Michael Cooper

Artist’s Bio

Michael Jean Cooper was born in Richmond, California in 1943 and grew up in Lodi, California. He completed his B.A. in Commercial Art and his M.A. in Sculpture at San Jose State College before attending U.C. Berkeley where he completed his M.F.A. in Sculpture in 1969. Michael retired from Foothill-DeAnza College, Cupertino, California in 2004 after teaching as an Instructor of Art for 34 years.

During his professional career Michael Cooper has been honored with numerous awards and fellowships including the Crafts Council of Australia Fellowship Grant (a year working in industry in Australia), the Rome Prize in Sculpture (a year at the American Academy in Rome) and a National Endowment for the Arts award. Michael has participated in multiple one-man and group shows and is represented in various publications, and private and public collections.

Michael lives in Sebastopol, California where he works daily in his studio adjacent to his home. He typically works in wood and metal or a combination of both. His most recent work is influenced by his interest in combining organic and geometric forms with kinetic elements.

A forty-year retrospective titled Michael Cooper: A Sculptural Odyssey is currently on tour in the U.S. and is on display at the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, MA until May 2012 when it will travel to the San Francisco Museum of Craft & Design for the final showing.



Artist’s Statement

“The sculpture/chair series continues my exploration of wood, aluminum and steel using various laminating, machining and welding techniques. I find that bent wood lamination, in a single plane or in a compound curve, has enormous potential in developing form, strength and design. The sculpture/chair that develops during this exploratory process of options is both mysterious and elusive for me, but it is powerful and seductive when it works.”


Artspace Survey Launch: Counting Asheville Artists & Creatives for Affordable Housing Solutions

The Center for Craft and Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce are pleased to announce the launch of a comprehensive community outreach campaign and survey to quantify affordable housing and space options for Asheville’s artists, makers, performers and creatives. The Arts Market Survey, with a tagline of “Keep Asheville Creative,” is the next step to addressing community need as part of a bigger project to develop live/work, mixed-use-model development for the creative sector in Asheville.


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