Aj Cooke

ARTIST STATEMENT

Through the use of conventions – a code that can be recognized and interpreted by multiple communities, shared meaning can be created by a common sign system, like visual language.  This act of looking is neither completely objective nor subjective due to our cognitive processes sifting through visual information, as well as categorizing the data into personal meaning drawn from memory and experience. Yet our need to compulsively find pattern and organize information – even in our own ways, is a connection that can be exploited and epistemologically portrayed by an image.

 

 

EDUCATION

MFA

      Studio Art, Painting, Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University, Grand Rapids, MI. 2015

Visual Arts Education Certification

      LQ Endorsement K-12; Madonna University, Livonia, MI. 2011

Bachelor of Arts, Fine Art

      Emphasis in Drawing and Painting, Madonna University, Livonia, MI. 2007

      English Minor

HONORS/AWARDS

Commencement Welcome, Commencement Ceremony, KCAD of FSU, Grand Rapids, MI.  2015

Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning Grant, Ferris State University, Grand Rapids, MI. 2015

Juror’s Award, Michigan Emerging Graduate Artist Juried Exhibition, UICA, Grand Rapids, MI. 2015

Merit Scholarship, Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, MI.  2014 – 2015

Midwest UX Conference Scholar, Grand Rapids, MI.  2013

Sophie & Thomas Pluto Scholarship, Madonna University, Livonia, MI. 2010

Naomi Winston Scholarship in Art, Sponsored by the National Society of Arts and Letters, Mid-Michigan Chapter. 2006

Carol Ann Albertson Memorial Scholarship, Fine Art Department., Wayne State University, Detroit, MI. 2002

EXHIBITIONS

2017

Solo Exhibition. City Gallery, Costick Center, Farmington Hills, MI.

Remnants, Solo Exhibition. [SCENE] Metrospace, Michigan State University, Lansing, MI.

2016

CWB062916-1035, Solo Exhibition. The City Water Building by Robert App Gallery, Grand Rapids, MI.

A050216-242, Solo Exhibition. Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor, MI.

Picturing Rorschach: Explorations of the Subconscious, Group Exhibition, The Carr Center, Detroit, MI.

U080715-315, Solo Exhibition. UICA, Grand Rapids, MI.

National Wet Paint MFA Biennial, Group Exhibition juried by Sergio Gomez, Zhou B. Art Center, Chicago, IL.

2015

Paint InFORMed, 2-person Exhibition curated by Steven Vinson, Spiral Gallery, Grand Rapids, MI.

Time/Place, Group Exhibition juried by Rebecca Ruth Hart.  Lansing Art Gallery, Lansing, MI.

Perception & Place: CH030715-3 / MFA Thesis Exhibition, Solo Exhibition. Craft House Gallery, Grand Rapids, MI.

The Visual Language of Perception and Place / Impact: MFA Thesis Exhibition, Group Exhibition. The Fed Galleries of KCAD, Grand Rapids, MI.

Michigan Emerging Graduate Artist Juried Exhibition, Group Exhibition juried by Cindy Buckner, Betsy Odom, and Gabriel Villa. UICA, Grand Rapids, MI.

2014

Drowning in a Sea of Information, Juried Exhibition curated by Seder Burns. Work: Ann Arbor, U of M Stamps School of Art & Design, Ann Arbor, MI.

Painting Now: A Contemporary Painting Exhibition, Group Exhibition juried by Stuart Gibson. Florence Quater Gallery, Southwest University of Visual Arts, Tucson, AZ.

From Our Perspectives: National Juried Women's Art Exhibition, juried by Mary Rousseaux. Oakland Community College, Farmington Hills, MI.

Michigan Fine Art Competition, Group Exhibition juried by DJ Hellerman. Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, Birmingham, MI.

Visualizing Data / The Art of Information, Juried Exhibition curated by Jeanne Moore. Work: Detroit, Detroit, MI.

School Uniform, Group Exhibition. Gallery 602, Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, MI.

Avenue for the Arts Juried Exhibition, curated by Hugo Claudin/Annemarie Buller. Craft House, Grand Rapids, MI.

Michigan Emerging Graduate Artist Juried Exhibition, juried by Jason Franz, Matt Siber, and Lien Truong. UICA, Grand Rapids, MI.

2013

Fusion: Juried Exhibition, Group Exhibition. The DeVos Place, Grand Rapids, MI.

Free Radical, Group Exhibition. Lantern Coffee, Avenue for the Arts, Grand Rapids, MI.

