Anita Cooke has lived and worked as a visual artist and teacher in New Orleans, Louisiana since 1980. She received her BFA in Ceramics from Kent State University in Ohio and her MFA in Ceramics and Sculpture at Newcomb College/Tulane University in New Orleans in 1984. She has taught Ceramics at Tulane University, Loyola University, Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas, at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan and out of her own studio in New Orleans. Her twenty-eight by eight foot high ceramic mural titled "LightSounds" can be seen on the campus of Western Michigan University. In 2005 Anita was a recipient of a Louisiana Fellowship Award. She is currently working with sewing, fabric, mixed media and collage. Her works are in numerous public and private collections.