Recent Small Still Life Paintings Joe Kossow

March 9 - March 25





Joe Kossow received a Master in Fine Arts degree from The American University in Washington, DC in 1982. He was fortunate to have studied with Ben Summerford,Robert D’Arista, and Jack Boul. In 1983, he co-founded the Washington Studio School with Lee Newman, Carlton Fletcher, Jack Boul, Susan Yanero, David Holt, Jo Weiss, and Katie Murray. Joe taught at the Washington Studio School and local Washington area colleges for 8 years.

He was awarded the Elizabeth Greenshields prize in 1983. His work has been shown in the DC area, Pennsylvania, and in Paris and Nancy, France. He had a series of solo and group shows throughout the 1980s.

Joe decided that to raise a family the way he wanted to he needed to earn a more substantial income, so he left the art world in 1990. He went back to school where he received a Master in Business Administration from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1992. He worked in corporate life from then until his retirement in 2016. Joe painted and drew just enough over those years to prevent complete and total rust from setting in.

2017 marked Joe’s return to painting full time. In Joe’s words: “I paint as I did before, only with substantially more patience and maturity.”

More Exhibitions

All That You Leave Behind

All That You Leave Behind, a collaboration between textile artist Diana Weymar and photographer Nelson Hancock, explores narrative and artistic interpretations of personal, everyday objects. How many of us have shopped at estate sales, driven past dilapidated houses, or visited historical sites only to find ourselves creating stories about the former owners or occupants? The urge to tell stories about what is left behind satisfies our need and desire to infuse the materiality of objects with personal meaning.   Objects are a material evidence of

The Concussion Diaries

“I suffered a serious concussion in April 2017. Alice fell down a rabbit hole; I just fell on the floor. The doctors forbade ‘reading, screens of any sort, and complex thinking.’ For the first four months I couldn’t even listen to music. I wondered if I might go bonkers – and then I wondered if that was complex thinking. Without the capacity for the usual distractions, I found myself in a quiet world of color and composition. In some ways my sensory experience was stripped

The Periodic Table of Elements

“My work has always been inspired, to one degree or another, by my interest and attention to the Sciences. This new body of work, THE PERIODIC TABLE OF ELEMENTS, gets to the essence of life and ecosystems by focusing on the natural “elements” themselves which make everything in the natural and synthetic worlds possible. Congruent with this are my own principle interests with surface and materiality as each work is an experiment with materials and texture – mixing a variety of gels and other additives

Donor Wheel

More than 2,000 donors are acknowledged in this one-of-a-kind sculpture by Joshua Kirsch

Neighborhood Portrait

The Neighborhood Portrait Quilt is part of a permanent exhibition that tells a story of important leaders and residents.