Koukhanova has three completed public art commissions in which she dealt with all aspects of large scale project proposal and fabrication. The highlight of her temporary large scale outdoor work was included in Navy Pier Walk, Chicago, juried by David Pagel, where she exhibited a 16' high sculpture fabricated out of steel and marine vinyl. She has participated in and won awards at national juried group exhibitions at Boston Sculptors Gallery, MA, Owensboro Museum of Art, KY, Marlboro Gallery, MD, Indianapolis Art Center, IN among others. Koukhanova curated and juried a variety of exhibitions. In 2012 she was chosen to be a juror of a National Margo Harris Hammerschlag Direct Carving Award, N.A.W.A.
Koukhanova has received highly competitive full scholarship residencies at Sculpture Space, Utica, NY, Santa Fe Art Institute, New Mexico (both sponsored by Joan Mitchell Foundation Grants), and Vermont Studio Center. She is currently the head of the sculpture program at Cleveland State University, and has been teaching in that capacity since 1999. She also has a continuing engagement with Summer Academy, Venice where she has taught Master classes in sculpture for the past six years.
Koukhanova is a Creative Workforce Fellow 2016. The Creative Workforce Fellowship is a program of the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture, made possible by the generous support of Cuyahoga County residents through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.
© 2014, Irina Koukhanova