Allison B. Cooke
Foundations/Painting and Drawing
MFA (drawing/painting) University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
BS (art education) University of Wisconsin-Madison
Sum Total Faculty Exhibition 2009
Allison Beckwith Cooke was born in Midwest City, Oklahoma. Allison earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Art Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1976 and a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Drawing and Painting from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1988. Throughout her teaching career, Allison has taught a wide range of studio courses including design, color, drawing, life drawing, pastel, oil, acrylic and watercolor at the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design and, since 1988, in the Department of Art and Design housed in the Peck School of the Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Allison has also taught summer courses in drawing and painting in an Art and Design sponsored study abroad program at Santa Reparata International School of Art in Florence, Italy since 2007. For the last four years she has taught a class in Renaissance Painting Techniques including both traditional and contemporary practice in egg tempera and gilding. Allison recently edited a book on oil painting by painter and author Tad Spurgeon called Living Craft: A Painter's Process being published in 2011.
Allison's passion for the aged surfaces, ancient and classical imagery that inspires her artwork has been enhanced by her travels to Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Mexico, Russia, and Sweden. Her images are created with both traditional and experimental approaches primarily in oil and wax, egg tempera and encaustic. Allison has an extensive national exhibition record and is in permanent art collections in Japan and India.