Statement
As a fine artist, themes and interests that recur in my work include longing, the sacred feminine, the dangers of anthropocentrism, our interconnectivity with the Earth, and the dialogue and tension between opposites such as beauty and power, light and darkness, or passion and discipline. Influences include indigenous folk arts and rituals, sacred geometry, Chinese brush painting, alchemy, and the art of the European Renaissance. I have been inspired by the work and teachings of American twentieth century and contemporary artists Marilynn Zarwell Stewart, Morris Graves, Chester Arnold, Sigrid Burton, Barron Storey, Patricia K. Kelly, and Slobodan Dan Paich, as well as older masters such as Ch’en Rong, Odilon Redon, Ivan Bilibin, Fra Fillipo Lippi, Piero della Francesca, and Hans Holbein the Younger. My philosophy of art closely follows the Perennial Philosophy as described by Ananda K. Coomaraswamy, Brian Keeble, and Corita Kent.

As an illustrator and designer, I have created artwork for book and magazine covers, playing cards, websites, chalkboard illustrations, wall paintings, technical and scientific illustrations, trademarks, prints for dishware and textiles, hand-painted furniture, and have designed and illustrated educational toys, games, and curricula. I have worked for corporate, non-profit, and individual clients to design original products and creative environments using traditional and digital media. I have an aptitude with diverse styles, and enjoy the close collaboration with clients needed to do original, custom tailored illustrations. In this way, my work aspires to evoke the idea behind the job and the spirit of the client—not the artist.

Education
MFA School of Visual Arts, New York, NY
BS double major Art & Philosophy, Lewis & Clark College, Portland, OR

Partial Client List
Chronicle Books Woodland Park Zoo National Storytellers Network
HBO Nature Seattle Public Schools
Banana Republic Tanzenwald Brewing Company San Francisco Unified School District
Pottery Barn Petaluma Creamery Commonweal
PBTeen Fotch Vinyards Bread for the Journey
Pottery Barn Kids Native Harvest International Transition US
Target Spice Monkey Restaurant & Bar Project Avary
Nike Howden Market Fetzer Memorial Trust
Diana Berti Design Lefthand Networks Asciano Fiber Arts Tools

Selected Exhibitions
2017 Inaugural PAC Members Juried Exhibition, juried by Michael Schwager, Petaluma Arts Center, Petaluma, CA
Brushstrokes 2017, Juror's Award, statewide exhibition juried by David Limrite, San Luis Obispo Museum of Art,
San Luis Obispo, CA
2016 Reconstruct-Construct-Pre-Construct: Archeology/Permaculture/Art, curated by Slobodan Dan Paich, Ipek Çankaya,

