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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


SELECTED RESUME / PDF

PROFESSIONAL:
2006
Glass Art Society, Board of Directors
1999-Current
Museum of Neon Art, Los Angeles, CA—Executive Director
1992
Museum of History and Art, Ontario, CA
1988-1992
Fine Arts Building, Fairplex, Pomona, CA—Gallery Technician
Peterson Intercultural Arts Museum, Claremont, CA—Gallery Technician
1989-1999
Studio Artist, Claremont and Wrightwood, CA

GROUP EXHIBITIONS:
2007
Neon Art, California Science Center, Exposition Park, Los Angeles, CA
2006
Autumn Lights, Eli and Edythe Broad Plaza at the CalTrans Building, Los Angeles, CA
2004
Presence of Light, The Berkshire Museum, MA
2002
All That Glitters... Angel’s Gate Cultural Center, San Pedro, CA
Dentsu Corporate Headquarter's Opening Celebration Exhibition, Tokyo, Japan
2000
Neon: Current, Reed Whipple Cultural Center Gallery, Las Vegas, NV, catalog
1999
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
1998
Traveling Light, Himawara Gallery, Seto, Japan
1997
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
1996
Electric Muse, Museum of Neon Art, Los Angeles, CA
1995
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
1994
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
1993
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
1992
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
1990
Lightworks, two-person exhibit, Museum of History and Art, Ontario, CA
1989
Luminaires, Hippodrome Gallery, Long Beach, CA

PRIVATE COLLECTIONS:
2004
Ann Janss, Santa Monica, CA
Dr. Walter Gilbert, Cambridge, MA
2003
Jewel of the Seas, Royal Caribbean International’s Radiance Class Series
Bart Greenhut, Pacific Palisades, CA
1998
Dr. John and A.M. Goldkrand, Savannah, GA
Dr. Charles and Pat Steinmann, Laguna Beach, CA
1997
Edwin and Doris Gamson, Los Angeles, CA
Mary-Anne Turley-Emmett, Newport Beach, CA
Barton’s Club 93 Casino, Jackpot, NV
1996
Geoffery and Kay Beaumont, San Francisco, CA
1995
Dallas Price, Pacific Palisades, CA
Jo Lauria Fargo, Sherman Oaks, CA
1993
Jerry and Martyl Reinsdorf, Paradise Valley, CA
Margaret and Joe Polo, Pomona, CA
1992
Rose’s Café, Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Jeanie and Larry Lytle, N. Hollywood, CA
Skip and Christina Pahl, Carlsbad, CA
1990
Walter Ebrahamzideh, Claremont, CA
Paul and Ginger Eaton, Montclair, CA

BIBLIOGRAPHY:
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)
2007     
Neon Art, California Science Center, Exposition Park, Los Angeles, CA
2006      
Juried - Molten, Mesa Art Center Glass and Neon Exhibition
As We Glow Forward: MONA Moves Into the Future
2005      
MONA Celebrates 24 Years with 24 Artists
Neon Noir:  Photographs by Tom Zimmerman
2004      
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
2003      
Gas & Glass, A Group Exhibit of Plasma
Sign Structures, Photographs by Mark Swope
2002      
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
2001      
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
2000      
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
1999      
Northern Lights:  A Survey of Bay Area Neon Art
Light Paintings:  Photographs by Pat Collentine
Vintage: The Neon Sign Revisited
1998      
Traveling Light, Himawara Gallery, Nagoya, Japan, Glass Art Society Conference
1993      
It's a Gas, A Group Exhibit of Neon Art, Occidental College, CA
1986      
New Visions, Art and Technology, LA Fairplex, Pomona, CA

EDUCATION:
2003
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
1981
Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA, B.A., Art
San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
San Jose State University, San Jose, CA