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
Illumination - Capturing Light Without A Camera, Gallery 1of1, with Ross Sonnenberg Seattle, WA
Scattered Light, Gallery 110, Seattle, WA
Bright Ideas, Gallery 110, Spotlight Gallery, Seattle, WA
Fugue, Gallery 110, Seattle, WA
Fables, Art and Soul, Seattle, WA
The Cook-O-Matic Calendar Show, NW Industrial Building, Seattle, WA
The T-Shirt Show, Fotocircle Gallery, Seattle, WA
Non-Traditional Color, Photographic Center Northwest, Seattle, WA
Jan Cook, Galleria Potatohead, Seattle, WA
Recent Work, The Oxford, Seattle, WA
Quadraphotique, Roll Up Gallery, Portland, OR
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
The White Show, Gallery 110, Seattle, WA
Printmaking Now, Gallery 110, Seattle, WA
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
Recreated Realities, Colorado Photographic Arts Center, Denver, CO
Happy Nude Year, Anya Tish Gallery, Houston TX
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.
The Volunteer Show, Photographic Center Northwest, Seattle, WA
Recuerdos de Mexico, Photographic Center Northwest, Seattle, WA
Pushing Boundaries, Benham Studio, Seattle, WA
Beyond Borders, Bumbershoot Arts Festival and Internet Gallery Show, Seattle, WA
Beyond Mexico, Italia Restaurant, Seattle, WA
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
Photographers Pick Photographers, Kirkland Arts Center, Kirkland, WA
New Blood, G. Gibson Gallery, Seattle, WA
An Historical Review, Silver Image Gallery, Seattle, WA
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
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
Figurative Fact or Fiction, Photographic Center Northwest, Seattle, WA
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
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
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
Critical Mass Finalist
Regional Arts and Culture Council Professional Development Grant
Artist Trust Gap Grant Recipient
Recognition Award “Nudes”, Northwest Film and Video Open, Chandler Fine Arts, Seattle, WA
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/
Blue Mitchell, Diffusion Magazine, Lemniscate of Diffusion Volume VII, 2016, “Mise-en-Scené Invitational”, page 82.
Julie Grahame, online review on the @Curator blog
Erica Wheeler, Camera Arts, “Blurring the Boundaries Among the Mediums”, August/September, pages 20-23.
Robin Updike, The Seattle Times, "Colorful walls add to exhibits at Farris Gallery", August 15, 1995, Page F1.
Regina Hackett, The Seattle P-I, "Photographers frame their own showing in Kirkland", March 11, 1993 Page C7.
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.
Exhibition Catalog: Art Works for Aids, Seattle Center Pavilion, Seattle, WA. Curated by Chase Rynd.
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.
Partner and Curator, Galleria Potatohead, Seattle, WA
BFA Photography, University of Washington
2 yrs Independent Study with Paul Berger, Photography Professor, University of Washington School of Art
© Jan Cook 2019