Biography

[New Orleans, LA ::: b. 1954]

ANITA COOKE has lived and worked as an artist and teacher in New Orleans since 1980. She received her BFA in Ceramics from Kent State University in Ohio in 1978 and her MFA in Ceramics and Sculpture at Tulane University in New Orleans in 1984. She has taught Ceramics at Tulane, Loyola University (in New Orleans), 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 foot long ceramic mural entitled “Lightsounds” can be seen on the campus of Western Michigan University. In 2005 Anita was a recipient of a Louisiana Fellowship Award. Most recently, her work was included in the 10-year Katrina Memorial exhibition REVERB: Past, Present, Future at the Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans curated by Isolde Brielmaier. Her works appears in numerous public and private collections including: Oil Tanking North America (Houston), Thomas and Dathel Coleman and Ralph and Susan Brennan.

STATEMENT |||

I use the term “Dimensional Patterning” to describe the building up of the surfaces in my work through the making, compiling, composing, and assembling of similar elements that are repeated in a quasi-ordered, patterned way. Large acrylic-painted canvases are cut into strips that are then pierced, cut, frayed, folded, torn, sewn and glued together into an array of loosely structured order. In my current body of work, the strips are positioned with edges facing front. These edges often have machine-created knots sewn directly on them numbering in the hundreds.  These separate parts are amassed in multiples, which are then assembled, arranged and adhered to a backing.

Patterns consist of repeated elements: lines, shapes, colors and textures. These elements can be “patterned” and repeated endlessly with no one element being in the visual forefront with a discernible focal point, beginning, or end point. Because they can possess this quality of “the never-ending”, patterns, then, can function to suggest or remind us of the incalculable, measureless space that surrounds us and that we are not usually concerned with or aware of in the routines of our daily lives.

 

CURRICULUM VITAE |||

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EDUCATION
1984      M.F.A., Tulane University, New Orleans, LA;  concentration: Ceramics/Sculpture        
1978      B.F.A., Kent State University, Kent, OH; concentration: Ceramics

COLLECTIONS

Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo
Oil Tanking North America, Houston
Thomas and Dathel Coleman, New Orleans
Ralph and Susan Brennan, New Orleans

SCHOLARSHIPS, AWARDS, GRANTS
2006    Katrina/Rita Artists Trust Fund- KAT Grant; Juried by panel; monetary relief for artists
            affected by Hurricane Katrina and Rita. Funded in part by the Andy Warhol Foundation
            for the Visual Arts; Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX
2006    Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation Relief Fund; Hurricane Katrina/Rita;
            Artist monetary relief
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. Description:  Full tuition scholarship plus stipend.
1983      Eleanor B. Kohlmeyer Graduate Award in Studio Art. Description:  Monetary award
              presented annually to a second year graduate student, voted upon by the tenured
              art faculty.

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2016      Dimensional Patterning 2: STRATA, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans, LA
2012      Density, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans, LA
2009      Dimensional Patterning: Sewn Constructions by Anita Cooke, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery,
              New Orleans, LA
1999      Gridworks, New Works in Clay by Anita Cooke, Carol Robinson Gallery, New Orleans, LA
              Collections: New Works in Clay by Anita Cooke, Carol Robinson Gallery, New Orleans, LA
1992      HomeVisions and Other Works in Clay by Anita Cooke, 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, A Solo Exhibition, Mario Villa Gallery, New Orleans, LA
              M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition, Newcomb College Art Galleries, Tulane University,
              New Orleans, LA

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2015     REVERB: Past, Present, Future, Contemporary Art Center (CAC); New Orleans, LA, 
            Curated by Isolde Broielmaier
            Expanded Media, Carroll Gallery, Tulane University; New Orleans, Curated by Laura Richens
2014     TRAHC 26th Annual Juried Exhibition, Texarkana, Texas, Curated by James DeWoody
2012     NOLA Now Part II: Abstraction in Louisiana, Contemporary Art Center; New Orleans, La. Curated by Don Marshall
2009     In Stitches, Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller Gallery, curated by Beth Rudin DeWoody, New York, NY
2008     Gallery Artists Exhibition in conjunction with Prospect.1, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans, LA


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