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Barbara Cooper

4908 N. Paulina
Chicago, IL 60640, U.S.A.
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Phone: 773-784-4832

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Public Art Commissions----------------------------------------------------------------------------

2015        Hinsdale Public Library, Hinsdale, IL: Circuit, suspended wood and metal sculpture

2013        Florida Gulf Coast University Library, Fort Meyers: Ecotone, suspended wood sculpture

2009        Rhode Island Airport Commission, TF Green Airport: Interval, hand-painted, and fired tiled glass tile wall

2009        Chicago Transit Authority, Brown Line:  Transitions, glass mosaic wall and suspended stainless and brass sculpture

2007        Avalon Branch Library, Chicago:  Current, suspended wood sculpture

2004,05 City of Chicago Parks District, Chicago Art in the Garden: Wave, steel trellis structures and plantings design


Selected One-Person Exhibitions---------------------------------------------------------------

2015        Perimeter Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, “Repurposing: small sculpture”

2012        Perimeter Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, “Schism: Sculpture and Drawing”

2007        Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, Washington. “ re:Growth”

2007        Merwin Gallery, Illinois Weslyan University, Bloomington, Illlinois.  Cross Sections:  Sculpture and Drawing”

2006        Cultural Center, Chicago, Illinois.  “Disruptions”

2006        John Michael Kohler Art Center, Sheboygan, Wisconsin, “Broken Terrain”

2004        John Michael Kohler Art Center, Sheboygan, Wisconsin, “The Persistence of Growth”

2003        Hafnarborg Institute of Culture and Fine Art, Hafnarfjordur, Iceland

2003        Southwest School of Art and Craft, San Antonio, Texas, “A Recording of Growth”

2000        Fassbender Gallery, Chicago, “Sculpture and Drawing”

2000        Sybaris Gallery, Royal Oak, Michigan

1999        Southeast Missouri State University Museum, Cape Girardeau, Missouri

1998        Fassbender Gallery, Chicago

1997        Joanne Rapp Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona

1996        Sybaris Gallery, Royal Oak

1996        Fassbender Gallery, Chicago

1994        Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago

1994        Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio


Selected Group Exhibitions-----------------------------------------------------------------------

2014        John Michael Kohler Art Center, Sheboygan, WI: “Collaboration and Revelation”

2012-14  State of Illinois Museum, Chicago, and Lockport Galleries, IL:” Fragile Relations: Art, Nature and Environment”

2012        Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL: “Con Templem”

2012        Pilsen Storefront Pods, Chicago, IL: “The Installation Experiment”

2012        Governors State University Art Gallery, IL: “Ways of Making: Sculpture”

2012        DePaul Art Museum, Chicago, IL: “Highlights from the Permanent Collection”

2011        Fredrik Meijer Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids, Michigan: “Sculpture Today: New Forces, New Forms”

2011        Lehman College Art Gallery, NYC, NY:  Sticks and Stones”

2007        Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico:  Cooper, Murrill, Oshita Sculptures

2007        Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.  “Hot House:  Expanding the Field of Fiber At Cranbrook, 1970-2007”

2006        Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, Illinois.  Material Sensiblities”, curated by Polly Ullrich

2005        Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico: Ink, Clay, Wood, Stone, and Steel

2005        Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago: Material Difference, curated by Polly Ullrich

2005        Herron School of Art, Indianapolis, Indiana: Biennial Sculpture Invitational, site-specific outdoor piece

2005        Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC: High Fiber

2005       The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, Hawai’i: Selected Works from the Collection

2005        Lemberg Gallery, Ferndale, Michigan: Inherent World

2004        Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago: Soft Edge, curated by Staci Boris

2004        Museum of Fine Arts, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida: Terrestrial Forces, catalogue

2004        Zolla / Lieberman Gallery, Chicago: Onward and Upward

2004        Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan: 100 Treasures of Cranbrook Art Museum, catalogue

2003        Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe: Affinity to Form: Artists Working in Wood

2002        Evanston Art Center, Evanston, Illinois: Ingrained

1998–99                   Illinois State Museums, From Limb to Limb: traveling exhibition throughout the state, catalogue

Selected Awards---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

2014        Artist in Residence, City Museum of Copenhagen, Denmark, developed “Intersections”, an extensive garden project

