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HomeContents > People > Photographers > Lewis Koch

Dates:  1949, 26 June -
Born:  US, NY, New York
Active:  US / Denmark / Western Europe / India / Mexico
American contemporary documentary photographer who blends textual references and stories into his sequences of images.

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1970 Copenhagen University, Copenhagen, Denmark
1971 Beloit College, Beloit, WI (B.A. in History & Philosophy)
1971 Concerned Photography (ICP) Program, New York University, New York, NY
1972 Educational Alliance, New York, NY
Current employment
1976- Independent visual artist and documentary photographer
Selected Exhibitions (One- and Two-Person)
2008 JW Lawson, Milwaukee, WI
2008 Wright Museum of Art, Beloit College, Beloit, WI
2006 Galleri Hornbæk, Hornbæk, Denmark
2005 Kohler Art Library, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
2005 Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH
2004 Flatfile, Chicago, IL
2003 Wriston Art Center, Lawrence University, Appleton, WI
2003 Special Collections Gallery, University of Wisconsin Memorial Library, Madison, WI
2003 Walsh Gallery, Chicago, IL
2003 OK Harris Works of Art, New York, NY
2002 Espace Contretype, Brussels, Belgium
2000 Macalester College, St. Paul, MN
1995 Wisconsin Academy of the Arts, Sciences and Letters, Madison, WI
1995 Stephen Cohen Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1994 Mindy Oh Gallery, Chicago, IL
1994 Lehigh University Art Galleries, Bethlehem, PA
1993 Fotografisk Galleri, Copenhagen, Denmark
1992 Ehlers Caudill Gallery, Chicago, IL
1991 Jane Corkin Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
1991 Floating Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
1991 Museet for Fotokunst (National Museum of Photography), Odense, Denmark
1990 Florida International University, North Miami, FL
1989 Ehlers Caudill Gallery, Chicago, IL
1988 Camerawork, London, England
1988 Wright Museum of Art, Beloit College, Beloit, WI
1988 Perspektief Gallery, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
1988 The American Cultural Center, Brussels, Belgium
1987 Stichting Canon Photo Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1987 Media Center Gallery, Rice University, Houston, TX
1986 Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, MO
1986 Center for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI
1985 Popular Photography Gallery, New York, NY
1985 Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, OR
1985 Nathan Hart Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1984 Martin Schweig Gallery, St. Louis, MO
1984 Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY
1983 Film in the Cities, St. Paul, MN
1982 Michael H. Lord Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
1982 Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, OR
1982 Jackson Street Gallery, Seattle, WA
1981 Fourth Street Photo Gallery, New York, NY
1981 Charles Allis Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI
1978 Madison Art Center, Madison, WI
Environmental Installations / One-Person
2006 When Things Dream Garage Installation, Madison, WI
1998 In Wisconsin: An ArtPeace Project, a series of eight billboards, Dane and Columbia Counties, WI
1993 Duct Tape Works Garage Installation, Madison, WI
1983 Garage Interiors: The Topography of Hidden Space, Garage Installation/Event, Madison, WI
1982 'In situ': Photographic Interaction at the Capitol Square, Capitol Square kiosks, Madison, WI
Grant Awards
2001 Artist-in-Residence, Digital Room, Fotografisk Center, Copenhagen, Denmark
1994 Percent for the Arts Commission, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
1994 Wisconsin Arts Board Interdisciplinary Arts Fellowship
1993 Nexus Press Artist's Initiated Book Project Grant, Atlanta, GA
1983 LightWork Artist-in-Residence Grant, Syracuse, NY
1982 NEA Folk Arts (documentary) Grant, and 1984, 1987, 1989, 1993, 1994, 1997
1982 Madison CitiArts Grant, and 1993, 1998, 2005
1981 National Endowment for the Arts Photography Exhibitions Grant
1980 Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission Grant, and 1981, 1983, 1986, 1993
1980 National Endowment for the Arts Photography Survey Grant
1978 Wisconsin Arts Board Individual Artist's Grant, and 1979, 1982, 1985, 1986, 1987
1977 NEH / Wisconsin Humanities Committee Grant, and 1979
1976 Wisconsin American Revolution Bicentennial Commission Grant
Selected Publications
2008 An Uncanny Appartition (exhibition review), James Hugunin,
2008 OSAYCANYOUSEE, Lewis Koch (exhibition catalogue), Wright Museum of Art, Beloit College, Beloit, WI
2004 Conversations: Text and Image: Jim Goldberg, Gary Hill, Lewis Koch, Martha Rosler, Lorna Simpson, Jeff Wolin (exhibition keepsake), Rod Slemmons, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL
2003 Photo-Kunst, 1852-2002 (exhibition catalogue), Ulrich Pfarr, editor, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Germany
