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