Title: Artist, Educator
Location: Ventura, California, United States
Gerd Hermann Koch, Artist, Educator, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Artists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in Painting and Sculpture.
Mr. Koch has been teaching in Southern California since 1952, and was retained from 1966 to 1998 as an art professor of Ventura College. He is the co-founder and a director of the board at the Studio Channel Islands Art Center in Camarillo, California, and co-founded the Studio Channel Islands Art Center Campus at California State University in 1987. Mr. Koch was inspired to enter art during his early travels in 1949 biking from Detroit to Gaspe, Canada, a distance of about three thousand miles there and back. Art has since been a lifelong passion, and while curating 16 major exhibitions and 10 international tours, he met his partner, artist Carole Milton, with whom he is the proud father of Keari.
At the age of 16, Mr. Koch experimented with nature in his art and was an usher for travel and art films at the Detroit Art Institute. After courses at the University of California, Los Angeles, he earned a BFA from Wayne State University in 1951, where he was influenced by the drawing classes. Mr. Koch traveled to Europe for five months, further immersing himself in the arts. He was inspired by a film workshop at UCLA, and while teaching with the Santa Barbara Community College Center for Lifelong Learning, he earned a MFA in painting from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Founding the Studio Channel Islands Art Center has been a highlight of his career, as was the invitation to join the Ferris Gallery in 1957, and earning the first purchase award from the Esther-Robles Gallery.
Mr. Koch’s work has been exhibited across the country, and he was the subject of one-person shows at Ester-Robles in 1965, 1963, and 1961. He has curated his studio’s gallery since 1997, and has been an exhibitor of Creative Photography since 1953. In 2018, Mr. Koch’s art will show with the “Then and Now” exhibition at his studio, and he will be curating a 20th Anniversary show for the center. He has also won other awards, including a Special Certificate for Art Recognition from the Ventura County Board of Supervisors in 2009, and a 2006 Artist of Distinction Exhibit Award and Mayor’s Award from Artist in the City, of Ventura. Mr. Koch is also a co-founder of the National Watercolor Society, and of the Buenaventura Art Association.
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