Kohn, a widely traveled painter, applied intense color and large
scale to series of works based on specific sites. The paintings
are at once abstract and descriptive with bold brushwork, yet
maintaining a strong sense of place. Among the series are India,
Machu Picchu (Peru), the Grand Canyon, the bridges of Paris (France),
Seville (Spain), Guadalajara and Oaxaco (Mexico). The latter three
resulted in exhibitions in municipal galleries in those cities.
He also produced performance works involving electronic music
and computerized slide projection based on the Canyon, Machu Picchu,
and the Virgin of Rocio (Spain).
received, among others, a Fulbright Grant to India, Missouri
State Council of the Arts Award, Distinguished Faculty Award,
and the Missouri Arts Award (2002).
He was Professor Emeritus at Washington University School of
Art in St. Louis, Missouri. His long list of collectors includes
the St. Louis Art Museum, the Springfield (MO) Art Museum, the
Chase Manhattan Bank and the Convention Centers in Hot Springs
and Fort Smith, Arkansas. Bill Kohn passed away on Saturday,
Nov. 13, 2004, after a long battle with cancer.