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Adjunct Professor

Phone: (561) ***-****  HQ Phone
Email: k***@***.edu
Local Address: Lake Worth, Florida, United States
Palm Beach State College
3160 PGA Boulevard SC 209
Palm Beach Gardens , Florida 33410
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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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.
Abacoa January '11, 17 Aug 2010 [cached]
Sibel Kocabasi, a Turkishborn abstract painter, exhibited 10 pieces of her work to be judged in a twotier panel process that included the participation of regional and national arts experts she emerged from the competition as one of 12 artists in South Florida to receive the fellowship, and was the lone recipient to represent Palm Beach County. K o c a b a s i ' s submission to the consortium centered primarily on "animal frustration," one theme in the mix of environmental and social issues the artist has depicted through her painting. A nationally and internationally exhibited artist, she received the fellowship as aid to nurture her artistic development, not limited to any particular project. Kocabasi says she feels very honored and lucky to be chosen for the fellowship, and it has induced within her a great deal of thought on the direction she wants her art to go. For one thing, she says she looks forward to increasing her workspace using the cash prize. Aside from pursuing her own work, Sibel Kocabasi teaches at the Lighthouse ArtCenter and Very Special Arts. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Turkish traditional arts from Marmara University of Fine Arts in Istanbul, and her Master of Fine Arts in painting from Florida Atlantic University. She began teaching after she received her master's degree and says she enjoys helping fellow artists in their own artistic pursuits. "If I sense they have passion for what they're doing, I want to help them as much as I can," she says.
Sibel Kocabasi poses in front of her painting Fish Come to Visit the Forest, featured in the Faculty Exhibition at the Lighthouse ArtCenter. Kocabasi is Palm Beach County's sole recipient of a 2010 South Florida Cultural Consortium fellowship. Second Annual Spring Training 10K from page 1 Louis Cardinals, duke it out in a spring training game.
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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