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EDUCATION

1984 MFA Tulane University, New Orleans, LA Ceramics/Sculpture                           1978 BFA Kent State University, Kent, OH Ceramics

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2018 STRATA: Sculptural Textile Paintings, Mixed-Media and Collage by Anita Cooke; Georgetown Art Center, Georgetown, Texas
2016 Dimensional Patterning II: STRATA, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans LA
2012 Density, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans, LA
2009 Dimensional Patterning: Sewn Constructions, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans, LA 2004 Layered Worlds, Carol Robinson Gallery, New Orleans, LA
1999 GridWorks: New Works in Clay, Carol Robinson Gallery, New Orleans, LA
1996 Collections: New Works in Clay, Carol Robinson Gallery, New Orleans, LA
1992 HomeVisions and Other Works in Clay, Carol Robinson Gallery, New Orleans, LA
1991 Anita Cooke: Recent Works in Clay, Carol Robinson Gallery, New Orleans, LA
1987 Anita Cooke: Recent Works, Mario Villa Gallery, New Orleans, LA
1985 Anita Cooke: New Works in Clay, Mario Villa Gallery, New Orleans, LA

SELECT GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2019

Southern Threads; Southern Ohio Museum of Art, Portsmouth, Ohio. Curator: Charlotte Gordon; September, 2019

2018                                                                                                                    Louisiana Contemporary 2018; The Ogden Museum of Southern Art; New Orleans LA; Aug. 4-Nov. 11, 2018; Juried by Courtney J. Martin, Deputy Director and Chief Curator at the Dia Art Foundation                                                                                     Shelf Life; Acadiana Center for the Arts, Main Gallery; August 11- Nov. 10, 2018;    Curator: Brian Guidry                                                                                    Biomimicry- Re-defining Nature Through Art; Fine Line Arts Center; St. Charles, Illinois                                                                                                         Piecework; The Front Gallery, New Orleans; Curator: Cynthia Scott                        Fiber National 2018, Workhouse Arts Center, Lorton, Virginia. Curator: Rebecca A. T. Stevens

2017                                                                                                               Louisiana Contemporary; Juror: Shantrelle P. Lewis; Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, Louisiana
Art Melt/Forum 35 2017; Capitol Park Museum; Baton Rouge, LA
International Fiber Arts VIII, Curators: Eszter Bornemisza, Wendy Lugg, Jason Pollen; Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol, CA
Art of the South; Curator: Mark Scala; LRoss Gallery; Memphis, TN
Balance; Mayflower Arts Center; Troy, OH, 1st Place Juror Award
Fantastic Fibers International; Curator: John Hopper; Yeiser Art Center; Paducah, Kentucky, Honorable Mention
Art on Paper; Pier 36, New York, NY
4th Louisiana Biennial National; Curator: Rachel Cook; Louisiana Tech University School of Design; Ruston, LA

2016                                                                                                                          A Building With A View: Experiments in Anarchitecture, Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA Curator: Andrea Anderssen PhD- the Helis Foundation Chief Curator of Visual Arts
La Femme, New Orleans Art Center, New Orleans, LA Curator: Don Marshall
Collector’s Choice, Gadsden Arts Center, Quincy, FL                                                  Art Market San Francisco, Booth 101 with Jonathan Ferrara Gallery                    Seattle Art Fair; Booth C2 with Jonathan Ferrara Gallery

2015                                                                                                                  Reverb: Past, Present, Future, Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA Curator: Isolde Broielmaier                                                                            Expanded Media, Carroll Gallery, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, Curator: Laura Richens 2014 TRAHC 26, Annual Juried Exhibition, Texarkana, TX, Curator: James DeWoody

2013                                                                                                                 Crescent City Connection, The Dishman Art Museum at Lamar University, Beaumont, TX Curators: Megan Young and Jonathan Ferrara

2012                                                                                                                     NOLA Now Part II: Abstraction in Louisiana, Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA Curator: DonMarshall                                                                                       Texas Contemporary; Houston, Texas

2010                                                                                                                        Art by Choice, Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson, MS

2009                                                                                                                           In Stitches, Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller Gallery, Curator: Beth Rudin DeWoody, New York, NY                                                                                                           Postcards From the CAC, Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA

2008                                                                                                                 Gallery Artists in Conjunction with Prospect I, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans, LA

2000                                                                                                                       Clay at the Turn of the Century, St. Tammany Art Association Art House, Covington, LA

20                                                                                                                           1998                                                                                                                       The Ghost of Joseph Cornell: Louisiana Artists who have been influenced by Joseph Cornell, Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA Curators: Doug MacCash and Laura Richens

1997                                                                                                                    Survey of Contemporary Clay Artists, Slidell Cultural Center, Slidell, LA Curator: Patricia Watkins

1996                                                                                                          Southeastern Sculpture Invitational, Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond, LA Curator: Don Marshall                                                                                     Thomas Mann: The Burial Project, Invitational, Gallery I/O, New Orleans, LA.