and Dilek Yalçin Demiralp, Halka Art Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey
In Your Dreams, national exhibition juried by Michael Azgour, Marin Society of Artists Gallery, San Rafael, CA
The Falkirk Galleries Fall Open Juried Art Exhibition, juried by Elisabeth Setten and Stan Gibbs, Falkirk Cultural
Center, San Rafael, CA
32nd Annual Juried National Painting Show, juried by Jeannie Vodden, North Valley Art League & Carter House
Gallery, Redding, CA
59th Juried Exhibition at the Haggin Museum, Guedry Combs Sparkman Memorial Award and Second Place Award
for water media, juried by Brian Blood, Haggin Museum, Stockton, CA
The Zeitgeist: Capturing the Times Through Art, juried by Thomas Reynolds, Dennis Calabi, Derice Machel McGuire,
Petaluma Arts Center, Petaluma, CA
Two-Person Exhibition, Earthbones, with photographer Dennis Letbetter, curated by Slobodan Dan Paich,
The Bonnafont Gallery, San Francisco, CA
The Brilliance of Symbols, juried by Barry Toranto, O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, Mill Valley, CA
Abstract, international exhibition juried by Frances McCormack, Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol, CA
2015 Secret, national exhibition juried by Joan McLoughlin, Arc Gallery, San Francisco, CA (catalogue)
And Then, curated by Jonathon Rosen & Ed Valentine, Gramercy Gallery, New York, NY (catalogue)
Composing Chaos, juried by Chester Arnold, O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, Mill Valley, CA
Black, White, & Shades of Gray, juried by Barry Peterson, O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, Mill Valley, CA
2014 MFA Visual Narrative Second Annual Summer Exhibition, SVA Open Studios, New York, NY
Digital Short Story, curated by Jim Rugg and Mark Sable, Flatiron Gallery, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY
2013 Symbols, juried by Gregory Wiley Edwards, O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, Mill Valley, CA
Narrative Objective/Objective Narrative, MFAVN Gallery, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY
Next To Nothing, curated by Slobodan Dan Paich, The Bonnafont Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Two-Person Exhibition, Two For Tea: Two Artists Who Draw With Tea, with artist Slobodan Dan Paich,
Delta of Venus, Davis, CA
Myths of Your Life, juried by Stacy Hassen, O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, Mill Valley, CA
Darkness & Light, juried by Archana Horsting, O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, Mill Valley, CA
2009 Invited Solo Exhibition, Goddesses to Contemplate & Color, Tiburon Heritage & Arts Commission Gallery,
Tiburon, CA
Intersections: Puzzles as Art, curated by George Miller and Nancy Mintz, Sonoma Valley Museum of Art,
Sonoma, CA (catalogue)
Marin Arts Council Open Studios Gallery, San Rafael, CA
Solo Exhibition, Dreams: A Work in Progress, ICB Studio 347 and Gallery 111, Sausalito, CA
Myth, Magic & Mystery: The Art of Inner Worlds, juried by Jais Booth, Red Door Gallery, Oakland, CA (catalogue)
Archaic Now, curated by Slobodan Dan Paich, Counterpulse Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Does Size Matter? curated by Suzie Buchholz, Gallery 111, Sausalito, CA
2008 Solo Exhibition, Flower Paintings in Casein, ICB Winter Open Studios, Sausalito, CA
Invoking Spirit, juried exhibition, O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, Mill Valley, CA
The Burning of the Ancient Library of Alexandria, curated by Slobodan Dan Paich, Commonweal Gallery,
Bolinas, CA
2007 Tarantella, Tarantula, curated by Slobodan Dan Paich, ODC Dance Commons Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1998 Invited Solo Exhibition, Four Years of Art at AEII, curated by Peggy King, Mary Cooper Library, Seattle, WA
1994 Gargoyles, The Gargoyle Restaurant, Chicago, IL
1993 Solo Exhibition, Cabin Shadows, The Rosebud Restaurant & Bar, Seattle, WA
1992 Invited Solo Exhibition, Alchemical Visions, Howling Frog Gallery, Portland, OR
1991 Mapping the Human Condition, juried exhibition, Peebles Gallery, Lewis & Clark College, Portland, OR

Public Art
2004 Coast Salish Lanterns for the Illahee Mobile, with artist Terry Furchgott, Clark County, WA
2003 Roots on the Rise, art director, installation for the Queen Anne Treewalk, Seattle, WA
The Salmon Staircase, art director, Salmon Bay School, Seattle, WA
2001 Dragon Mural, art director, Salmon Bay School, Seattle, WA
1996 Burke-Gilman Bicycle Mural, art director, Fremont Neighborhood, Seattle, WA
1995 Sacred Geometries, art director, Sand Point Bus Shelter Mural, Seattle, WA
The Chameleon Color Wheel, art director, AEII School (Thornton Creek School), Seattle, WA
1994 A Dragon for Sally, mural, CoHo School at Broadview-Thomson, Seattle, WA
The Dragon’s Pearl, a mural, art director, AEII School (Thornton Creek School), Seattle, WA

Happenings & Quests
2009 Six Decades: Each an Egg of Gold, a quest, Sonoma County, CA, April
2007 The Box of the Ancient Bay, award-winning art letterbox near Tiburon, CA, still active
2006 The Finders of Founder’s Treasure, a quest, Berkeley, CA, Dec
2002 Three Lanterns, performance art piece, Trolloween, Seattle, WA, Oct
2001 Fire at the Freemont Troll, performance art piece with the Cirque de Flambé, Trolloween, Seattle, WA, Oct
1995 The Missing Golden Moose, a quest, Seattle, WA, Sept

