The M.F.A. Painting Program at University of Washington brought Celeste Cooning to Seattle. Ten years later, she is best known for creating large-scale, hand-cut paper installations. Cooning exhibited among select northwest artists in the 2012 Bellevue Arts Museum Biennial. Aside from numerous group exhibitions and a solo exhibition at Mission Gallery, Chicago, her work adorns city parks, storefronts, special events, and the stage.
2013 marked the transformation of Cooning’s signature cut paper aesthetic into a permanent outdoor sculpture through 1% for Public Art and Seattle’s Office of Arts and Culture. Bounty functions as a threshold for Jackson Park Perimeter Trail in Seattle’s Pinehurst neighborhood. The stylized, ornate fronds harken to the lush, abundant beauty of the Pacific Northwest landscape.
More of Celeste Cooning’s permanent installations are on view in Seattle at Starbuck’s Headquarters, Theo Chocolate Tour Hopper, Bridges @11th, and Harborview Medical Center. Her visual art practice thrives with the continued support from Sound Transit, Seattle Office of Arts and Culture, Artist Trust, 4Culture, Pratt Fine Arts Center, and Chihuly Garden and Glass.
For additional information, please visit www.CelesteCooning.com