2003 osaycanyousee (Web project), Lewis Koch,
2003 Lewis Koch. Notes from the Stone-Paved Path: Meditations on North India, Lewis Koch, Vinay Dharwadker, Joseph Elder (exhibition catalogue), Parallel Press, University of Wisconsin Libraries, Madison, WI
2002 Notes from the Stone-Paved Path: Meditations on North India (exhibition catalogue), Jean-Louis Godefroid, editor, Espace Photographique Contretype: Brussels, Belgium
2001 Wisconsin Then and Now: The Wisconsin Sesquicentennial Rephotography Project (book), Nicolette Bromberg, editor, University of Wisconsin Press: Madison, WI
2001 Touchless Automatic Wonder (web project), Lewis Koch,
2000 If You Don’t Stop You’ll Never Know (artist's book), Lewis Koch Madison, WI
2000 The New Yorker magazine, June 12, 2000 (photograph, accompanying Rick Moody short story), Condé Nast Publications, New York, NY
1997 Manif Seoul ’97 (exhibition catalogue), Kim Yong Dae, editor, Seoul Arts Center, Seoul, South Korea
1995 Tradition and Zeitgeist (collection catalogue), Ariane Grigoteit, Deutsche Bank North America, New York, NY
1993 Three Totem-Books: Double Caution Totem (Book One), Surplus Koan Totem (Book Two), Slender Thread Totem (Book Three), Lewis Koch, Nexus Press, Nexus Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, GA
1991 Lewis Koch: Confessions of an Animist, Photographic Assemblages, 1986-1990 (journal article), Finn Thrane, Katalog, Vol 3:3, March 1991, Museet for Fotokunst, Odense, Denmark
1989 Lewis Koch: Dreaming with Eyes Open (journal article), Michael Gibbs, in Perspektief, No. 35, April 1989, Perspektief, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
1985 Hidden Spaces: The Garage Interiors Photographs (artist's book), Lewis Koch, Madison, WI
1981 Sites of Southern Wisconsin: Three Photographers View Commonplace Structures and the Built Environment (NEA Photography Exhibition catalogue), Lewis Koch, David Mandel & Michael Simon, Turtle Press, Beloit, WI
1978 Wisconsin Images (book), Michael Wm. Doyle & Lewis Koch, editors, Wisconsin Arts Board, Madison, WI
Selected Permanent Collections
Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH
Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, France
Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY
Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal, Québec, Canada
JP Morgan Chase (& Bank One) Art Collection, New York, NY, Chicago, IL & Tokyo, Japan
Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, OH
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Deutsche Bank Art Collection, Frankfurt, Germany and New York, NY
DZ (formerly DG) Bank Photography Collection, Frankfurt, Germany
Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY
Willard and Gloria Huyck Collection, Los Angeles, CA
H. F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
J. D. and C. T. MacArthur Foundation, Chicago, IL
Kongelige Biblioteket (The Royal Library), Copenhagen, Denmark
Library of Tibetan Works and Archives, Dharamsala, H.P., India
LightWork, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, France
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI
Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN
Musée de la Photographie Charleroi, Belgium
Museet for Fotokunst (National Museum of Photography), Odense, Denmark
Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg, Germany
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL
Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, FL
Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, CA
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO
New York Public Library Art, Prints & Photographs Collection, New York, NY
Julia J. Norrell Collection, Washington, DC
Northwestern University Law Library Art Collection, Chicago, IL
Oppenheimer Fund Art Collection, New York, NY
Donald Oresman Collection, New York, NY
Pacific Telesis Photography Collection, San Francisco, CA
Alain & Marie-Thérèse Perrin Collection, London, England & Paris, France
Picker Art Gallery, Colgate University, Hamilton, NY
Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, NJ
The Prudential Art Collection, Newark, NJ
Harry Ransom Center Photography Collection, University of Texas, Austin, TX
Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
David C. Ruttenberg Collection, Chicago, IL
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany
Stanford University, Stanford, CA
State Historical Society of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
University of Texas, Harry Ransom Center Photography Collection, Austin, TX
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
The Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada 

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Touchless Automatic Wonder ... 
A project by Lewis Koch. 
Garageography ... 
By mixed media artist Lewis Koch. 
An Uncanny Appartition (exhibition review) ... 
Review of the work of Lewis Koch by James Hugunin. 
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