THE LUMINOUS QUALITY of electrified rarified gases can be as bright as neon or as dim as pure argon. When combined with colored glass and phosphor coatings these gases produce a huge luminous palette – not just of a variety of colors, but of light intensities, of warm and cold and subtleties that can only be experienced. AS I LEARNED to work with the glass tubing, I continued making decorative objects. In the bowl series I used the glass tube to represent steam lines, bean sprouts or waves of energy. I started the bottle series as a way to visually examine the illuminated gases and glowing phosphors as specimens of contained light. Since neon had its origins in advertising, I started to incorporate text into the pieces; although the text was neither in neon nor was its message about commerce. The suitcase series is about this journey and adventure we call life. – KIM KOGA


Glass Art Society, Board of Directors
Museum of Neon Art, Los Angeles, CA—Executive Director
Museum of History and Art, Ontario, CA
Fine Arts Building, Fairplex, Pomona, CA—Gallery Technician
Peterson Intercultural Arts Museum, Claremont, CA—Gallery Technician
Studio Artist, Claremont and Wrightwood, CA

Neon Art, California Science Center, Exposition Park, Los Angeles, CA
Autumn Lights, Eli and Edythe Broad Plaza at the CalTrans Building, Los Angeles, CA
Presence of Light, The Berkshire Museum, MA
All That Glitters... Angel’s Gate Cultural Center, San Pedro, CA
Dentsu Corporate Headquarter's Opening Celebration Exhibition, Tokyo, Japan
Neon: Current, Reed Whipple Cultural Center Gallery, Las Vegas, NV, catalog
California Craft, Laguna Art Museum, CA juried
Taiwan Millennium Glass Festival, Hsinchu City, Taiwan
Light & Movement, Palos Verdes Art Center, CA
Illumination!, San Francisco Craft and Folk Art Museum, CA
Traveling Light, Himawara Gallery, Seto, Japan
Siliceous, Chaffey College group show
Up in Lights, Burbank Municipal Art Gallery, CA
Lots of Luck, The Folk Tree, Pasadena, CA
Women in Neon, Grove Gallery, UCSD, La Jolla, CA juried
Electric Muse, Museum of Neon Art, Los Angeles, CA
The Art of Glass, Dean Lesher Gallery, Walnut Creek Regional Center for the Arts CA
Fire Works, Contemporary Crafts Gallery, Portland, OR
LIGHT-headed Bookaroo, Santa Monica, CA
Neon: Koga, Marcheschi, Svenson, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, CA
Breaking Tradition, The Fine Art of Glass, Wignall Gallery, Chaffey College, Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Neon Sculptures: Dong, Koga, Ohashi, Foyer Gallery, Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena, CA
Californeon, An Exhibition of Neon Art, Art Museum of Santa Cruz, CA
Neon's A Gas, An Exhibition of Illuminated Glass Sculpture, One Bush St. San Francisco, CA
The Asian Spirit in Contemporary California Art, Weingart Center, Occidental College, LA, CA
Portraits, MONA group show, Citywalk, Universal City, Los Angeles, CA
Sculpture '93, juried and invitational exhibit, City of Brea Gallery, CA
It's A Gas, An Exhibition of Neon Art, Coons Gallery, Occidental College, LA, CA
Cool Fire: High Voltage, Chiat-Day Ad Agency, Venice Artwalk, CA
US Artists '92, Native to Neon, 33rd St. Armory, Drexel University Campus, PA
1000 Points of Light, Cypress College, Cypress, CA
Neon II, Grove Gallery, University of San Diego, La Jolla, CA
Contemporary Neon, Langman Gallery, Willow Grove, PA
Still Life in Motion, Museum of Neon Art, Los Angeles, CA
Neonics, Edwin A. Ulrich Museum, University of Wichita, KS
Lightworks, two-person exhibit, Museum of History and Art, Ontario, CA
Luminaires, Hippodrome Gallery, Long Beach, CA

Ann Janss, Santa Monica, CA
Dr. Walter Gilbert, Cambridge, MA
Jewel of the Seas, Royal Caribbean International’s Radiance Class Series
Bart Greenhut, Pacific Palisades, CA
Dr. John and A.M. Goldkrand, Savannah, GA
Dr. Charles and Pat Steinmann, Laguna Beach, CA
Edwin and Doris Gamson, Los Angeles, CA
Mary-Anne Turley-Emmett, Newport Beach, CA
Barton’s Club 93 Casino, Jackpot, NV
Geoffery and Kay Beaumont, San Francisco, CA
Dallas Price, Pacific Palisades, CA
Jo Lauria Fargo, Sherman Oaks, CA
Jerry and Martyl Reinsdorf, Paradise Valley, CA
Margaret and Joe Polo, Pomona, CA
Rose’s Café, Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Jeanie and Larry Lytle, N. Hollywood, CA
Skip and Christina Pahl, Carlsbad, CA
Walter Ebrahamzideh, Claremont, CA
Paul and Ginger Eaton, Montclair, CA

