Gene Koss // Community Arts Awards 2008
Added July 15th, 2010
Gene Koss is the “Father of Glass” in New Orleans. Gene brought glass to the city when he started the glass program in Tulane University in 1977 and began exhibiting his own glass sculptures first at Circle Gallery and then at Arthur Roger Gallery. Gene’s dedication and determination turned a lean-to studio, built by him and his students with a $5,000 grant and scavenged materials, into a state of the art world class studio over the years. The focus of Gene’s art and his glass program is glass as a sculptural medium. Gene has researched, experimented, and developd processes and equipment for large scale glass casting. He has provided a unique program for studying glass as a fine art, rather than simply glass blowing. Gene’s innovative glass and steel sculptures enhance our cultural landscape in New Orleans.
The Arts Council of New Orleans each year celebrates the Community Arts Awards. Since 1977, the Community Arts Awards have recognized living individuals, organizations and corporations which have made outstanding contributions to the arts in New Orleans. Recipients are continue selected for their artistic excellence, sustained contributions, unique achievements, perseverance, and a deep commitment to the arts and local community.
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