Prof. Hüsamettin KOÇAN
An artist and educator, Hüsamettin Koçan was born in Bayburt in 1946, and is a graduate of the Painting Department in the State Higher School of Applied Fine Arts. For many years he taught at the Marmara University School of Fine Arts, where he served as dean from 1997 to 2005.
Hüsamettin Koçan was among the founders of the International Plastic Arts Society, which he chaired in 1990-95. In 1991 he founded the Istanbul Art Fair, and that year was the Turkish Commissioner at the II Asia-Europe Biennial. Prof. Koçan has won the Municipal Award of Honor in Salzburg, Austria, as well as the Grand Prize for Painting at the Asian Art Biennial. He has been officially invited on various occasions to do research in the UK, France and Australia, has served on the selection panel for numerous competitions, and has held countless solo exhibitions while appearing in a multitude of group exhibitions.
With the foundation he established in 2005, Prof. Koçan breathed life into the Baksı Museum. He currently pursues his career in art, works on the museum project, and teaches at Okan University.