Juri Koll

Director, The Venice Institute of Contemporary Art

Mr. Koll is the Founder/Director and curates exhibitions for the Venice Institute of Contemporary Art. ViCA recently produced the 3rd Annual Fine Arts Film Festival, featuring 42 films about art and the art world in Venice at the historic Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center. ViCA and the event were honored with a Certificate of Recognition presented by Mayor of Los Angeles Eric Garcetti. ViCA sponsored and production managed the Trans Angeles exhibition curated by Peter Frank at the Wilhelm Morgner Haus Museum in Germany, which traveled to The Chabot Museum in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. ViCA’s critically acclaimed Water Works exhibition, was presented at the Porch Gallery Ojai, then moved the Loft at Liz’s, and the Museum of Art and History. ViCA co-produced Water Works II, an inter- national juried exhibition with the Porch Gallery Ojai, traveled to the Glendale Community College Art Gallery. Catalogs were issued for both. His recent acclaimed exhibition, Abstract Never Is, was featured at Photo LA and Muzeumm in Los Angeles. Juri Koll’s paintings, photographs, and films have been exhibited in galleries across the U.S. since the late 1970’s. Works have been exhibited at the Museum of Art and History, Photo LA, The Mike Kelley Gallery, Temporary Space, the Porch Gallery, The Gabba Gallery, Kio Griffith-curated show traveling across Japan and many other venues. His art video projections have been performed at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, the LA Coliseum for EDC, Anon Salon for Vau di Vire, Burning Man, the Xenodrome, and many other venues. After graduating from the Cal Arts in 1984, Koll began directing documentaries on major artists and other art world figures. He has worked with major curators in their museums and galleries, such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The National Gallery in Washington, D.C., LACMA, and the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco, The LA Louver Gallery and others. Recently, In The Steel: A Portrait of Mark di Suvero, (1991), was accepted into the Archives of American Art at the Smithsonian Institution. Koll is a member of the Directors Guild of America. Juri has produced and/or directed over 70 films, both fiction and documentaries. His films have screened in major festivals, including Cannes, the Cork International Film Festival, the Australian International Film Festival, and won many awards. His writing has been featured in the New York Times, The Huffington Post and other publications. Reviews of his art, curating and other work has been featured in the LA Times, the L.A. Weekly among others. Koll has taught art and film at UCLA, the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, and the J. Paul Getty Museum among others. He is currently working on a book about the history of art in Venice, California.