Bibliography
2018 Unsworth, Martin.“HBO Game of Thrones Tarot” Product review. Starburst. April 6
Willow, Solaria. “Pop Culture Tarot: Game of Thrones Tarot” Web log. Queen of Swords. Web. April 1
Perez, Rodrigo. “SVA Alum Craig Coss Illustrates Tarot Cards for Game of Thrones” Web interview. SVA/Features.
http://www.sva.edu/features/sva-alum-craig-coss-illustrates-tarot-cards-for-game-of-thrones. Web. March 29
Mankey, Jason. “The Game of Thrones Tarot: A Review” Web log. Patheos/Raise the Horns. Web. March 28
Majka, Katie. “Game of Thrones Tarot Deck: Review and Analysis” Fansided/Winter is Coming. Web. March 24
Patnaik, Katalin. “Hot off the Press: Review of the Game of Thrones Tarot” Web log. Tarot Association of the
British Isles (TABI). http://www.tabi.org.uk/2018/03/. Web. March 22
Chronicle Books. “An Interview with the Artist Behind HBO's Game of Thrones Tarot” Web log interview.
https://www.chroniclebooks.com/blog/2018/03/21/ Web. Mar 21
Abrams & Chronicle Books. “Illustrating HBO's Game of Thrones Tarot: Interview with Craig Coss” Web log
interview. Abrams & Chronicle Books. abramsandchronicle.co.uk/blog. Web. March 20
Pérez, Paloma Díes. “Game of Thrones: consulta tu futuro con estas cartas del tarot inspiradas en la saga”
Fandango.lat. Jan 14. Web. Feb 8
2017 Weber, Courtney. “Game of Thrones Tarot: a talk with author Liz Dean” Web log interview. Courtney Weber.
Aug 29. Web. Oct 4
2016 Adra, Suzy, The States of Presence and Insight in the Painting Process, PhD Dissertation, California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), San Francisco, CA, June
Howell, Daedalus, “Panel Speaks to Spirit of the Times, Petaluma Arts, and Beyond,” Petaluma
Argus-Courier, June 22
2015 McLoughlin, Joan & Shisler, Mary K., Secret. Exhibition catalogue, Arc Gallery, San Francisco, CA, Oct 23
Work published on the School of Visual Arts Home Page, Sept-Oct
Small Press Expo, “Debuting Books,” spx.com, Fall 2015
Roalf, Peggy, “And Then: Creating a Voice at SVA” DART: Design Arts Daily, July 24
Jonathon Rosen & Ed Valentine, curators, And Then. Exhibition catalogue, Gramercy Gallery, New York, NY
2014 Daniels, Jennifer & DeSantis, Alicia, eds. Excuse Me, Ladies and Gentlemen. MFAVN
Rodgers, Jeff, ed. Malleble Type. SVA MFAVN
2013 Roalf, Peggy, “Story Visualized: With Nathan Fox,” DART: Design Arts Daily, July 22
2009 Miller, George, Mintz, Nancy, & Eilertsen, Kate, Intersections: Puzzles as Art. Exhibition catalogue,
Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, June 20
Booth, Jais, Bronton, Cheja & Rasmussen, Lisa Myth, Magic, Mystery: The Liminal in Art. Exhibition catalogue,
Red Door Gallery, Oakland, CA
Schmitt, Diane, “Pen & Ink Drawings at Town Hall” The Ark Newspaper, July 28
Villano, Matt, “The Art of the Puzzle” San Francisco Chronicle, July 12, p. Q39
Nataraj, Nirmala, “Wisdom in Ashes: Artship Ensemble Centers Its Work in Shared Ritual and Collective
Experience,” American Theater, April
2008 Lloyd, Monica, “Moving Toward Expeditionary Learning” Evergreen State College MIT, Feb 29
2003 Sorensen, Eric, “A User's Guide to the Burke-Gilman Trail” The Seattle Times, Sept 18
1998 Reese, Tom, Photographer, “Spring Fling” The Seattle Times, June 5
1996 Crosbie, Laurie “Artist Wakes Up Kids' Imaginations” The Davis Enterprise, Jan 19
1994 Gilbert, Greg, Photographer, “A Fort of Sorts” The Seattle Times, Nov 15

