ARZU ARDA KOSAR
1999 University of Southern California, Master of Fine Arts
1993 University of Pittsburgh, Bachelor of Arts (cum laude)
double majors: Studio Arts & Art History
double minors: Women’s Study and Philosophy
2011 Turkish Cultural Foundation Grant for Applied Arts
2011 Los Angeles Turkish Culture and Tourism Attaches’ Merit Award
2010 Istanbul 2010 European Cultural Capital Projects Grant
2009 18th Street Art Center, Artist in Residence
1999 SC/W: Southern California In the World/ World in
Southern California Exposition Grant. USC, Los Angeles, CA.
1999 Special Achievement Award. USC School of Fine Arts. Los Angeles, CA.
1997-99 Full Scholarship for MFA program. USC School of Fine Arts. LA, CA
1996 Award of Excellence. Manhattan Arts Int. Magazine.
2020 Wish I Were Here. Installations. Los Angeles, CA
2020 What Matters Street Installations. Los Angeles, CA
2020 The Home Cases, organized by Bat Art LAb online
2019 Set Today Set Future at Galeri Mod in Kadikoy/ Istanbul
2019 Open Studios, 18th Street Arts Center. Santa Monica, CA
2019 Evergreen College Art Gallery. The Other Is Not. Olympia, WA.
2018 Open Studios, 18th Street Arts Center. Santa Monica, CA
2018 Terrains, 18th Street Arts Center. Santa Monica, CA
2017 Open Studios, 18th Street Arts Center. Santa Monica, CA
2016 Open Studios, 18th Street Arts Center. Santa Monica, CA
2015 Open Studios, 18th Street Arts Center. Santa Monica, CA
2014* Pierce College Art Gallery. Shadows of the Grid. Woodland Hills, CA
2013 Street Art Festival 2013. Maltepe, Istanbul. Turkey.
2013 Converging Threads, Downtown Women’s Center, Los Angeles, CA
2013 Public Outreach Workshops with Yarn Bombing Los Angeles, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros Big Top, Los Angeles, CA
2013 Forest, For The Trees, HATCh Showroom, Los Angeles, CA
2013 Chapul’LA. Highways Performance Space. Santa Monica, CA
2013 Stitch-In Party on International Yarn Bombing Day, with Yarn Bombing Los Angeles, One Colorado Old Pasadena, CA
2013 CAFAM Granny Squared. Craft and Folk Art Museum. Los Angeles, CA.
2013 Mexicali Biennial. Vincent Price Art Museum. Monterey Park, CA
2013 Public Outreach Workshops, Mastodon Mesa, Melrose Trading Post. Los Angeles, CA
2013 Forest, For the Trees. Angels Gate Cultural Center. San Pedro, CA
2012 Mulholland Dérive, curated by
2012, South Bay Focus, Torrance Art Museum. Torrance, CA
2012, Bon Appetit: An Hors d’Oeuvre for the Cannibal Feast. Jaus. Los Angeles, CA
2012, Festival for All Skid Row Artists, organized by Los Angeles Poverty Department @ Glady’s Park. Los Angeles, CA
2012, Interactive Workshops. Angels Gate Cultural Center. San Pedro, CA
2012, BAM Festival. 18th Street Arts Center. Santa Monica, CA
2012 Look at These Fucking Artists @ 4. Annual Anarchist Book Fair. Barnsdall Art Park. Los Angeles, CA.
2012 Un-Space Ground. Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles, CA
2012 Forest, For The Trees. Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA
2012 Art Soup LA. Highland Park, CA
2011, Have Yarn will Travel at 30 Open Doors, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, CA
2011 Forest, For The Trees,The Annex at Avenue 50 Studio, Highland Park, CA
2011 Community Yarn Bomb, Pierce College, Woodland Hills
2011 Trespass Parade. Downtown Los Angeles, CA
2011, Have Yarn will Travel. Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Los Angeles, CA
2011 Chain Letter. Sampson Projects. Boston, MA
2011 Wish I Were Here, as part of Outpost in Istanbul, In conjunction with the Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, CA
2011 Chain Letter. Shoshana Wayne Gallery. Santa Monica, CA
2011 Yarn Bombing 18th. 18th Street Arts Center. Santa Monica, CA
2011 Reflections. Angels Gate Cultural Center. San Pedro, CA
2011 Los Angeles Istanbul Connection. 18th Street Arts Center. Santa Monica, CA
2011 Empathy Circle. Public Artwork in Little Tokyo. http://empathyproject.weebly.com/
2011 For the Birds. Audubon Center at Debbs Park. Los Angeles, CA
2010 Fig KnitOn. Future Studios. Los Angeles, CA
2010 The Purpose of Being. Thomas P. Kelly Art Gallery at Loyola Marymount University. Los Angeles, CA
2010 The Mannequin Collective. Santa Monica Place. Santa Monica, CA
2010 Youngtopia, S,M,L,XL. Antrepo. Istanbul. Turkey
2010 Group Show. AlanIstanbul Tunel Gallery. Istanbul. Turkey
2010 Art Night. 18th Street Arts Center. Santa Monica, CA
2010 * Erase, Manipulate, Paste, Recreate Istanbul. Kadirga Art Center. Istanbul, Turkey.
