Artist's Statement:


I am a North Carolina artist who uses layering of textiles, ink and thread to create realistic images of exaggerated size to convey impressions of nature. My work has been called fiber art, textile art, or art quilting. My art work, informed by the traditions of quilting and botanical illustrating, combines passions for nature, texture, color and women's work as art. I work with fabric because I love it: the look of it, the feel of it, and its historical meanings of comfort and security. I love the way the machine quilt-line creates both line and texture as bas relief sculpture. Recent work incorporates hand stitching for enrichment and details.

My current series Seed Play began mid 2008 and focuses on tree seeds and fruits, as metaphors for life's riches. Working directly from collected seed specimens, my designs are based on research and sketching to clarify what is architecturally unique for each species. Using the uniqueness of tree seeds as metaphor for all of life, I strive to illustrate that each individual is unique and wonderful by focusing with admiration and care on a part of the tree that is often overlooked.

Biography:

Nancy G. Cook's art has a graphic quality and at the same time, provides an experience of intimacy through close-up views of nature created with layered and embellished fabrics. Her hand-guided machine quilting creates lines and texture reminiscent of low-relief sculpture. In addition to creating one of a kind textile art, Cook lectures, teaches workshops and does commissions. She has been working in this medium since 1994, retiring from working in organizational psychology to create art full time in 2001. Her work is in numerous private and public collections throughout the USA.

Her work has been exhibited on four continents and throughout the United States. She has had a dozen solo and featured artist exhibitions since 2010 featuring her Seed Play series. Winter Robins' Feast is traveling in the Seasonal Palette Exhibition.

Martha Seilman selected her as a featured artist in Art Quilt Portfolios: The Natural World. Her work is featured in the Gallery of Point, Click, Quilt by Susan Brubaker Knapp, C & T Publishers, 2011. Two of her quilts can be seen in 500 Art Quilts: An Inspiring Collection of Contemporary Work, Ray Hemachandra, editor, Lark Books, 2010. Her art textiles have been widely published, including a piece on the cover of Creative Quilting: The Journal Quilt Project in 2006. Pelton's Rose-Gentian received a Best of Show Award at the Aullwood Audubon Center 2010 Exhibition. Cook received a Regional Artist Grant for Established Artists from the Arts and Science Councils of Charlotte, Mecklenburg and surrounding counties in 2009. She was a 2004 Summer Affiliate Artist at the McColl Center for Visual Arts. She was given the Award of Excellence at the 2004 Art and Soul of Quilting, Anderson Arts Center, Kenosha, WI. In 2003, she received a Regional Artist Project Grant for Emerging Artists from the Arts and Science Councils of Charlotte, Mecklenburg and surrounding counties.

Resume:

Public and Corporate Collections:
  • Levine Cancer Center, CMC, Charlotte, NC
  • Duke Cancer Center, Duke University Hospital, Durham, NC
  • Unitarian Universalist Church of Charlotte, Charlotte, NC
  • CMC-Mercy Hospital, Charlotte, NC
  • International Quilt Study Center, University of Nebraska – Lincoln, Lincoln, NE
  • Crossroads Charlotte, Foundation of the Carolinas, Charlotte, NC
  • Prentice Women's Hospital, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL
Solo and Featured Artist Exhibits:
  • 2013 Caldwell County Art Center, Lenoir NC
  • 2013 Maria V Howell Arts Center, Imperial Centre, Rocky Mount NC
  • 2013 Seeds Up Close, NC Arboretum, Asheville, NC
  • 2012 ReCOLLections, MoNA Gallery, Charlotte NC
  • 2012 Seed Play, NC Botanical Gardens, Chapel Hill, NC
  • 2011 Seed Play, Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, Richmond, VA
  • 2012 Seed Play, NC Botanical Gardens, Chapel Hill, NC
  • 2011 Sensual Seeds, Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, Richmond, VA
  • 2011 Re-Visioning Fiber, Lakewood Cultural Arts Center, Lakewood, CO
  • 2011 Seeds Stitched, Waterworks Visual Arts Center, Salisbury, NC
  • 2010 Nancy G Cook: Seed Play; Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens, Belmont, NC
  • 2010 Nancy G Cook: Seed Play; Solo Exhibition, Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens, Belmont, NC
  • 2010 Greg Barnes and Nancy G Cook; Barnes Studio Galleries, Charlotte, NC
  • 2009 Crossroads Charlotte Emerging Artists, Festival in the Park, Charlotte, NC
  • 2009 Nancy G Cook: Regeneration, Community Church, Chapel Hill, NC
  • 2009 Wooden Stone Gallery, Davidson, NC
  • 2008 Seasons of Trees, Nature Gallery, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh, NC
  • 2007 Nancy G Cook, Solo Show, Anderson Arts Center, Kenosha, WI
  • 2006 Rhythms of Nature, Solo Show, Unitarian Universalist Church of Charlotte, Charlotte, NC
Selected Invitational and Juried Exhibitions:

