Created and Sold by Barbara Cooper

Barbara Cooper
Sculptures by Barbara Cooper seen at Avalon Branch, Chicago Public Library, Chicago - Current


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Chicago-based sculptor Barbara Cooper has done
public art commissions all over the U.S. This one, “Current" (2007) can be seen at the Avalon Branch Library in Chicago.

"Current" grew out of thinking of the library as a place that makes waves in a community—the ripple effect that results from reading, learning, and discovering. It is a place for interacting, finding resources, and for understanding where we have been and where we might go.

The spaciousness of Avalon Branch Library’s 30-foot high atrium draws the visitor to look up toward the light. It is a space that leads the visitor into the community room and the library itself.

Current builds on the quality of water that is already embodied in the intersecting, concentric rings of the terrazzo floor and the translucent blue-green of the countertops as well as on the concept of what a library can be.

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Barbara Cooper

Meet the Creator

Barbara Cooper works fluidly between sculpture and drawing. Bellevue Arts Museum, Washington, presented an extensive solo exhibition, accompanied by a 32-page color catalogue. Other solo shows include the Gerald Peters Gallery in Santa Fe, the Chicago Cultural Center, Fassbender Gallery in Chicago, the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, and the Hafnarborg Institute of Culture and Fine Art, in Iceland.

She has been an invited artist at Pilchuck, and the Kohler Arts / Industry Program, and the Johnson Atelier. Yaddo, Macdowell, Ragdale, Blue Mountain Center, Montalvo, and the Camargo Foundation in France, are among the many residencies she has held.

Her work is in the collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, the Cranbrook Museum of Art, Smithsonian Museum of American Art, and the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Wisconsin, among others.

Cooper recently completed public art commissions for the Avalon Library in Chicago and the Chicago Transit Administration, and the Rhode Island Airport in Providence. A Chicago resident, Cooper has received three Illinois Arts Council Fellowships.”