2009 Art Night. 18th Street Arts Center. Santa Monica, CA
2009 Aniden. Play Studio Gallery. Istanbul, Turkey
2009 Street Art Happenings. Istanbul, Turkey
2009 Online contribution to Weather Photos organized by Miriam Songster and Hege Dond Sumset for Transcultural Exchange. http://blog.weatherphotos.org
2009 Women on Immigration, by Women’s Caucus on Art. Korean Cultural Center. Los Angeles, CA
2009 Fresh Works on Paper. International Association of Plastic Arts Gallery. Istanbul, Turkey
2008 Open Show. Gallery 825/ LAAA. Los Angeles, CA
2008 Participation in Box of Dreams by Gulay Alpay at Art Basel Miami Beach Week. Miami, FL
2008 Postcards from the Arts’ Edge. I-5 Gallery. Los Angeles, CA
2005 Registering the Distance. Borusan Sanat Gallerisi. Istanbul, Turkey
2004 Prism. 18th Street Art Complex. Santa Monica, CA
2004 Drawing Conclusions. Islip Art Museum. Islip, NY
2004 On Site at the Gate. Angels Gate Cultural Center. San Pedro, CA
2004 LA LA Land. One Colorado. Pasadena, CA.
2004 Poetics of Proximity. Guggenheim Gallery. Orange, CA.(catalog)
2003 Open Show. Gallery 825. Los Angeles, CA.
2003 Performans Gunleri. Bilgi Universitesi. Istanbul, Turkey.
2002 Odorific. Crazy Space. Santa Monica, CA.
2001 Shards. Armory Center for the Arts. Pasadena, CA
2001 Structures of Knowledge. Raid Projects. Los Angeles, CA
2001 Stone Soup. Three Day Weekend. Los Angeles, CA
2000 Light Revisited. Redland University Gallery. Redland, CA.
2000 Immigrtant Eyes. Angels Gate Cultural Center. San Pedro, CA
2000 Wall Space. Miller Durazo Gallery. Los Angeles, CA.
2000 * Alternatifler. Sumergen Obelisk Hotel. Istanbul, Turkey
2000 Mapdancing. Gumbo Garden. Hollywod, CA (catalog)
2000 Privatized. Bedford Street. Williamsburg-Brooklyn, NY (catalog)
2000 Drawing on the Portrait. Palos Verdes Art Center. Palos Verdes, CA.
1999 Trajectories. Shoshana Wayne Gallery. Santa Monica, CA (catalog)
1999 The $99 Show. Miller Durazo Gallery. Los Angeles, CA.
1999 Interactive Frictions. USC Davidson Conference Center. LA, CA.
1999 Naturalize. USC Helen Lindhurst Gallery. Los Angeles, CA.
1998 Refutable Theories. USC Helen Lindhurst Gallery.
1998 The Rock and Roll Show. Fukomoto Gallery. Irvine, CA.
1998 * Never Mind San Fernando Valley, LA County Has To Be Broken
Down To Many More Pieces. USC Helen Lindhurst Gallery. Los
1997 * Recent Work. Hungry Minds Gallery. Manhattan Beach, CA.
1997 * Trials, Errors and More Errors. UCI Center for Women and Gender
Education. Irvine, CA.
2013 Co-curator, Producer. Chapul’LA. Highways Performance Space. Santa Monica, CA
2013-present Founder, Los Angeles Gezi Platform.
