Truro artist Jakki Kouffman, a recent transplant from Santa Fe and St. Petersburg, is originally from Brookline. She has expressed her love of painting in a number of different locations around the US, Canada and Italy. Before living in the Southwest, she called Juneau, Alaska home for six years and, prior to that, New York City, where she attended the Art Students League of New York for four years. She attained her BA, magna cum laude, from Brandeis University, which also awarded her a Sachar International Fellowship for one year of sculpture study in Pietrasanta, Italy.                                                                                          

In 2019, Kouffman won two prizes at the Cape Cod Art Center in Barnstable, Mass: Best in Show at the Interpretations Show and First Prize in Pastel at the My Happy Place Show. In 2018, she won Best in Show at the Acrylic Painters USA Annual Juried Show in Florida. In 2017 she was awarded First Place at the On Your Mark show at the Dunedin (Florida) Fine Arts Center. Also that year, Kouffman won First Place for Oil/Acrylic at the MasterWorks of New Mexico exhibition in Albuquerque. She has also won prizes at the Hubbard Museum of the American West, the Rio Grande Art Association Encantada Show, the Pastel Society of New Mexico National Show and the Anchorage Museum. She also won three prizes at the Pastel Society of America Show in New York City, where she was elected a Master Pastellist. She is a Signature Member of Plein Air Painters of New Mexico and the Pastel Society of New Mexico. 

Kouffman has shown her work in more than two hundred juried and invitational shows around the country. She has presented twelve solo shows, including museum solos at the Las Cruces (NM) Museum of Art, the Wichita Art Museum, the Hutchinson (KS) Art Center and the Juneau-Douglas City Museum. 

In 2009, two of her paintings were installed at public facilities in Santa Fe and Las Vegas, New Mexico through the Acclaimed Artist Series of the New Mexico Art in Public Places (AIPP) program. In 2008, one of her paintings was installed at the Mesilla Community Center through AIPP. 

Kouffman's artwork appears 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. 

Kouffman's paintings hang in more than 20 states around the country. She has taught painting workshops in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Massachusetts, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, and the Yukon. She also taught acrylic and pastel classes at Silvermine School of Art in New Canaan, Connecticut for 11 years and at Santa Fe Community College Continuing Education for 14 years. 

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