JAKKI KOUFFMAN - CAREER SUMMARY
Santa Fe artist Jakki Kouffman, whose visual vocabulary extends to both the absract and representational realms, is a Signature Member of Pastel Society of New Mexico, a Signature member of Plein Air Painters of New Mexico, and a Master Pastelist with Pastel Society of America. She also holds memberships in Rio Grande Artists Association, Eldorado Arts and Crafts Association, and Santa Fe Creative Tourism.
Kouffman has shown her work in more than two hundred juried and invitational shows around the country. She has presented twelve solo shows including four museum solos. In 2015 she completed major commissions for patrons in Missouri and Florida and she won Third Prize at the annual Masterworks of New Mexico Exhibition. In 2014-15, her work was represented in Santa Fe by Kristin Johnson Fine Art. In 2012-13, Kouffman showed her work at Pippin Contemporary Fine Art in Santa Fe, where she mounted a solo show in 2013.
In 2009, two of her paintings were in installed at public facilities in Santa Fe and Las Vegas, New Mexico through the Acclaimed Artist Series of New Mexico Art in Public Places (AIPP) program. In 2008, a painting was installed at the Mesilla Community Center through AIPP. Following her solo shows, the museums in Juneau, Alaska and Hutchinson, Kansas acquired major works by Kouffman for their permanent collections.
Kouffman's paintings appear in several books, including Acrylic Innovation: Styles & Techniques by 64 Visionary Artists, written by Nancy Reyner and published by North Light Books. Her work also appears in The Artist and the American Landscape by John Driscoll and Arnold Skolnick, Painting Alaska by Kes Woodward, and Messages from Alaska, published by the M.J. Murdock Foundation. Kouffman's work has been covered in the Santa Fe New Mexican, Pasatiempo, Cowboys & Indians, Albuquerque Journal Arts, Albuquerque Journal, Santa Fe Reporter, and many other publications.
A native of Boston, Kouffman has lived in Santa Fe for the past fifteen years after having lived in Juneau and New York City. She received her B.A. magna cum laude from Brandeis University, was awarded a Sachar International Fellowship for one year of art study in Pietrasanta, Italy, and studied painting at the Art Students League of New York for four years with Daniel Greene.
Kouffman has taught painting workshops around the country for more than twenty-five years in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Nevada, New England, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah and the Yukon. She taught painting and drawing classes at Silvermine School of Art in New Canaan, Connecticut for eleven years, at Santa Fe Community College Continuing Education for fourteen years, and at the biennial Artisan Santa Fe Expo for six years.