Super Cooper 10
November 1 – December 21, 2016
Super Cooper 10 will feature the work of more than 20 artists past and current tenants of Cooper Artist Housing and the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center since its inception in 2006. The exhibition includes more than 40 artworks including paintings, sketches, sculpture, photographs and even a kayak.
A decade ago, three floors of the old Frank B. Cooper School on Delridge Way SW became one of only four affordable housing programs in Seattle dedicated to low income creative people. Since then, the converted-classroom live/work studios, numbered lockers, and wide shiny hallways have incubated the generative works of over 100 individuals: poets, aesthetes, designers, painters, writers, dancers, sculptors, musicians, performers, photographers, film makers, multimedia artists and builders, to name just a few. Cooper Artist Housing has also forged a strong community, in which children have been born, friendships have been made, collaborations have launched, and creative careers have taken flight.
The Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, housed on the first floor of the Cooper School, also celebrates 10 years this year. Youngstown is a jewel of the diverse Delridge neighborhood and a national model for engaged community collaboration, hosting and producing youth programming, performance arts and a multitude of other activities. Youngstown houses eight nonprofit organizations and a branch of Interagency, an alternative public high school, and rents space to community groups for a variety of uses. Upwards of 30,000 people visit Youngstown each year for work, school, workshops, classes and programs.
Artists featured in Super Cooper 10 include Iole Alessandrini, Flynn Bickley, Susanna Bluhm, Smitty Buckler, Gina Coffman, Reneé DeMartin, Yvette Diltz, Gretchen Van Dyke, Crystal Fosnaugh, Barbara Fugate, Sean Gallagher, Maureen Brogan Glidden, Paul Goldstein, Nate Herth, Richard Kent, Koji Kubota, Joey McChan, Erin Miller, Androu Morgan, Mike Mullins, Tenaya Sims, Sharon Swanson, BK Tran, Teresa White, and Benjamin Yarges.
Cooper Artist Housing and the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center were created and are operated by the Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association (DNDA), which serves Southwest Seattle through access to affordable housing, arts & culture, preservation of greenspace, food justice, and education. www.dnda.org
Images from top to bottom:
Das Wald/Sommer/The Woods. Summer. Richard Kent, 2015. Image 9” x 6”; Matted Image 11” x 14”, Lino Print, Pastels, Ink Spray
The Coopercabana. Koji Kubota, 2006. 22” x 30”, Oil on Canvas