Allison B. Cooke
Allison B. Cooke
Born in Midwest City, Oklahoma, Allison B. Cooke spent most of her childhood living on the east coast before moving to Wisconsin in 1970. Cooke holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Art Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Drawing and Painting from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Throughout her thirty-year teaching career at the college level, Cooke taught a myriad of drawing and painting studio courses, from introductory to advanced levels. She has taught at the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, and the Peck School of the Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is now a full time artist working out of a spacious studio within the Lincoln Warehouse in Milwaukee, overlooking the Kinnickkinnic River.
Cooke is the Director and Visiting Faculty for a summer study abroad program offered through the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. For the past decade, she has taken a group of students to the Santa Reparata International School of Art in Florence, Italy, each year, where she teaches an intensive four-week summer course in Renaissance painting techniques focusing on egg tempera and gilding found in both traditional and contemporary studio practices.
Cooke has an extensive national exhibition record spanning over three decades. She is in permanent art collections in Germany, Japan, India and Ireland and was invited to join an international group of artists in a collaborative traveling exhibition project called "The Drawing Box." Cooke exhibited her mixed media drawings with these artists in Ireland, Italy, Malaysia and the Philippines. In December 2015, she participated in a group invitational painting exhibition titled "Kunst is/Art is" in Kunstraum, Germany.