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Adjunct Professor

Phone: (561) ***-****  HQ Phone
Email: k***@***.edu
Palm Beach State College
4200 Congress Avenue
Lake Worth , Florida 33461
United States


Employment History


  • Master of Fine Arts , painting
    Florida Atlantic University
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts , Turkish traditional arts
    Marmara University of Fine Arts
  • master's degree
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Web References
Lighthouse ArtCenter Events, 20 June 2013 [cached]
The Lighthouse ArtCenter presents an exhibition of ABSTRACT PAINTINGS by emerging and new artists who have studied with Sibel Kocabasi, an award-winning artist, renowned curator and instructor at the Lighthouse ArtCenter.
The Palm Beach County recipient is ..., 16 Sept 2010 [cached]
The Palm Beach County recipient is Lake Worth's Sibel Kocabasi. The $15,000 fellowship is one of the largest such awards provided by local arts agencies in the United States.
The Consortium, an alliance of the arts councils of Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe and Martin Counties, awarded fellowships to six visual artists from Miami-Dade County, four from Broward County, one from Palm Beach County and one from Martin County.
Sibel Kocabasi was born in Turkey. She received her B.F.A in Turkish Traditional Arts from Marmara University of Fine Arts in Istanbul and her M.F.A in painting from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. Her latest work focuses on the relationship between humans and other animals. She wanted to show the humor as well as the frustrations in the relationships.
Kocabasi has exhibited her work nationally and internationally. She teaches at The Lighthouse Center for the Arts, The Armory Art Center and Very Special Arts.
Lighthouse ArtCenter, 10 Aug 2012 [cached]
Sibel Kocabasi was born in Turkey and studied rug-kilim design, natural dyes, conservation and restoration of textiles, traditional embroidery designs, and illumination of manuscripts. She received her BFA in Turkish Traditional Arts from Marmara University of Fine Arts and her MFA in Painting from Florida Atlantic University. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, including in the 10th Cairo Contemporary Art Biennale. Kocabasi is the recipient of the 2006 Hector Ubertalli Visual Arts award. Kocabasi is currently teaching at Palm Beach Community College, The Armory Art Center, and VSA (Very Special Arts for the Disabled).
Painter finds star rising quickly, 11 May 2006 [cached]
Sibel Kocabasi has a show of her oil paintings and drawings opening tonight at the the Armory Art Center.
Sibel Kocabasi never made an oil painting until four years ago.Today, she teaches painting as one of the resident artists at the Armory Art Center, where a show of her oil paintings and drawings opens tonight.
Oil painting isn't the first skill Kocabasi has mastered against the odds.Raised in Istanbul, she trained in traditional Turkish arts at time when they'd fallen out of fashion.Ten years ago, she and her husband, a fine-art photographer, and their 11-year-old son moved to the United States in search of better opportunities.
"I didn't speak the language," she said."I had no idea what was going on.For the first five years, we just survived."
Kocabasi, who'd been a rug conservator at the Turkish Islamic Art Museum in Istanbul, worked a series of low-paying jobs at fast-food restaurants, rug dealers and frame shops.The family moved three times in five years before Kocabasi and her husband divorced, and she and her son moved to Florida.
While earning her degree, Kocabasi worked two jobs , at FAU to qualify for free tuition and a frame shop , and raised her son.
In Turkey, Kocabasi studied manuscript illumination for two years and rug design for four years.At the time, knowledge of traditional rug-making techniques and motifs was fading.Her university instituted a program to reverse the trend and create crafts cooperatives in the provinces.
Kocabasi's paintings combine traditional motifs she learned in Turkey with the anything-goes sensibility of contemporary painting.
Kocabasi's paintings have been exhibited at the Lighthouse Center for the Arts, Florida Stage and the Armory, among other places.Her work will be included in a group show at Gavlak gallery in West Palm Beach that opens May 24 and runs through the summer.
She is one of three artists in residence at the Armory this season.
Serious artists must work wherever they are, Kocabasi said, "but it's a great opportunity to be in this space and this environment.It's a school.
Lower Wynwood – Mar 2010 | Art Circuits, 1 Mar 2010 [cached]
Left: Alette Simmons-Jimenez, detail Greed & Opulence, m/m construction Right: Sibel Kocabasi, Your Neighbor, oil on wood
Sibel Kocabasi & Alette Simmons-JimenezAnd Artformz Outzide Hosts a special guest performance by:The Oscar Fuentes Combo
The two-person show features the work of artists Alette Simmons-Jimenez and Sibel Kocabasi.
Kocabasi, originally from Istanbul, received an MFA from Florida Atlantic University. She has been exhibiting her work nationally and internationally, and curated the acclaimed show "Undertow" featuring 29 South Florida artists in Istanbul. She currently teaches at Palm Beach Community College.
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