Jan Koutsky - Resume
I am an artist, author and educator. I taught for over thirty years in higher education. I am pleased to be concentrating full time now on my studio practice.
Recent Shows & Exhibitions
I show regularly with the Northwest Designer Craftsmen, a 60 year old organization of fine artists and craftsmen. A few recent shows:
Washington State Convention Center, Sept. 2018-Jan. 2019
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
As an Art Dept. faculty member of South Seattle College I regularly participated in faculty shows:
Faculty Shows every two years at the South Seattle College Gallery: 2013, 2011, 2009, etc.
Works on Paper – Higher Education Art Faculty, Central Washington University
Works on Paper Invitational – Traveling Exhibit hosted by Exhibit Touring Services
Museo Gallery, Langley Washington: Spring 2019 “Garden Show,” Fall 2018 “Gift Show” of smaller works
Over the years I have been active at the ArtsWest Gallery, having a solo show, two and three person juried exhibits, and annual group shows.
I am the author and illustrator of “My Grandma, My Pen Pal” – an award winning children’s picture book published by Boyds Mills Press, 2002.
Awards & Grants:
Teacher’s Choice Award: I was honored to receive the “Teacher’s Choice Award” from the International Reading Association for my book “My Grandma, My Pen Pal.”
Federal Title III Grants: In the early 1990’s I was the first faculty member on my campus to take technology into the classroom by creating a series of courses in “Digital Fine Art.” Back in the early 90’s this was no small task. I applied for, and received, several Federal Title III grants to teach myself the new Adobe, Corel and Aldus software products. The grants also paid for the first licenses of software, as well as hardware such as a decent computer, scanners, printers, etc.
Adobe: I received a large software donation from Adobe’s Philanthropy program, enabling the college to get started with the new courses I was inventing.
Faculty Development Grants: The Seattle College District has a strong Faculty Development Program. Through this program I was able to remain current with emerging technologies such as pod casting, web site building, digital video, animation, online classrooms, etc. I also was asked to help teach my fellow faculty members to enable them to take technology into their classrooms.
“Fund for Excellence Grant” I worked with the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce to administer a public art project: “Children on Logs” by Phillip Levine, seen along the West Seattle Freeway / Fauntleroy Way as entering West Seattle.
Community Work: I have worked with my community in several capacities:
Worked with the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce to administer a public art project
Served on the board of the West Seattle Cultural Society (now ArtsWest)
Co-chair of the ArtsWest Artists Association
Helped place numerous students in internships
Served as a juror for countless community shows and events
Participated in selecting the first resident artists at the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center
Served on the South Seattle College Gallery Committee to jury shows, set policy, etc.
I was a member of the Art Faculty at South Seattle College from 1978-2015. I was responsible for:
Planning & implementing the art department schedule and budget
Hiring new faculty, mentoring the new faculty
Coordinating student scholarship competitions
Maintaining a budget for studios, overseeing maintenance of equipment, ordering supplies, etc.
Serving on the campus gallery committee
As mentioned above, applying for / receiving several grants to move the department forward
Seattle Public Schools
South Seattle Community College
Numerous Private Collections
BA in Art, Magna cum Laude, Central Washington University