2009        Artist’s Fellowship Award, Illinois Arts Council

2009        Artist in Residence, Pilchuck Glass School

2006        Kohler Arts / Industry Program, three-month residency fellowship

2005        Vermont Studio Center, one-month residency fellowship

2004        Eastern Frontier Society, Norton Island, Maine, three-week residency fellowship

2003        Hafnarborg Institute of Culture and Fine Art, Hafnarfjordur, Iceland, one-month residency fellowship

2002        Fellowship and Residency Award, Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest, Clermont, Kentucky

2001        White Artists Colony, Costa Rica, one-month residency fellowship

2000, 02 Artist’s Fellowship Award, Illinois Arts Council

2000        Gilsociety, Akureyri, Iceland, one-month residency fellowship


Public Collections--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest, Clermont, Kentucky

The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu

Cranbrook Academy of Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, Sedalia, Missouri

Landmark Bank, Columbia, Missouri

John Michael Kohler Art Center, Sheboygan, Wisconsin

Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, Kansas

Illinois State Museum, Springfield, Illinois

Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, California

Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Illinois

Racine Art Museum, Racine, Wisconsin

Smithsonian National Museum of American Art, Washington, DC

Sprint, Kansas City, Missouri

William Rainey Harper College, Palatine, Illinois

Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio

Yellowstone Art Museum, Billings, Montana


Selected Bibliography-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Abell, Jeff. “Barbara Cooper: Fassbender Gallery, Chicago.” “C” International Contemporary Art Magazine, Issue 60, Nov.1998, p. 44.

Apel, Dora, ed. Cranbrook Art Museum: 100 Treasures. Bloomfield Hills, MI: Cranbrook Art Museum, 2004, pp. 242–243.

Bates, Geoffrey. “From Limb to Limb.” The Living Museum, Vol. 60, No. 1, 1998, pp. 9–12

Brunetti, John.  Barbara Cooper, re: Growth, catalogue, Bellevue Arts Museum, 2007, 32 pages.

Cassidy, Victor.  “Barbara Cooper at the Chicago Cultural Center”, Art in America, April 2007, p. 148

Cassidy, Victor.  “Sculpture Invasion”, 2007,  catalogue.  Koehnline Museum of Art, Desplaines, IL; p. 24-5.

Castro, Jan Garden. “St. Louis Review.” Sculpture Magazine, November 1999, p. 65.

Craig, Gerry. “Barbara Cooper,” Sculpture Magazine, December 2000, pp. 69–70.

Hixson, Kathryn. “Chicago in Review.” Arts Magazine, February 1989, pp. 106–107.

Howard, Martha. “The Tension of Containment: A Sculpture Invitational.” New Art Examiner, January 1992, p. 35.

Jacob, Mary Jane. “Undulating Memories of Time.” Sybaris Gallery Brochure, April–May 2000.

Leucking, Stephen. “Biomorphs: Organic Abstraction and the Mechanics of Life,” Sculpture Magazine, Jan.–Feb. 2000,,pp. 38–43.

Miro, Marsha. “Sculptures by Barbara Cooper.” Fiberarts, January–February 2001, pp. 56–57.

Nelson, Hal. The Presence of Absence, Chicago: Collectors of Wood Art, 2006, pp. 7,12.

Nouvelle Objet VI. Seoul, Korea: Design House Publishers, 2001, pp. 28–31.

Palladino-Craig, Allys, and Preston McLane, “Terrestrial Forces”. Tallahassee, FL: Florida State University Museum of Fine Arts, 2004. Exhibition catalogue, pp. 18, 19, 36–37, front and back cover.

Shermeta, Margo. “Contemporary Sculpture: A Question of Elegance.” Fiberarts, Summer, 1991, pp. 22–27.

Snodgrass, Susan. An Art of Essence: The Sculpture and Drawing of Barbara Cooper. DeKalb, IL: Northern Illinois University Art Museum, August 1995. Brochure.

Ullrich, Polly. “From Limb to Limb: Extended Review from Chicago.” New Art Examiner, December–January 1999–2000, p. 46.

———. “Barbara Cooper: Layering Time.” American Craft, February–March 2000, pp. 66–69.

———. Material Difference. Chicago: Chicago Cultural Center and Friends of Fiber Art, 2006, pp. 12, 34.

Thodos, Diane. “Barbara Cooper.” New Art Examiner, April 2001, p. 52.


Wittkopp, Gregory, editor.  Hot House:  Examining the Field pf Fiber at Cranbrook. 1970-2007: p. 40.