By Rebecca Pikus

Gary Kott began his illustrious career as an Advertising man in NYC, a Screenwriter & Author in Hollywood– and now a Sculptor & Painter here in the Desert– you know, a true Renaissance Man! In person Gary Kott is modest, humorous, incredibly intelligent and a completely delightful & engaging man. One would never know his award-winning & accomplished background.

In his writer/screenwriter career, Gary received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Marietta College, a Peabody Award, Writers Guild of America Award, People’s Choice Award, NAACP Image Award, two Humanitas Prizes, and an Emmy Award nomination. His stage Plays have been seen at The Actors Studio in New York, Grove Street Playhouse, & Santa Monica Playhouse. He has been a guest speaker at The Museum of Broadcasting & the Smithsonian Institution. In advertising in NYC Gary became Vice President & Creative Director at Ogilvy & Mather. In Hollywood Gary was Writer/Supervising Producer of “The Cosby Show”, “Fame”, “Remington Steele” & “The White Shadow”. He is the Author of “The Master of Coconuts”, “Noose”, “Darling Blood”, “The Nonexistent Antoine Gray”, “Meg & Blu” and “Jack Du Soleil”. Kott is currently writing an Autobiography of his incredible life!

From New York City to the Hamptons (where Kott started experimenting with his new-found love of art in the basement) – to Hollywood & glamorous Beverly Hills — then to the spiritual environment of Santa Fe — Kott found the paradise of Palm Springs! Now we are so fortunate to have Gary here among us in our eclectic culture here in the Desert! Gary went from the “Pen” to “Paint” and is currently producing amazing, lyrical sculptures & paintings — in his home which he shares with his equally amazing & beautiful wife Karen Kott here in Rancho Mirage. His studio/workshop is located on Perez Rd in Cathedral City – where he paints and creates sculptures of airplanes, typewriters, guitars… whimsical artwork from found objects: wood, hinges, bolts, hardware store items.


In October, 2014 Gary was selected to be in the “Aviation Show” exhibition at the Grand Opening of the Leslie Jean Porter Gallery ( He has also been chosen to be in the upcoming Rancho Mirage Tour of Artists Homes/Studios on April 18, 2015.

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