Graduate Work, Juried Exhibition. Gallery 602, KCAD of FSU, Grand Rapids, MI.


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Graduate Assistant, Painting Dept., Kendall College of Art & Design of FSU, Grand Rapids, MI. 2015

Artist Talk, Impact: MFA Thesis Exhibition, KCAD of FSU, Grand Rapids, MI.  May 12, 2015

Artist Talk, Michigan Emerging Graduate Artist Juried Exhibition, UICA, Grand Rapids, MI.  May 1, 2015

The C.R.I.T. Coordinator, MFA Collective, KCAD of FSU, Grand Rapids, MI.  2014-2015

Gallery Assistant, Kendall College of Art & Design of Ferris State University, Grand Rapids, MI. 2015

Art Downtown/Ladies Night, Avenue for the Arts [Gallery] Space, Grand Rapids, MI. 2015

“Break It Down, Make It Better” workshop, Avenue for the Arts, Grand Rapids, MI. 2015

Professional Development Day (for creative professionals), Craft House, Grand Rapids, MI. 2014

“Break It Down, Make It Better” workshop, Avenue for the Arts, Grand Rapids, MI. 2014

Assistant Curator, “Art Downtown”, Helen Miller Gallery, KCAD, Grand Rapids, MI.  2014

Art Prize Volunteer, The Fed Galleries at KCAD of FSU, Grand Rapids, MI. 2014

Avenue for the Arts, Grand Rapids, MI.  2013 – 2015

MFA Collective, Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, MI.  2013 – 2015

BIBLIOGRAPHY

2015

Amanda Jarrett, “Spiral Gallery hosts two ArtPrize entries, gets nod from jurors”, (October 2, 2015).

http://woodtv.com/2015/10/02/spiral-gallery-hosts-two-artprize-entries-gets-nod-from-jurors/

Portfolio Magazine, featured artist (Spring 2015).

http://www.kcad.edu/spring-2015-alumni-portfolio/

Emma Higgins, “Kendall Exhibition Week: A Fresh Perspective”, photograph (May 7, 2015).

http://www.artprize.org/blog/kendall-exhibition-week-a-fresh-perspective

2014

KCAD News, “News Bites: MFA Student Featured in National Exhibition of Women’s Art”, (September 24, 2014).

http://www.kcad.edu/news/news-bites-mfa-student-featured-in-national-exhibition-of-womens-art/

KCAD News, “News Bites: MFA Student Featured in Detroit Exhibition”, (April 9, 2014).

http://www.kcad.edu/news/news-bites-mfa-student-featured-in-detroit-exhibition/

PUBLICATIONS

KCAD Blog: Points of View – art review blog author/creator

“Small Worlds, Small Wonders”, (June 2015).

http://www.kcad.edu/blog/points-of-view-small-worlds-small-wonders/

 

 “Power Objects: The Future Has a Primitive Heart”, (April 2015).

http://www.kcad.edu/blog/points-of-view-power-objects-the-future-has-a-primitive-heart/

 

“David Greenwood: Stop Motion”, (February 2015).

http://www.kcad.edu/blog/points-of-view-david-greenwood-stop-motion/

 

“Die Rohre”, (January 2015).

http://www.kcad.edu/blog/points-of-view-die-rohre/

 

“Desecrated”, (December 2014).

http://www.kcad.edu/blog/points-of-view-desecrated/

 

“I AM: Assuming Positions”, (November 2014).

http://www.kcad.edu/blog/points-of-view-i-am-assuming-positions/

 

“The League of Extraordinary Ladies”, (October 2014).

http://www.kcad.edu/blog/points-of-view-3-the-league-of-extraordinary-ladies-/

 

“Reflexion", (October 2014).

http://www.kcad.edu/blog/points-of-view-reflexion/

 

“I AM: Money Matters”, (September 2014).

http://www.kcad.edu/blog/points-of-view-i-am-money-matters/

Ferris Institutional Repository of Ferris State University, “The Visual Language of Perception and Place” (June 2015).

http://hdl.handle.net/2323/5160

 

Ferris Institutional Repository of Ferris State University, “Information Visualizations” (February 2015).

http://hdl.handle.net/2323/5130

Ferris Institutional Repository of Ferris State University, “The Nude as The Naked: Considering the Photography of Natacha Merritt” (May 2014).

http://hdl.handle.net/2323/4719

Ferris Institutional Repository of Ferris State University, “Defining the Contemporary Role of the Artist: The Relationship of the Artist to the Community as Place” (January 2014).

http://hdl.handle.net/2323/4346