Publications as Author or Illustrator
2018 Dean, Liz, and Coss, Craig (illus), HBO's Game of Thrones Tarot. Chronicle Books. March 20
2016 Coss, Craig, “The Romanian Legend of Master Manole” cover story & art, Storytelling Magazine 8 (4) Aug-Sept

2015 Coss, Craig, The Goddess Coloring Book: Traditional Images to Contemplate & Color. Tatterhood Press. Sept 19
2014 Coss, Craig, NYConText. Tatterhood Press. Artist book published July 25
Fairy Rings. A web comic in watercolors, MFAVN, published online May 30
2009 Coss, Craig, “From an Earlier Uncertain Future: A Renaissance” Not For Construction, Winter
2008 Coss, Craig, The Making History Project: A Simulation of Cultures from Prehisotry to Antiquity. Tatterhood Press.
Sept 20
1985 Parks, Ted, Coss, Richard G, Coss, Craig, “Thatcher and the Cheshire cat: context and the processing of facial
features” Perception 14(6), March

Awards | Honors | Grants
2017 Juror's Award, Brushstrokes 2017, San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, San Luis Obispo, CA
2016 Second Place Prize, Water Media, 59th Juried Exhibition at the Haggin Museum, Stockton, CA
Guedry Combs Sparkman Memorial Award, 59th Juried Exhibition at the Haggin Museum, Stockton, CA
2014 Box of the Week Award, Atlasquest, for The Box of the Ancient Bay, a letterbox. Tiburon, CA
2014 MFA Visual Narrative Departmental Merit Award, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY
2009 Blue Diamond Award, Atlasquest, for The Box of the Ancient Bay, a letterbox. Tiburon, CA
2001 Richard C. and Lois M. Worthington Award, University of Washington, Bothell, WA
1998 Master of the Bardic Arts, honorary degree, AE II (Thornton Creek School), Seattle, WA
1995 Seattle Solid Waste Utility Grant for The Salmon People Project, Kids for Recycling, Seattle, WA

Collections
Works held in private collections in the United States, Switzerland, Germany, France, Italy, and Spain

Arts Teaching Experience

2017 Painting & Drawing instructor, Santa Rosa Junior College Community Education, Petaluma campus, Petaluma, CA
2016 Teaching Assistant to Chester Arnold, College of Marin, Indian Valley Campus, Novato, CA
2015-2016 Private Atelier Drawing & Illustration Courses, Petaluma, CA
2010-2016 Educational consultant & teacher trainer, Making History Project, Seattle & Minneapolis, MN
2008-2015 Artist-in-residence, Making History Project, Seattle, WA & Sausalito, CA
2005-2007 Art Teacher, Willow Creek Academy, Sausalito, CA
2005 ARTS (Art Rewards The Student) Mentor, Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, Sonoma, CA
2002-2004 Art Teacher, Salmon Bay School, Seattle, WA
1994-1998 Full-time Artist-in-residence, AEII (Thornton Creek School), Seattle, WA

Presentations & Lectures
2017 The Unicorn Pen: An Artist's Quest for the Very Impossible, invited retrospective, Friends House, Santa Rosa, Dec 5
2016 Capturing the Times: Our Zeitgeist, four-person panel discussion, Petaluma Arts Center, June 23
Looking Deeply at Children’s Art with VTS, Sebastopol Center for the Arts, May 27
2014 “Painting in the Comics Genre: Fairy Rings,” Guest Lecturer, Chester Arnold’s Painting I-III,
College of Marin, May 8

Additional Education | Mentorships | Apprenticeships
2015 Mentorship with Barron Storey, San Francisco, CA
2011 Painting, Materials & Techniques with Chester Arnold, College of Marin Indian Valley Campus, Novato, CA
2004 Northwest Coast Indian Art with Nan McNutt and Bill Holm, Seattle, WA
2003 Seattle University, Arts Education Endorsement
2002 University of Washington, Bothell, Teacher Certification
1991 Apprenticeship with Sigrid Burton, New York, NY

Affiliations
Society of Illustrators
Petaluma Arts Center
Temenos Foundation
O’Hanlon Center for the Arts
National Storytellers Network
Association for the Study of Women and Mythology
Joseph Campbell Foundation