1995 Ceramic Sculpture Invitational, Montgomerey College Rockville Campus Art Gallery, Rockville, MD, Curator: Kevin Hluch                                                                     Ceramic Sculpture Invitational, Center of the Earth Gallery, Charlotte, NC Curator: Paul Sires

1994 Louisiana Sculptors, St. Tammany Art Association, Covington, LA Curator: Don Marshall                                                                                                                 100 Years of Ceramics at Newcomb College 1894-1994: A Faculty Retrospective, exhibit in conjunction with the annual NCECA Conference, New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA                                                                                             Ceramic Works, four-person exhibition of works in clay, Carol Robinson Gallery, New Orleans, LA

1993 Contemporary Crafts in the Urban Environment, juried exhibition of Louisiana contemporary works in Craft media in conjunction with “The Year of the Craft, New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA Curator: John Perreault
Experimental Glass Exhibition, Gallery I/O, Invitational in conjunction with Studio Inferno, New Orleans, LA

1992 Vessels: An Exploration of the Sculptural Vessel, Loyola Danna Center Gallery, New Orleans, LA Curator: Carole Leake                                                                    

1991 Ceramic Expression, Slidell Cultural Center, Slidell, LA
Limited Seating: Louisiana Artists Interpret the Chair, Gallery I/O, New Orleans, LA Curator: Thomas Mann
Delta Mud, Louisiana in Clay, New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, New Orleans, LA

                                                                                                                         1989 Annual Michigan Artist Competition, Battle Creek Art Museum, Battle Creek, MI Juror: Don Baum                                                                                             Kalamazoo Area Show, Kalamazoo Institute of Art, Kalamazoo, MI Juror: Miriam Shapiro

1988 Western Michigan University Faculty Exhibition, Dalton Center, Kalamazoo, MI 1987 Louisiana in Clay, Downtown Gallery, New Orleans, LA Curator: Don Marshall        Functional Art, Mario Villa Gallery, New Orleans, LA                                           Rockbottom, 2-person show, Foster Gallery, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA                                                                                                                        Loyola Faculty Exhibition, Fine Arts Gallery of Loyola University, New Orleans, LA


1986 Stephen F. Austin State University Faculty Exhibition, Art Department Gallery, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, TX
2nd Annual Art Place Canal Place, in cooperation with the CAC Juror: Henry Geldzahler
18th Annual Louisiana Craftsmen’s Show, LSU Union Art Gallery, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA Juror: Bill Kramer
Loyola Art Department Faculty Exhibition, Danna Center Art Gallery, Loyola University, New Orleans, LA Newcomb Art Department Faculty Exhibition, Newcomb College Art Gallery, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
Ceramics Works Invitational, Spirit Arts Center, Charlotte, NC

1985 Sculpture Works, Mario Villa Gallery, New Orleans, LA
Festival of New Works, Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA Juror: Roberta Smith
Loyola Art Department Faculty Exhibition, Danna Center Art Gallery, Loyola, University, New Orleans, LA Newcomb Art Department Faculty Exhibition, Newcomb College Art Gallery, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
Bastille Day Exhibition, 4-person show, Marigney Gallery, New Orleans, LA
Pots About Pots, Variations on a Clay Anatomy, Washington University, St. Louis, MO in conjunction with the NCECA Conference

