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Every month the museum invites artists to install and demonstrate their art form at the de Young. This interactive program enables visitors to meet artists and gives the artists an opportunity to work with the public. Artists working in various media are encouraged to apply.

Visit the Periscope Project, the artists' online studio

Featured Artist: 

Brett Cook, Healing Our Families, Building True Community Project, Deer Park Monastery, Escondido, CA, 2005

February 3, 2016February 28, 2016

Wednesdays–Sundays, 1–5 pm
de Young | Kimball Education Gallery/Artist Studio
Reception Saturday, February 27, 2–5 pm: Join us in celebrating the artist’s residency with light refreshments

With Models of Interconnectedness, Brett Cook invites museum visitors to experience multidisciplinary works as vehicles for social engagement and personal transformation. Cook presents original drawings from his newly published Clouds in a Teacup: A Mindful Journey and Coloring Book (Berkeley: Parallax Press, 2015), created with global spiritual leader Thich Nhat Hanh, as the starting points for a selection of imaginative projects. Circling the gallery are artifacts and multimedia installations that illuminate community actions. In a practice that takes its model from the building of loving communities, participants are welcomed into a collaborative environment to contribute to artworks that promote ease. Through contemplative, creative activities, Cook provides tactile, dialogical opportunities for recognizing our uniqueness and interconnectedness.

Brett Cook is an interdisciplinary artist, educator, and healer who uses creative practices to transform outer and inner worlds of being. Cook’s projects feature paintings, drawings, photographs, and elaborate installations that pluralistically reinvent representation. His community workshops typically dissolve the boundaries between art making, daily life, and healing, featuring arts-integrated pedagogy, music, performance, and food. Among Cook’s numerous honors are the Lehman Brady Visiting Professorship at Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; the Richard C. Diebenkorn Fellowship at the San Francisco Art Institute; a 2014 inaugural A Blade of Grass Fellowship for Socially Engaged Art; and his selection as a cultural ambassador to Nigeria as part of the US Department of State's 2012 smARTpower Initiative. He is currently a Community Fellow with the UC Berkeley Institute of Urban and Regional Development, and visiting professor in Community Arts at CCA. His work is in private and public collections including the National Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian Institution, the Walker Art Center, The Studio Museum of Harlem and Harvard University.

Image: Brett Cook, Healing Our Families, Building True Community Project, Deer Park Monastery, Escondido, CA, 2005

Upcoming Artists-in-Residence

Liz Harvey & Mary Armentrout
March 2, 2016April 3, 2016
Steve Ferrera, behind the scenes
July 6, 2016July 31, 2016
Masako Miki, Making Her Disappear
August 3, 2016September 4, 2016
September 7, 2016October 2, 2016

The Artist Studio program is made possible with major support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services’ Museums for America program.