Germaine Koh is an artist and organizer whose work ranges widely across media. Her work adapts familiar objects, everyday actions, and common spaces to create situations that look at the significance of communal experiences and the connections between people, technology, and natural systems. She is a 2023 winner of the Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts and for the 2023-24 academic year she is a Shadbolt Fellow at Simon Fraser University. She served as the City of Vancouver’s first Engineering Artist in Residence in 2018-20 and as the 2021 Koerner Artist in Residence at the University of British Columbia.
Koh’s ongoing projects include Home Made Home, an initiative to build and advocate for alternative forms of housing; League, a participatory project using play as a form of creative practice. and the Hemlock Micro Studio rural artist residency centered on land-based and sustainability practices.
Koh has taught at the universities of Ottawa, Guelph, Victoria, British Columbia, and at Emily Carr University of Art+ Design. She earned an M.F.A. from Hunter College, City University of New York; a B.F.A. and a B.A. in Theory and History of Art from University of Ottawa; and an Associate Diploma in Building Construction Technology from British Columbia Institute of Technology. She is based on the west coast in traditional Coast Salish territories.