BIBLIOGRAPHY
Austin Chronicle, Arts Section; August 19, 2018; Austin, Texas                                                                 Woman’s View, by John D’Addario, Beaucoup Section, The New Orleans Advocate, March 17, 2016                                                                                                  Reverb: Past, Present, Future by Eric Bookhardt. Gambit Magazine. Oct. 19, 2015
At the CAC, Past, Present and a Bit of the Future of Post-Katrina Art,” by John D’Addario. The New Orleans Advocate, Aug. 26, 2015
Unusual Inspirations Make Fascinating Art by Carol Schlueter. Newcomb Art News. Sept. 30, 2015
Artists See the Poetry in Trash at Tulane University by Doug MacCash. The Times-Picayune. Sept. 2015 Finding Home Art E-Walk by Nemo (blog) Sept. 22, 2015
Anita Cooke: Artist Profile, by Ian McNulty, New Orleans Homes and Lifestyles Magazine, Winter 2012
Works by Aaron Collier and Anita Cooke by D. Eric Bookhardt, Gambit, November 13, 2012
Art Fly: Julia Street November Openings, by Rachel Gorman, Pelican Bomb, online Arts Magazine, Nov.9, 2012 Art in Abundance, Watching the River Sew by Doug MacCash Lagniappe Section, The Times-Picayune Newspaper, Oct.2, 2009
Details, Details, Textural Complexity, by Karen Gist, Inside/Out Section, The Times-Picayune Newspaper, New Orleans, LA Oct. 3, 2009
Anita Cooke Creates a Stunner and Then Takes a Breather, by Doug MacCash, Lagniappe Section, The Times- Picayune Newspaper, Dec. 31, 2004
Busy, Busy: Anita Cooke’s Complicated Collages are Obsessive Masterpieces, by Doug MacCash Lagniappe Section, The Times Picayune Newspaper, New Orleans, LA May 14, 2004
Three For the Legacy by Terrington Calas, The New Orleans Art Review, May/June 2004
New Orleans Gumbo, by Gerry Williams, The Studio Potter Magazine, Volume 29 #2, 26 Ceramic Artists in Louisiana                                                                                 Feats of Clay: Making a Point in the Medium, by Sam McCarty, The Covington Picayune Newspaper, Feb. 3, 2000 Anita Cookes Grids, by Marian S. Mclellan, The New Orleans Art Review, May/June 1999
Marks, Grids and Mazes, by D. Eric Bookhardt, The Gambit Weekly, April 27, 1999
Ecole de Cornell, by Terrington Calas, The New Orleans Art Review, Jan./Feb/ 1999      Anita Cooke: Human Roots, by Judith Bonner, The New Orleans Art Review, May/June 1996
A Cornucopia of Clay, by Chris Waddington, Lagniappe Section, The Times-Picayune Newspaper, March 25, 1994 Home Visions, by Judith Bonner, The New Orleans Art Review, October, 1992
Anita Cooke at Carol Robinson Gallery, by Rick Wilson, ISMS, A Journal of Criticism and Contemporary Thought, October 1992
Ceramic Art Show Opens at Center, by John Kemp, The Picayune Newspaper, Oct. 17, 1991
Fragments of A Culture, by Jesse Nash, The New Orleans Art Review, March/April 1991
Cooke’s Monumental Ceramics Work Best, by Roger Green, Lagniappe Section, The Times-Picayune Newspaper, Feb. 22, 1991
New Mural Brightens a Too-Often Drab Landscape, by Mark Maher, The Kalamazoo Gazette Newspaper,
Fri. Nov. 24, 1989
Knauss Mural Intensive Task, Says Ceramist, by Rebecca Janson, The Kalamazoo Gazette, Thurs. Oct. 12, 1989 Multi-Colored Mural, Western News, Western Michigan University, Vol. 16, Number 11, Nov. 9, 1989
Three Artists Weave a Sense of Mystery in an Impressive Exhibit, by Roger Green, The Times-Picayune/States Item Newspaper, March 28, 1987
Loyola Faculty Exhibition, by Roger Green, The Times-Picayune/States Item, Nov. 10, 1985
New Works Heralds a Bleak Future, by Roger Green, World of Art, Lagniappe, the Times-Picayune/States Item, March 1, 1985 (review of juried group show)
New Work Disappointment, by Luba Glade, Beholder Section, The Gambit Weekly, March 1985
Sibling Rivalry, by Virginia Levie, The New Orleans Art Review, A Journal of Criticism, Feb./March 1985
Contrasts, by Luba Glade, Beholder Section, The Gambit Weekly, Feb. 9, 1985
Viewing a Trio of Talented Sculptors, by Roger Green, Lagniappe Section, The Times-Picayune/States Item, Feb. 1, 1985
Recent Works of Tulane Art Department Faculty, by Roger Green, The Times-Picayune /States Item, Nov. 11, 1985 Kohlmeyer Winner Finds Art in Clay, by R. D. Inside Tulane, vol. 3, #5, Jan. 1984

VIDEOS/FILM
Treme, TV Series, Season 1, 2 episodes

Art Critic Doug MacCash visits artist Anita Cooke, videos, nola.com, 2009
Video Interview with artist Anita Cooke, by Jason Berry on Vimeo, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery

