Sculptures by Barbara Cooper seen at Florida Gulf Coast University Library, Fort Myers - Ecotone
Sculptures by Barbara Cooper seen at Florida Gulf Coast University Library, Fort Myers - Ecotone
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Ecotone

Wood and metal suspended structure (36’ x 12’ x 8’); Florida Gulf Coast University Library, Fort Myers, FL.

In environmental ecology, an ecotone is a place where two different habitats meet. While an ecotone has some of the characteristics of each bordering community, it also has certain plant species that are not found in either. The influence of the two bordering communities on each other is known as the “edge effect” and it is where much wildlife activity occurs.

Ecotone reflects the fact that the library at the nexus of the university is a place where different areas of study meet, overlap, and generate new ideas and energies beyond the confines of the individual disciplines that it supports.

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.”

Available for commission/custom work