Gold, Russell.  "Fans Leap to Save A Roadside Icon:  Huge Orange Balls."  The Wall Street Journal 
           20-21 Jan. 2007, Weekend Edition:  A1.
Reynolds, Christopher. "Museum of Neon Art faces dim prospects." Los Angeles Times 8 Dec. 2006: E22.
Mecoy, Laura.  "Neon Glow Flickers, Preservationists struggle to save vintage signs in Los Angeles." 
            The Sacramento Bee  16 Oct. 2006:  A1
Dunham, Scott.  "Lampworking, Part 1." Neus Glas Review #24  2004:  30-35.
- - -.  Formed of Fire, Selections in Contemporary Lampworked Gass.  Prescott, AZ: 
            Salusa Glassworks, 2002.  71.
Ridenour, Al.  "The Bright Lights of MONA."  Los Angeles Times  31 May 2001, Calendar Weekend: 
            cover, 6-8.
Fink, Jerry.  "Current Affair."  Las Vegas Sun  21 Sept. 2001:  E1.
Mermelstein, Jerry.  "A Museum Where Art and Commerce Glow Together."  New York Times
            15 Nov. 2000:  B2.
"L.A. Museum lets you go with the glow."  The Sacramento Bee.  10 Feb. 2000, Scene: 
Volkersz, Willem.  Neon Current.  Las Vegas, NV:  Reed Whipple Cultural Center, 1999.
Hsinchu Int'l Glass Art Festival.  Hsinchu, Taiwan:  Hsinchu Pub., 1999.
Dunham, Scott.  Modern Flameworking.  Prescott, AZ:  Salusa Glassworks, 1998.  37.
Biggar, Ed.  "Women in Neon and the Illuminated GAS Shows."  Sign Builder Illustrated 
            Nov. 1997:  62.
Howell, Jane.  "Into the Future with Women in Neon."  Sign Business  Aug. 1997:  72.
"Portfolio."  American Craft  Dec. 1996:  54.
Wichert, Geoffrey.  "Fireworks."  Glass  Winter #61, 1996:  54.
Muckenfuss, Mark. "Bask in the Glow." The Sun Telegram [San Bernardino]2 Mar. 1996: D1. 
"Inland Empire Scene."  Los Angeles Times  15 Mar. 1995, Inland Empire ed.:  E5.
Surrence, Matthew.  "Glass and Light."  Diablo Arts  Nov. 1995:  33.
Zwerling, Elizabeth.  "Light, Glass Merge."  Daily  Ledger-Post Dispatch  16 Nov. 1995:  1c.
Thym, Jolene.  "Glass, Exhibit of Modern Works."  Oakland Tribune  18, Nov. 1995:  B1.
Monji, Jana.  "A Sampling of Mixed Traditions."  Rafu Shimpo  [Los Angeles]  14 Feb. 1994:  1.
Chapella, Julia.  "Glow Show."  Santa Cruz Sentinel  Jul. 1994:
Strattman, Wayne.  "Neon's a Gas."  Signs of the Times  Aug. 1994:  52-60.
Barr, Vilma.  The Best of Neon: Architecture, Interior, Signs.  Rockport, MA:  Rockport Pub. and
            Allworth Press, 1992.              230, 241.
Harvey, Steve.  "Art in Motion."  Los Angeles Times  22 Sep. 1988, Metro:  1.

CURATORIAL (for MONA unless otherwise noted)
Neon Art, California Science Center, Exposition Park, Los Angeles, CA
Juried - Molten, Mesa Art Center Glass and Neon Exhibition
As We Glow Forward: MONA Moves Into the Future
MONA Celebrates 24 Years with 24 Artists
Neon Noir:  Photographs by Tom Zimmerman
Bumfuzzle, Richard Ankrom
Nevada's Neon Edens, Abigail Gumbiner, Carol Hayden, Dave Lefner
Prayers: Iconography of Economy, Photographs by Agnes Luzia Brugger and Bernhard Schmid
Neon on Tap:  An Historical Retrospective of the Great American Beer Sign
A Group Exhibit of Neon and Kinetic Art
Yo-Yo:  Photographs by Roger Vail
Gas & Glass, A Group Exhibit of Plasma
Sign Structures, Photographs by Mark Swope
Cork Marcheschi:  35 Year Survey
Rob & Nick Carter, Painting with Light
Domestic Neon, A Solo Exhibit by Willem Volkersz
Los Angeles Neon, Excerpts from the book by Nathan Marsak and Nigel Cox
Lost & Found, a window installation by Michael C. McMillen, Doc Guthrie and students
            from the Sign Graphics Class at LA Trade-Tech College
CHAOS:  Platinum-Palladium Prints by Roger Vail
Light Installation, Caretta Shiodome, Tokyo, Japan
Energy Car:  Neon Works by Frank Romero
CARnucopia:  A Group Exhibition of Neon
roadsidepeek.com, Scanned images of Southern California Signs
Luminous Beginnings:  Neon Art from the 50s, 60s and 70s
Los Angeles Neon - 1938, Photographs by John Swope
ECCE SIGNUM "Behold, the Sign" Solo exhibit by Michael Flechtner
Plasma: The Fourth State of Matter
Burning Man, Photographs and Neon from Black Rock City, Nevada, 1992-1999
Hsinchu International Glass Millennium Festival, Neon Exhibit, Taiwan
Dichroism in Light:  Sculpture by Ray Howlett
Vintage Postcards of LA's Neon from the J. Eric Lynxwiler Collection
Politically Lit:  A Group Exhibition of Neon
Presidential Busts:  Kinetic Installation by Al Price
City in Relief:  Linoleum block prints and collages by Dave Lefner
Northern Lights:  A Survey of Bay Area Neon Art
Light Paintings:  Photographs by Pat Collentine
Vintage: The Neon Sign Revisited
Traveling Light, Himawara Gallery, Nagoya, Japan, Glass Art Society Conference
It's a Gas, A Group Exhibit of Neon Art, Occidental College, CA
New Visions, Art and Technology, LA Fairplex, Pomona, CA

Pilchuck Glass School, teacher’s assistant, Cork Marcheschi neon class, Stanwood, WA
Pilchuck Glass School, scholarship student, Irene Frolic casting class, Stanwood, WA
Pilchuck Glass School, teacher’s assistant, David Svenson neon class, Stanwood, WA
Pilchuck Glass School, student, Susan Stinsmuehlen-Amend mixed media, Stanwood, WA
Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA, B.A., Art
San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
San Jose State University, San Jose, CA