Outdoor Sculpture on Campus, The WMU Permanent Art Collection, My WMU, youtube.com, Nov. 11, 2015,

PUBLIC COMMISSIONS
1989 LightSounds, Exterior ceramic tile relief mural, 28’l x 6.5’ h. Commissioned by Western Michigan University, Knauss Hall, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI

LECTURES/WORKSHOPS
2018 Artist Talk (upcoming) in conjunction with Anita Cooke Comprehensive, Georgetown Art Center,Georgetown TX
2005 ArtSpeak, Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA, Moderator: Doyle Gurtjetson
2000 ArtSpeak, Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA, Moderator: Lin Emery
1989 Ceramics Workshop Taught by Anita Cooke, Central Michigan State University, Mt. Pleasant, MI 1988 Lecture, Slide Presentation, Kalamazoo Institute of Art

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2008-18 Practicing Artist, New Orleans, LA
2005-08 Hurricane Katrina studio/home recovery
1990-2005 Instructor, Private and group classes in Ceramics for children and adults, Anita Cooke Studio, New Orleans, LA
1992 Instructor, Tulane University, University College, Beginning Ceramics
1990-91 Ceramics Instructor, Country Day Summer Creative Arts Program, Country Day School, Metairie, LA                                                                                        1988-89 Visiting Assistant Professor, (Sabbatical Replacement position)Ceramics and 3-D Experience, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI
1984-88 Instructor, Ceramics and 3-Dimensional Foundations, Loyola Visual Arts Department, Loyola University, New Orleans, LA                                                      1986 Visiting Assistant Professor, Ceramics and 3-Dimensional Design, (Sabbatical Replacement position)Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, TX                                                               1986 Visiting Instructor, Drawing, Delgado Community College, New Orleans, LA
1984-86 Instructor, Ceramics, Tulane University Department of Art, New Orleans, 1982-84 Full-time Graduate Teaching Assistant, Ceramics, Department of Art, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA                                                                                     1978 Instructor, Ceramics II, Canton Art Institute, Canton, OH

SCHOLARSHIPS/AWARDS/GRANTS
2017 New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA), Honored Artist, presented in conjunction with Love in theGarden, NOMA patron benefit

2006 KAT Grant, Juried by panel, monetary relief for artists affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Funded in part by the Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation Relief Fund Hurricane Katrina/Rita monetary relief
Idea Village Grant, juried, awarded to artists affected by Hurricane Katrina and Rita

2005 Louisiana Fellowship Award, Louisiana Division of the Arts, Louisiana State Arts Council, competitive monetary award

1988 Visiting Artist, Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, North Edgecomb, ME
1982-84 Full-time Teaching Assistantship, Graduate School Teaching Assistant Fund, Tulane University,New Orleans, LA, full tuition scholarship plus teaching stipend
1983 Eleanor B. Kohlmeyer Graduate Award in Studio Art; Monetary award presented annually to asecond year graduate student, selected by the tenured art faculty

PAST GALLERY REPRESENTATION

2008-2018; Jonathan Ferrara Gallery; New Orleans, LA

1991-2006;  Carol Robinson Gallery; New Orleans, LA

1985-1991: Mario Villa Gallery; New Orleans, LA

SELECT COLLECTIONS

Second Line Stages, Movie Studio, New Orleans                                                         Oil Tanking North America, Houston, TX
Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI
Ralph and Susan Brennan, New Orleans                                                               Thomas and Dathel Coleman, New Orleans                                                                Dr.Nia Terezakis, New Orleans, LA
Mike and Tracy Dodd, New Orleans, LA                                                                  Charles Whited, New Orleans, LA                                                                             Paul and Deborah Park, North Adams, Massachusetts                                              Linda Nichols, Honolulu, Hawaii
Charmaine Neville, New Orleans, LA
Charlotte Gordon, Portsmouth, Ohio                                                                           Dr. Henry Threefoot, New Orleans, LA
Mike and Aimee Siegel, New Orlleans, LA Thomas Mann, New Orleans, LA
Hal Lewis, Tallahassee, FL
Dan Piersol, New Orleans, LA
Lester Vial, New Orleans, LA
Nathan Mays
Tommy Lemann, New Orleans, LA
Beth Wheeler, New Orleans, LA
Stephanie Bruno, New Orleans, LA
Ray Manning Architecture, New Orleans, LA Brooks Graham Architecture, New Orleans, LA