty Curriculum Development Grand to develop “Art on the iPad” - a new course

 Faculty Development:

The Seattle Community College District has a strong Faculty Development Program. Through this program Jan has been able to remain current with several new technologies such as pod casting, web site building, digital video & animation, blogs, online teaching, etc.


Title III Federal Grant to learn new digital mediums, design & implement new curriculum

Several Faculty Development Grants from the Seattle Com. College District to learn new technology

Received a “Fund for Excellence Grant” for work done with the West Seattle Community


BA in Art, Magna cum Laude, Central Washington University

Continued studies towards MFA