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Jan Cook’s work is about imagination and mystery. She worked as a photographer in Mexico and that experience influenced her imagery by developing her interest in traditional ritual and celebration. She has a fine art background and likes to work with with alternative and mixed media processes. Her images are a combination of photographic reality and fabrication created by using traditional darkroom techniques in unconventional ways.


Jan resides in Portland but is originally from Seattle. She has exhibited in the US and Mexico. Recently, she has shown at Roll Up Gallery in Portland and Gallery 1/1 in Seattle, and was published in Diffusion Magazine.


SOLO AND FEATURED EXHIBITIONS
2017
Illumination - Capturing Light Without A Camera, Gallery 1of1, with Ross Sonnenberg Seattle, WA

2014
Scattered Light, Gallery 110, Seattle, WA

2012
Bright Ideas, Gallery 110, Spotlight Gallery, Seattle, WA

2011
Fugue, Gallery 110, Seattle, WA

2006
Fables, Art and Soul, Seattle, WA

2001
The Cook-O-Matic Calendar Show, NW Industrial Building, Seattle, WA

1995
The T-Shirt Show, Fotocircle Gallery, Seattle, WA

1993
Non-Traditional Color, Photographic Center Northwest, Seattle, WA

1990
Jan Cook, Galleria Potatohead, Seattle, WA

1989
Recent Work, The Oxford, Seattle, WA

 


GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2019
Quadraphotique, Roll Up Gallery, Portland, OR

2016
2nd Annual Group Show, Davis Orton Gallery, Hudson, NY. Juror: Paula Tognarelli
Diffusion Annual Exhibit, A Smith Gallery, Johnson City, TX. Curated by Libby Rowe and Blue Mitchell

2011
The White Show, Gallery 110, Seattle, WA
Printmaking Now, Gallery 110, Seattle, WA

2010
Food for the Soul, Gallery 114, Portland, OR
Unbridled Narcissism, Blackfish Gallery, Portland OR
Evergreen: A Sense of Place, WA State Convention and Trade Center, Seattle, WA
New Members: New Work, Gallery 110, Seattle, WA

2003
Recreated Realities, Colorado Photographic Arts Center, Denver, CO
Happy Nude Year, Anya Tish Gallery, Houston TX

2002
Greenwood Art Walk, Seattle, WA
Annual Member's Showcase, Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA
Member's Juried Exhibition, Juror: Marsha Burns, Photographic Center NW, Seattle, WA.

2001
The Volunteer Show, Photographic Center Northwest, Seattle, WA

1999
Recuerdos de Mexico, Photographic Center Northwest, Seattle, WA

1997
Pushing Boundaries, Benham Studio, Seattle, WA

1996
Beyond Borders, Bumbershoot Arts Festival and Internet Gallery Show, Seattle, WA

1995
Beyond Mexico, Italia Restaurant, Seattle, WA

1994
Seattle Art Museum Rental Sales Gallery, Seattle, WA
Eros Erotica, Metropolis Gallery, Seattle, WA
Photo Exhibition, Italia Restaurant, Seattle, WA
National Invitational Photography Exhibit, Sara Spurgeon Art Gallery, Central Washington University, Ellensburg, WA. Curated by Jim Salstrand

1993
Photographers Pick Photographers, Kirkland Arts Center, Kirkland, WA

1992
New Blood, G. Gibson Gallery, Seattle, WA
An Historical Review, Silver Image Gallery, Seattle, WA

1991
Collaborators, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA
100 True Stories, Potatohead Gallery, Seattle, WA
Bumberbiennale, Bumbershoot Arts Festival, Seattle, WA. Curated by Mathew Kangas
Exhibition #5, Microsoft Corporation, Bellevue, WA
Northwest Film and Video Open, Chandler Fine Arts, Seattle, WA

1990
Art Works for Aids, Seattle Center Pavilion, Seattle, WA. Curated by Chase Rynd
Never Before Funded, Bumbershoot Arts Festival, Seattle, WA. Curated by Shawn Ferris
The Nude: Classic and Erotic, Silver Image Gallery, Seattle, WA
150 Years of Photography, Galleria Potatohead, Seattle, WA
Third Annual Photography Group Show, Cameratechs/C.E. Rynd Gallery, Seattle, WA

1989
Figurative Fact or Fiction, Photographic Center Northwest, Seattle, WA

1988
El Mes de la Fotografia (The Month of Photography), Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. Show in conjunction with event.
Interiores (Interiors), Casa de Cultura, Villahermosa, Tabasco, Mexico

1987
III Muestra Editorial de las Fronteras, Parque Juarez, Villahermosa, Tabasco. Mexico. Writers Conference.
Mexico Blanco y Negro (Mexico Black and White), Galeria Macondo, Villahermosa, Tabasco, Mexico
University of Washington BFA Show, School of Art, Seattle, WA
Jan and Spike, The High Spot Café, Seattle, WA

1986
Juried Student Exhibition, University of Washington School of Art, Seattle, WA. Curated by Mathew Kangas.
Co-Art, Independent Group Show and Performance Event. Seattle, WA

 


GRANTS, AWARDS, RESIDENCIES
2017
Critical Mass Finalist

2017
Regional Arts and Culture Council Professional Development Grant

1997
Artist Trust Gap Grant Recipient

1991
Recognition Award “Nudes”, Northwest Film and Video Open, Chandler Fine Arts, Seattle, WA

 


ARTICLES, REVIEWS
2017
Kat Kiernan, Photo of the Day May 19, 2017, Don’t Take Pictures, http://www.donttakepictures.com/photo-of-the-day/?offset=1495972800145
Elin Spring, Altered States Abound at Photolucida 2017, What Will You Remember? Blog http://elinspringphotography.com/blog/photolucida-2017-altered-and-abstract-imagery/

2016
Blue Mitchell, Diffusion Magazine, Lemniscate of Diffusion Volume VII, 2016, “Mise-en-Scené Invitational”, page 82.

2015
Julie Grahame, online review on the @Curator blog
http://acurator.com/blog/2015/05/jan-cook-chromoskedasic-paintings.html

2004
Erica Wheeler, Camera Arts, “Blurring the Boundaries Among the Mediums”, August/September, pages 20-23.

1995
Robin Updike, The Seattle Times, "Colorful walls add to exhibits at Farris Gallery", August 15, 1995, Page F1.

1993
Regina Hackett, The Seattle P-I, "Photographers frame their own showing in Kirkland", March 11, 1993 Page C7.

1993
Carla Sabotta, The Seattle Times, "Photographers Pick Work of Their Peers", Page 30.
Laura Brunsman and Ruth Askey, Modernism and Beyond, Women Artists of the Pacific Northwest, Midmarch Arts Press, NY, Page 91.

1990
Exhibition Catalog: Art Works for Aids, Seattle Center Pavilion, Seattle, WA. Curated by Chase Rynd.

 


RELATED EXPERIENCE
1988-2013
Photography jobs have included lifestyle, portraits, editorial, product shots, film stills for motion picture, stock for Getty Images and art documentation for artists. Staff Photographer for three years with Chihuly Studios and one year at the Cultural Institute of Tabasco, Mexico.

1988-1993
Partner and Curator, Galleria Potatohead, Seattle, WA

 


EDUCATION
1987
BFA Photography, University of Washington

1989
2 yrs Independent Study with Paul Berger, Photography Professor, University of Washington School of Art


 

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