2010-present Founder, Yarn Bombing Los Angeles knit graffiti collective. www.yarnbombinglosangeles.com
2012 Alliance of Artist Communities Annual Conference, Kansas City, MO
2011 Co-Curator. Yarn Bombing 18th. Santa Monica, CA
2011 Co-Curator, Producer. Los Angeles Istanbul Connection. Santa Monica, CA. http://losangelesistanbul.weebly.com
2009-10 ¬Co-Founder/Administrator/Artist TransIstanbul Project in conjunction with Istanbul 2010 European Cultural Capital Projects. Istanbul, Turkey
2007-present MapConception. http://mapconception.weebly.com
2005 Committee Member: Planning special events to celebrate the 125th anniversary of USC.
2000 Co-Curator. Art and Science Conference. Los Angeles, CA
2000 Panel Participant. Women’s Caucus on Art Panel. Los Angeles, CA.
2000 Training Coordinator. Armory Center for the Arts. Pasadena, CA
1999-2000 Founder/ Organizer. International Survey of Alternative Artscene: A series of art exhibitions, workshops and lectures in North America, Asia and Europe. Supported by the SC/W grant. www.coin-operated.com/isaa
1999 Steering Committee Member/ Judge. Art in Motion Film Festival. LA, CA
1999 Associate Curator. USC Digital Design and Communication Summit.
Los Angeles, CA
1998-99 Host Committee Coordinator. College Art Association
1999 Annual Conference in Los Angeles, CA.
2009-current Instructor Palos Verdes Arts Center. Palos Verdes, CA
2007-current Teaching Parent/ Art Trek and Art at your Fingertips Instructor.
Cornerstone Elementary School. Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
2007-8 Instructor. Long Beach Arts Council. Long Beach, CA
2007 Instructor. Los Angeles Southwest College Los Angeles, CA
2006-8 Instructor. Rio Hondo College, Whittier, CA
2000-2005 Instructor. USC School of Fine Arts. Los Angeles, CA
(intro to drawing part a, intro to drawing part b, advanced drawing, figure drawing a, b, intro to painting, intermediate painting, advanced painting)
2001-2003 Instructor. Cypress College., CA
(art appreciation, figure drawing)
2001 Instructor. UCI Extension. Irvine, CA
(intro to drawing)
1999-2001 Faculty Member. Armory Center for the Arts. Pasadena, CA.
(various studio arts and art appreciation classes for students K-adult)
2000 Faculty Member. Angels Gate Cultural Center. San Pedro, CA.
(“artists in classrooms program” in local elementary schools)
1997-99 Teaching Assistant. USC School of Fine Arts. Los Angeles, CA
2012 Fonseca, David. Yarn Bombers Descent on York Boulevard. Highland Park Patch.
2012 Ohanneson, Kim Axelrod. Yarn Bombers Eye Art Soup Prize. Highland
2011 Milly, Jena. Yarn Bombing Isn’t Knit and Run Anymore. The Huffington Post (originally published in Turnstyle.com)
2011 Pajer, Nicole. Yarn Bombing 18th Street .The China Shop.
2011 Streetcolor. International Yarn Bombing Day Recap Day 6. Yarn Bombing
2011 Lin, C.J. Yarn bombing’ shrouds Pierce College’s Brahma Bull in warm, fuzzy stitching. Daily News.
2011 Yarn Bombing 18th Street. 89.3 KPCC
2010 Sanchez, Jesus. Highland Park Gets Yarn Bombed. The Eastsider LA
2010 Various TV and Radio Interviews in relation to Youthtopia S, M, L, XL, Istanbul Turkey
2009 Parantez. TRT2. Istanbul, Turkey
2004/4/22 “A Site for the Eyes” by Scarlet Cheng. Los Angeles Times. Weekend Calendar Section. Pages E17-18.
2001 The Practical Handbook for the Artist by Margaret Lazzari. Harcourt Brace College Publishers.
2000/8/6 “Earthquake Memories in Two Rooms” by Dr. Ayla Odekan. Cumhuriyet Pazar Dergi. pages 18-19.
2000/7/23 “Kosar & Mendi’s Alternative” by Ustun Akmen. Nokta. pages 58-59.
2000/6/23 Interview at Acik Radyo. Istanbul, Turkey.
1999/9/4 “Trajectories” by Samantha Lee. USC Daily Trojan. pages 1-4.
1997/ 7 “Interview with Arzu Arda Kosar” by Raindog. Lummox Journal.
Cover, pages 4-5.
1997/3/27 “Art Imitating A Violent Reality” by Kim Kabar. Los Angeles Times South Bay Weekly. Page 2.
1997/2/23 “Our People, Our Town” program on KWHY-TV22.
1997/2/14 “Lock of Rape: Revisiting the Renaissance” by Rebecca
Schoenkopf. Orange County Weekly. page 22.
Publications:2006 spring “To Privatize or Not to Privatize”. Doxa, Norgunk Publications. Istanbul, Turkey. Pages 98-105.