Biography: As Founder and Director of the Venice Institute of Contemporary Art (ViCA) since 2011, Juri Koll curates and presents exhibits at museums, galleries and fairs in the U.S. and abroad, such art the Chabot Museum in Rotterdam, Netherlands and the Wilhelm Morgner Haus Museum in Germany, and the Long Beach Museum of Art Annex, the Torrance Art Museum, and the Museum of Art and History, and OCCCA, Photo LA, Art Palm Springs, the LA Art Show, Gallery 825, TAG, and Muzeumm Gallery. ViCA’s gallery is located in downtown Los Angeles. He has written about art for publications such as the New York Times, the Huff Post, and FABRIK. Juri Koll was born in San Francisco in 1961. He actively sought out important artists as part of his studies, including photographer Edmund Teske, and began exhibiting his work at an early age. After classical and film studies at UC San Diego with filmmakers such as Jean-Pierre Gorin and photographer Fred Lonidier, he received his BFA from California Institute of the Arts in 1984, where he was mentored by Jo Ann Callis and John Divola among many others. Koll has exhibited his work at Photo LA, Cameravision, Muzeumm, Temporary Space LA, LA Louver, California Institute of the Arts, UC, San Diego, the Xenodrome in San Francisco, the Mike Kelley Gallery at Beyond Baroque Literary Art Center, Art Share LA, the Gabba Gallery, the Porch Gallery, the Torrance Art Museum and the Museum of Art and History in Lancaster, California among many others. He has taught fresco technique at the J. Paul Getty Villa, and has taught art at Brooks College and film at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. He is a member of the Directors Guild of America. HIs feature narratives have appeared in over 70 film festivals. Recently he directed his first feature, a female driven murder mystery called Jackson’s Hole. He is the Director of the Fine Arts Film Festival, in its 8th year, which features art films and films on the art world from across the globe. He has produced and directed notable art world documentaries and worked with major museums and galleries, such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The National Gallery in Washington, D.C., the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco. His work appears in universities, galleries and museum collections including the Archives of American Art at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, The University of New Mexico Art Museum, Brown University, College of DuPage Library, Corvallis Public Library, McAlester College, and Trinity University.