The mission of the Koth Memorial Gallery is to provide the Longview community with an opportunity to view contemporary artwork from local and regional artists. A broad array of established, new, and emerging artists, from a variety of disciplines, show their work throughout the year.
If you would like to display your work in the Koth Gallery (or the glass case adjacent to the gallery), please contact us at 360.443.5310 or email.
The Koth Gallery is located off the lower floor lobby of the Longview Public Library and is open during library hours.
Wesley L. Koth, 1915-1992
The Koth Memorial Gallery was dedicated in 1993 in memory of Wesley L. Koth, citizen of the world, art connoisseur, and longtime patron of the Longview Public Library. Mr. Koth retired from the Washington State Employment Security Department in 1978 after 29 years of service. He was a 1938 graduate of the University of Washington and attended graduate school at the New School of Social Research in New York to study under a faculty of exiled European intellectuals. He also studied at Oxford University in the summer of 1948. He traveled extensively throughout the world but always returned to his home in Longview. Quiet and unassuming, he left a major legacy to the community through this gallery, which offers area artists opportunities to share their talents with the many citizens who visit the Longview Public Library daily.
The library art gallery was refurbished through a bequest from the Wesley Koth estate and generous gifts from Wesley Koth's nephew, Frank Koth, and his wife Arlene and their three children: David Foster Koth, Judy Charles, and Nancy E. Thompson, who said "It is a perfect memorial as it incorporates both the arts and the library, two of his most favorite things!" In addition to the bequest, Koth's family gave to the library many of his books reflecting his interests in art, music, history and travel.