Lia Cook

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Lia Cook
Born (1942-11-24)November 24, 1942
Education University of California, Berkeley
Known for Textiles
Website Official website Edit this at Wikidata

Lia Cook is an American fiber artist noted for her work combining weaving with photography, painting, and digital technology.[1] She lives and works in Berkeley, California and is known for her weavings which expanded the traditional boundaries of textile arts. She has been a professor at California College of the Arts since 1976.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Lia Cook was born November 24, 1942 in Ventura, California[3] to James Paul Polese and Esther Miriam Homan.[2] She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 1965 and went on to earn a master's degree in 1973. After studying theater at San Francisco State University, Cook received a BA in political science from University of California, Berkeley in 1965. During her time there, she studied painting and ceramics, in addition to political science. She went on to receive a Master of Arts in design from the University of California, Berkeley in 1973. During this time, she studied closely with textile artist, Ed Rossbach.[4] Cook completed several fellowships with the National Endowment for the Arts between 1974 and 1992.[5]


Cook's work focuses on breaking theories of art, craft, science and technology by combining all aspects in her textiles. Her latest project is about the brain and incorporates how humans physically and emotionally respond to images. Cook is considered a pioneer in her use of the electronic Jacquard loom, which she uses in her own work and in her teaching.[6]


Major exhibitions[edit]

Public collections[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

  • 1996 – Distinguished Faculty Award, California Faculty Award, California College of Arts and Crafts[5]
  • 1998 – Distinguished Alumnus Award, University of California, Berkeley[8]
  • 2000 – Flintridge Foundation Fellowship[7]
  • 2003 – Artist's Fellowship Grant, California Arts Council[7]
  • 2008 – Gold Medal Award, Lausanne to Beijing 5th International Fiber Art Biennale Exhibition, Beijing, China[7]
  • 2010 – Artist Residence TREND group, Transdisciplinary Research in Emotion, Neuroscience and Development, Department of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine[7]
  • 2011 – Center for Cultural Innovation, Investing in Artists grant for Artistic Innovation[7]
  • 2012 – Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship (SARF)[7]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Lia Cook". Craft in America. 2016. Retrieved March 5, 2016.
  2. ^ a b Brooks-Myers, Inez (1995). Lia Cook. Oakland, California: Oakland Museum of California. pp. 51–52. ISBN 1-882140-08-7.
  3. ^ Nelson, Mary Carroll (1985). Layering: an Art of Time and Space. Albuquerque, New Mexico: The Albuquerque Museum. pp. 23–24, 48.
  4. ^ Wasserman, Abby (1995). "Athena in Avalanche Country: the Art of Lia Cook". The Museum of California magazine.
  5. ^ a b Sorkin, Jenny; Tromble, Meredith (2002). Portfolio Collection Lia Cook. England: Telos Art Publishing. p. 6. ISBN 1 902015 34 7.
  6. ^ "Lia Cook: On the Loom of Contradiction | American Craft Council". Retrieved March 6, 2016.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Cook, Lia (2016). "Resume – Lia Cook". Resume – Lia Cook. Site Developed By Flying Seal Systems. Retrieved March 5, 2016.
  8. ^ Sorkin, Jenny; Tromble, Meredith (2002). Portfolio Collection Lia Cook. England: Telos Art Publishing. p. 6. ISBN 1 902015 34 7.

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