The Complexity of Bowls
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About the artist
Vicki Cook was born in 1965 and grew up in Southwest Ohio. In 2017, Cook returned to college at the Gwen Frostic School of Art at Western Michigan University, where she graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts emphasis in metals and jewelry in spring of 2020.
Cook’s metalwork has been shown in museums and galleries across the Midwest and juried into various art fairs in the region. She has written several metalsmithing articles and tutorials for Art Jewelry Magazine and Lark Books. She has taught metals classes at Krasl Art Center in St Joseph, Michigan and the Kalamazoo Institute of Art in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
In her current body of work, Cook uses small scale sculptural metalwork to express her view on life and our relationships with each other. She is interested in how people relate to each other.
Cook’s brooch titled Don’t Touch Me received the Watkins and Yassenoff Award for Excellence at the Ohio Craft Museum’s Best of 2019 national exhibition and was featured on their poster. In 2019 she recieved the Society of North American Goldsmith’s Educational Endowment Scholarship and the Midwest Metalsmith’s Merit Scholarship in 2019 and again in 2020. Her sculpture Pierced received the Phil Chmura Memorial Award at the Michigan Contemporary Art Exhibition at the Muskegon Art Museum 2019. In 2020 she was honored with a Windgate-Lamar Fellowship and grant. She lives and works in Southwest Michigan.