Gene Koss left rural Wisconsin in 1974 after receiving a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin at River Falls. He then earned a Master of Fine Arts from the Tyler School of Art, Temple University, in Philadelphia. Developing a new glass facility and program for Tulane University brought him to New Orleans in 1976. Since that time he has been greatly involved in the development of the city's glass artistry as head of the Glass Department at Tulane University where he has developed one of the most important programs in North America. Gene Koss is the recipient of several awards including the National Endowment for the Arts, The New Orleans Community Arts Board and Pace-Willson Art Foundation grants. His work has been exhibited at the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Contemporary Arts Center of New Orleans, the Masur Museum of Art in Monroe, Louisiana, the Sculpture Center in New York City, as well as the International Biennale for Contemporary Art in Florence, Italy. His work is in many prominent collections including the Pan American Life Collection and the Corning Museum of Art in New York.