Although Enterprise, Oregon artist, Mike Koloski, has drawn and painted since childhood, he acquired his formal training gradually in parallel with other careers as a Coast Guard officer, civil engineer, and teacher. While specializing in engineering for the Coast Guard, Mike studied art at the University of Maryland; the Corcoran School, Washington, DC; the Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia; and the University of Alaska.
After retiring from the Coast Guard in 1985, Koloski continued his art training at the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon, finally earning his degree in painting from the University of Alaska Southeast in 1989.
Mike and his wife, Linda, moved from Juneau, Alaska to Wallowa County in 1995. He immediately became active in community artistic affairs. He has chaired the Wallowa County Festival of Arts and was on the original steering committee developing the JCAC. He is an enthusiastic supporter of the Center and feels privileged to serve on its Board of Directors.
You can find some of his paintings available at our online art shop here: