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Southern artist Polly Cook creates stunning mosaics of painted ceramic tile on wood panel inspired by themes of love and longing, hope and desire, celebrating our relationships with one another. Her work is narrative in nature, yet each piece suggests (rather than resolves) a story for the figures depicted. Cook draws and carves into large slabs of clay, often letting them break as they will; these random breaks in the images add to the psychological undertone of the work through their evocation of fragmentation and complexity.

EDUCATION
1985 B.F.A., Ceramics and Sculpture, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
-- La Sierra College, Loma Linda University, Riverside, CA
-- Portland School of Art, Portland, ME
-- Bracknell College, Bracknell, England

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2013 Bill Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, GA
2011 Tafkaj Art Gallery, Geneva, Switzerland, Nuits des Bains
-- Union University, Jackson, TN
2010 Taylor’s Contemporanea, Hot Springs, AR
2007 Bennett Gallery, Nashville, TN
2003 Bennett Gallery, Nashville, TN
-- Blue Moon Gallery, Hot Springs, AR
2002 Duncan Miller Gallery, Washington, DC
-- Urban Artware, Winston-Salem, NC
1999 DFN Gallery, New York, NY
1998 Local Color, Nashville, TN 1996 Nashville Arts Company, Nashville, TN
1995 Bennett Gallery, Knoxville, TN
1993 The Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, GA -- The Lowe Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
1992 Sandler Hudson Gallery, Atlanta, GA
1989 Sandler Hudson Gallery, Atlanta, GA
1986 Maple Hill Gallery, Portland, ME

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2011 Alumni Show, Brandstater Gallery, Riverside, CA
2010 Nashville Counts!, Rymer Gallery, Nashville, TN
2010 Party with Picassos, Women for the Arts, Texarkana Country Club, TX
2009 5 X 5 X (5), Target Gallery, Alexandria, VA
2008 TRAHC regional exhibition, Texarkana, TX
2006 TRAHC’s 18th annual juried Artshow, Texarkana, TX
-- Bennett Gallery, Nashville, TN
-- Bennett Gallery, Knoxville, TN
2003 Blue Moon Gallery, Hot Springs, AR
2000 DFN Gallery, New York, NY
1997 Southeastern Juried Exhibition, Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, AL
-- National Painting Exhibition, The Painting Center, New York, NY
-- ARTstravaganza Exhibition, Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga, TN
1995 The Red Clay Survey, Fourth Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary Southern Art, Huntsville Museum of Art, Huntsville, AL
-- Clay National, Zoller Gallery, Pennsylvania State University
1994 Cheekwood Fine Arts Center, Nashville, TN
1993 Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
-- Seventh Annual San Angelo National Ceramic Competition, San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, San Angelo, TX
1992 SPOTLIGHT ’92, American Craft Council South East Region, Richmond, VA
1991 Feats of Clay, Lincoln, CA
-- Lill Street Gallery, Chicago, IL
1990 American Craft Council Southeast Region, Kentuck Museum, Northport, AL
1988 Young Americans, American Craft Museum, New York, NY
-- G.H. Dalsheimer Gallery, Baltimore, MD
-- Small Works National, NOW Gallery, New York, NY
1987 The Figurative Image, America House Gallery, Tenafly, NJ
1985 Spartanburg Arts Center, Spartanburg, SC
-- Clay National, Erie Art Museum

SELECTED PERMANENT AND PRIVATE COLLECTIONS
Anastasia and Tony Brown
The Pepsi-Cola Company
Steiner-Liff Iron and Metal Co
J. Alexander’s Restaurant
Planned Parenthood
Embassy Suites, Orlando, Florida
MCA Records
Vanderbilt University
The Hyatt Regency, Rochester, NY
John Seigenthaler

AWARDS AND HONORS
2006 Best of Show TRAHC’s 18th annual Juried Artshow
2005 Poster Artist for Jump, Jive, and Jam festival, Texarkana, TX
“One Voice” Olympic CD, MCA records
Cash Award, ARTstravaganza Exhibition, Hunter Museum of Art
Cash Award, Clay National
Merit Award, The Red Clay Survey, Huntsville Museum of Art
1st Place Award, “4th Annual Great Lakes Show,” Chicago, IL
Best of Show, Fall Crafts Fair, Nashville, TN
Best of Show, Columbus Arts Festival, Columbus, OH
Purchase Award, Clay National, Erie Arts Museum, Erie, PA
Best of Ceramics Award , Annual Student Art Competition, Knoxville, TN

 

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