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 with the Women Painters of Washington and Northwest Designer Craftsmen, two 65 year old organizations.  A few recent shows:

“Small Works” Women Painters of Washington Gallery, Oct. 1, 2019 - Jan. 3, 2020

“Elemental Rhapsody” American Art Co., 1126 Broadway Plaza, Tacoma, Sept. 28 - Nov. 18, 2019

“The Language of Blue” Women Painters of Washington Gallery, July - September, 2019

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

Museo Gallery, Langley Washington: Spring 2019 “Garden Show,” Fall 2018 “Gift Show” of smaller works

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

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.

Teaching Experience:

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