2005 - Present
John Koch left his journalism career in 2005 and began drawing and painting in various mediums. He took a few art courses each year, some taught by artists in their studios, others at the Center for Cambridge Adult Education; and several on the Outer Cape at the Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill, the Provincetown Art Association and Museum, and the Fine Arts Work Center.
He began showing and occasionally selling work in 2009 at exhibits including:
-Members Open and Benefit Exhibits at the Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill.
-Several Cambridge Art Association juried shows including Blue (2009) and Red (2011).
-10 Miller Street Open Studios, Somerville, MA, (2010 and 2013)
-Solo show of paintings and drawings at COA Gallery in Truro, MA (August, 2012).
Articles about John Koch:
“A Palette of Time, Discipline and Passion,” by Deborah Minsky; Provincetown Banner, August 2, 2012.
“ArtTalk” interviews broadcast on WMOR-FM, Provincetown, MA, summer, 2012. Two half-hour dialogues conducted by Christopher Busa, art journalist and founder and editor of Provincetown Arts Magazine.
A few of the artist-instructors Koch gratefully credits for essential help and inspiration include:
Joel Janowitz, Sheila Rice, Alexandra Sheldon, Anne McGhee, Robert Henry, Selina Trieff, Barbara Baum, Joyce Zavorskas, Sal Del Deo, Rob DuToit, Jack Coughlin, Joan Hopkins, Eleanor Meldahl, William Papaleo, Antonia Ramis Miguel, and Richard Baker.
Earlier career

John’s career as a journalist centered on the arts.


Writer, Critic and Editor at:
The Boston Globe (1979-2005)
The Boston Herald American
The Boston Phoenix
The Boston Herald Traveller

The work included several years as film critic, culture and feature writer, weekly interviewer for the Boston Globe Magazine, and Arts Editor at both the Herald American and the Globe. John’s nearly 10 years heading up the Globe’s arts department offered full immersion in an exciting world he cared about deeply. He interviewed scores of artists and occasionally wrote about visual art. It was often instructive, eye-opening, and fun.

But, he says, “I was still frustratingly distant…from my destination.”

He retired in the spring of 2005 to begin life as an artist.