Arzu Arda Kosar

1629 Dalton Road. Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274
Tel. 310-560-5004

Master of Fine Arts, 1999
New Genres
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

Bachelor of Arts (cum laude), 1993
double majors: Studio Arts & Art History
double minors: Women’s Study and Philosophy
University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA


  • Solo Shows)
    2022 Preview. I-5 Gallery. Los Angeles, CA
    2022 Samples. The Place @ the Brewery. Los Angeles, CA
    2021 NOMAD. Torrance Art Museum. Torrance, CA
    2021 All my Dresses. Photo series on IG
    2020-1 Wish I Were Here. Street installations. Los Angeles, CA
    2020 What Matters. Street installations. Los Angeles, CA
    2020 Home Cases, organized by Bat Art LAb onlineşar-deb-liehl-patricia-liverman?fbclid=IwAR3ucvj4C7Y-aNWJ4ZMz9JRmp1pgKjPHzF6NHVSgwBtoMBp0Z3SKdJ5piM
    2019 Set Today, Set Future at Galeri Mod in Kadikoy/ Istanbul
    2019 Open Studios, 18th Street Arts Center. Santa Monica, CA
    2019 The Other Is Not. Evergreen College Art Gallery. Olympia, WA.
    2018 Open Studios, 18th Street Arts Center. Santa Monica, CA
    2018 errains, 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* Shadows of the Grid. Pierce College Art Gallery. Woodland Hiils, 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. BarnsdallArt 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.
    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 Weather Photos . Miriam Songster and Hege Dond Sumset for Transcultural Exchange.
    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,
    2001 Light Revisited. Redland University Gallery. Redland, CA.
    2001 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 Angeles, CA
    1997 * Recent Work. Hungry Minds Gallery. Manhattan Beach, CA.
    1997 * Trials, Errors and More Errors. UCI Center for Women and Gender
    Education. Irvine, CA.

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.

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
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.

2014 CAFAM Granny Squared. CreateSpace. ISBN-10 1494484889
2012 Yarn Bombing 18th Street. CreateSpace. ISBN-10 1495394646
2006 spring “To Privatize or Not to Privatize”. Doxa, Norgunk Publications. Istanbul, Turkey. Pages 98-105.


Instructor USC School of Fine Arts. Los Angeles, CA, 2000-5
(intro to drawing part a, intro to drawing part b, advanced drawing, figure drawing a, b, intro to painting, intermediate painting, advanced painting)

UCI Extension. Irvine, CA, 2001
(intro to drawing)

Worked with a diverse population of students, including international and ESL students, part time students, high school students, retirees taking a cc class for recreation, war veterans, students with disabilities etc., developed strategies for responding effectively to student needs.

Instructor, Social Practice
Pierce College. Lecturer. Woodland Hills, CA , 2014
• Developed & taught a lesson plan exploring interactive, collaborative and social practices in contemporary art as part of an exhibition design class
• Combined lectures, hands on art making and display of artwork
• Facilitated a student art collective, where each member developed their own personal work in relation to a larger project or everyone worked together for a singular work
• Collaborated with students to develop & display a series of site specific, interactive artwork and performances both in the gallery and around the campus

Instructor, Art Appreciation & Art History
Los Angeles Southwest College Los Angeles, CA, 2007
Rio Hondo College, Whittier, CA, 2006-8
Cypress College., CA, 2001-3
• Built & taught a class exploring art from around the world with an emphasis on Western Art
• Familiarized students to famous artworks while augmenting their visual literacy
• Contextualized art by providing historical and philosophical frame of reference
• Encouraged students to analyze artworks in written exams, research papers, group projects and oral presentations

  • Conducted trips to college gallery or local museums, when possible

Instructor, Drawing
Los Angeles Southwest College Los Angeles, CA, 2007
Rio Hondo College, Whittier, CA, 2006-8
UCI Extension, Irvine, CA. 2001
• Developed a curriculum to introduce students to fundamentals of drawing, traditional materials, principals and techniques, as well as experimentation in mark making
• Introduced artistic vocabulary, elements of expression, explored form vs content
• Conducted critiques to help students analyze, describe, interpret and evaluate own and each other’s works
• Conducted trips to college gallery or local museums, when possible
• Modified curriculum and assessment to meet specific student needs as some classes included both introductory and advanced students, or high school students taking college classes

Instructor, Figure Drawing
Cypress College, Cypress, CA, 2001-3
• Developed a curriculum to introduce students to exploring and drawing the human form
• Worked with live models, mirrors, skeletons and other anatomical references
• Conducted trips to college gallery, local museums or the Body Worlds Exhibition, when possible

2013-17 Expat Votes. Online Workshops.

2009-13 Instructor Palos Verdes Arts Center. Palos Verdes, CA

2007-13 Teaching Parent/ Art Trek and Art at your Fingertips Instructor.
Cornerstone Elementary School. Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

2007-08 Instructor. Long Beach Arts Council. Long Beach, CA

1999-01 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)

1997-9 Teaching Assistant. USC School of Fine Arts. Los Angeles, CA


2014-present Director. Gurbetin Oylari/Expat Votes. Online.
Developed vision and strategy for non-partisan, grassroots organization focusing on ballot security involving Turkish expats voting for Turkish elections in their country of residence.
Tasks include developing partnerships with Turkish political parties to gain access into the system, managing outreach programs for voters to encourage them to vote, developing curriculum, coordinating and teaching ballot safety to volunteers from 20+ countries to monitor the Turkish elections abroad; overseeing the software development and implementation ballot analysis and disseminating written reports.

2013-2020 Founder, Los Angeles Gezi Platform. Santa Monica, CA
Produced panels, lectures, discussions, screenings and other events that promote open-dialogue and civil liberties. Coordinated various aspects of event production from logistics, publicity to fundraising.

2010-2014 Founder & Director Yarn Bombing Los Angeles knit graffiti collective. Los Angeles, CA
Curated, developed and produced small and large scale , local and international public participation events and exhibitions ultimately incorporating 250+ participants from 25 countries. Handled various aspects of organization from administration, fundraising, grant application, budget handling, logistics, vendor relations, pulling permits, publicity, social media presence, web design, installation and documentation.

2011 Co-Curator, Producer. Los Angeles Istanbul Connection. Santa Monica, CA
Organized a multi-disciplinary, international exhibition bringing artists who live across the world yet worked with similar themes into a dialogue.

2008-10 ¬Co-Founder/Administrator/Artist TransIstanbul Project in conjunction with Istanbul 2010 European Cultural Capital Projects. Istanbul, Turkey.
Worked with inner city youth to organize workshops, tours, discussions and exhibitions to examine their coming of age stories, exploring their interactions with their surroundings, the ways their urban environment influences their circumstances and how they impact the city in return.

2005 Committee Member: Planning special events to celebrate the 125th anniversary of USC.

2000 Co-Curator. Art and Science Conference. Los Angeles, CA

2000-1 Training Coordinator. Armory Center for the Arts. Pasadena, CA

1999-2000 Founder/ Organizer. International Survey of Alternative Artscene. Los Angeles, CA, New York, NY, Istanbul, Turkey, Bang Kong, Thailand, Wellington, New Zealand.
Curated and produced a series of art exhibitions, workshops and lectures in North America, Asia, Europe, Oceania. Supported by the SC/W grant.

1999 Steering Committee Member/ Judge. Art in Motion Film Festival. Los Angeles, CA

1999 Associate Curator. USC Digital Design and Communication Summit. Los Angeles, CA

1998-99 Host Committee Coordinator. College Art Association Annual Conference in Los Angeles, CA.