2012-15
  • Earth Stories, Premiere at Michigan State University Museum, East Lansing, MI in 2014
  • The Natural World; IQF, Houston, TX
  • 2012 Handcrafted, Maria V. Howard Arts Center, Rocky Mount, NC
  • Seasonal Palette, IQF at Houston TX in 2012, Cincinnati, OH, Long Beach, CA and the National Quilt Museum in 2013
  • This is a Quilt; exhibits in Canada and Australia
2011-12
  • Barnful of Quilts, Fiber Art Options, featured artists, Waxhaw, NC
  • Art Meets Science, Atlanta GA, San Diego CA, Graves sur Anse, France (2012) and Birmingham, England and New York NY (2011)
  • SAQA: THIS is a Quilt! 2011-12; traveling exhibition to parts of Canada and Taiwan including Taiwan International Quilt Festival 2012
2011
  • Barnful of Quilts, Fiber Art Options, featured artists, Waxhaw, NC
  • Meadowood Stitched, Fiber Art Options, Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens, Belmont, NC
  • Pushing the Surface Invitational, Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum, Coshocton, OH
  • A Natural View Juried Art Exhibition, The Schiele Museum of Natural History and The Gaston County Art Guild, Gastonia, NC
  • Fire and Fiber, Mint Hill Arts, Mint Hill, NC
2010
  • Art Meets Science, Traveling Exhibit; November 2010 – November 2012 Birmingham, UK; Alsace-Lorraine, France; Chicago IL; San Diego CA; Houston, TX; Atlanta GA
  • Charlotte's Got Art, Juried Exhibition, Charlotte NC
  • Charlotte Artery November Exhibition, guest artist, Charlotte NC
  • It's a Green World, Aullwood Audubon Center 2010 Quilt Show, Dayton, OH
  • IQA 500 Art Quilts Invitational Exhibition, Houston, TX
  • A Natural View, Juried Art Exhibit, The Schiele Museum of Natural History and The Gaston County Art Guild, Gastonia, NC
  • Guild of Charlotte Artists, Charlotte, NC
  • Fiber Focus, Mint Hill Arts, Mint Hill, NC
  • Floral Inspirations, Mint Hill Arts, Mint Hill, NC
  • SAQA Frontiers: Art Meets Science, traveling show, opening at Festival of Quilts, Birmingham, England
  • Orchids: Sensuality Stitched, Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens, Gastonia, NC
  • Fiber Show, Mint Hill Arts, Mint Hill, NC
2009
  • SAQA 20th Anniversary Trunk Show, traveling show
  • ARTQUILTStransitions, traveling show, Durham Arts Council, Durham, NC and Page Walker Museum of Cary, NC
  • Sacred Threads, Reynoldsburg, OH
  • Winter Whites, Ciel Gallery, Charlotte, NC
  • Fall Juried Show, Charlotte Art League, Charlotte, NC
  • Winter Fest, Mint Hill Arts, Charlotte, NC
  • Holiday Show, Guild of Charlotte Artists, Charlotte, NC
  • Mint Hill Arts: Quilt Evolution: Traditional to Contemporary, Mint Hill, NC
  • Art in Hand: The Creative Art Exchange/The Children’s Art Project, Cornelius Arts Center, Cornelius, NC
  • The Art of Quilting, Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens, Belmont, NC
  • "RE-USE: Quilts Gone Green", The Works Gallery, Newark, OH
  • Mint Hill Town Hall, Mint Hill, NC
  • BB & T, Mint Hill, NC
2008
  • Amazing Art Quilts, Staunton Augusta Art Center, Staunton, VA
  • Up in Stitches, Yeiser Art Center, Paducah, KY
  • The Quilted Surface IV, QSDI Invitational, Ross Art Museum, Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, OH
2007
  • Professional Art Quilt Associates: Artists Respond, Page Walker Arts and History Center
  • Journal Quilt Project 2006, International Quilt Festival, Rosedale, IL
  • Creative Quilting: Journal Quilt Project Exhibition, International Quilt Festival, Houston, TX
  • Art Quilt Markings, Page-Walker Arts and History Center, Cary, NC
  • Journal Quilt Project 2007, International Quilt Festival, Houston, TX
  • Barnful of Quilts, Waxhaw, NC
  • Inviting Surfaces, SAQA online exhibition, Arlene L. Blackburn, guest curator
2006
  • Journal Quilt Project 2006, International Quilt Festival, Houston, TX
  • Cutting Loose, Southeast SAQA Exhibition, AQS, Nashville, TN
  • Art and Soul of the Quilt, Andersen Arts Center, Kenosha, WI
  • Form, Not Function, Carnegie Center, New Albany, IN
2005
  • A World of Beauty, International Quilt Festival, Houston, TX
  • The Best of SAQA, IQA, Houston, TX
  • Layers and Facets, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC
  • New Traditions, Davidson County Community College, Lexington, NC
  • 24th Annual Fabric of Legacies, Lincoln Center, Ft Collins, CO
  • Art QUILT Art, Quilt Festival, Hoeri, Lake Konstanz, Germany
  • The Best in Southeast Art Quilts, Sidestreet Gallery, Pittsboro, NC
  • Fabrications, Aiken County Historical Museum, Aiken, SC
2004
  • A World of Beauty, International Quilt Festival, Houston, TX
  • In Full Bloom: Floral Quilts, International Quilt Festival, Houston, TX and Rosedale, IL
  • In Full Bloom: Floral Quilts, Patchwork and Quilt Expo IX, The Hague, The Netherlands
  • Art QUILT Art: Exhibition of International Contemporary Quilt Art, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA
  • Summer Affiliate Artist Exhibition, McColl Center for Visual Art, Charlotte, NC
  • The Art and Soul of the Quilt, Anderson Arts Center, Kenosha, WI
  • Days in Fiber Space, Queens University of Charlotte, NC
  • The Art of the Quilt, Piedmont Arts Association, Martinsville, VA
  • Fabrications, Page-Walker Arts and History Center, Cary, NC
2003
  • International Quilt Festival, Houston, TX
  • Art Quilts: Layers of Meaning, PAQA – South, Page Walker Arts and History Center, Cary, NC
  • Airborne: Birds, Flight and the Wrights, Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm, Dayton, OH
  • Vantage Point South, Page-Walker Arts and History Center, Cary, NC
  • Rhythms of Nature, solo show, Unitarian Universalist Church of Charlotte, Charlotte, NC
  • Life Forces: Contemporary Fibers, Central Wyoming College, Riverton, WY
2002
  • Spirited Stitches, Art Institute of Charlotte, Charlotte, NC
  • Art Quilts: Encrustations, International Quilt Association, Houston, TX
  • Art Quilts: Encrustations, Page-Walker Arts and History Center, Cary, NC
  • Wrapped in a Living Tradition, Gallery L, Charlotte, NC
  • The Art of the Quilt, Piedmonts Arts Association, 3rd Biennial Invitational Exhibition, Martinsville, VA
  • Fiber ART Options, Queens University of Charlotte, Charlotte, NC
  • 33rd Annual National Quilt Association Show, Charlotte, NC
Awards, Grants, Residency:

Best of Show, It's a Green World, Aullwood Audubon Center 2010 Quilt Show, Dayton, OH
1st Place – Mixed Media, Spring Juried and Judged Show, Mint Hill Art, Mint Hill, NC
Merit Award; A Natural View, Juried Art Exhibit, The Schiele Museum of Natural History and The Gaston County Art Guild, Gastonia NC
Juror's Choice: Susan Brandeis, ARTQUILTStransitions, 2009
Best of Show- Small: Charlotte Quilters' Guild 2009 show
2009 Regional Artist Grant, Charlotte/Mecklenburg and North Carolina Arts and Science Council
2007 Education Grant, Charlotte Quilters' Guild
Arts and Science Council Scholarship for Creative Capital Established Artists
Professional Development Conference, McColl Center for Visual Arts, Charlotte, NC, 2007
Solo Show Award, The Art and Soul of Quilting, Anderson Arts Center, Kenosha, WI, 2006
Affiliate Artist, McColl Center for Visual Arts, Summer Program, 2004
2004 Arts & Science Council Regional Artist Project Grant, Charlotte/Meck. Inc., Charlotte, NC
2004 Educational Grant, Charlotte Quilters' Guild, Charlotte, NC
Honorable Mention, Small Art Quilts, International Quilt Festival, Houston, TX, 2004
Award of Excellence, The Art and Soul of Quilting, Anderson Arts Center, Kenosha, WI, 2004
Award of Merit- Humor, 2003 Asheville Quilt Show and Competition, Asheville, NC
Judges Choice Award, Old Church Gallery Quilters Show, Martinsville, VA, 2001
Arboretum Award, Asheville Quilt Show, Asheville, NC, 2001

Bibliography (publications including her art):

Art Quilt Portfolio: The Natural World, Martha Sielman, Lark Craft Books, 2012 (featured artist)
SAQA Journal, Fall 2011, SAQA member gallery: Blue Quilts, pg 23 The Studio Quilt: No. 6, State of the Art, Sandra Sider, 2012 Point, Click, Quilt by Susan Brubaker Knapp, C & T Publishing, 2011, pg 109
Art Meets Science, Studio Art Quilt Associates, 2010, pgs 1, 18-19
SAQA Journal, Spring 2010, SAQA member gallery: Pieced Quilts, pg 18
500 Art Quilts: An Inspiring Collection of Contemporary Work, Lark Books, Jan. 2010 pgs 325, 406, 429
Louise Barden, All Stitched Up, Charlotte Realtor Reflections, Jan-Feb 2010, pgs 48-49
Studio Art Quilt Associates Journal 16, pg 59
Quilters' Save Our Stories Interview, The Alliance for American Quilts, April 21, 2004
Studio Art Quilt Associates Journal 15, Nov. 2008, pg 54
SAQA Journal, Winter 2008, p 15
Studio Art Quilt Associates Journal 14, Nov. 2007, Pg 39
Creative Quilting – The Journal Quilt Project, Karey Bresenhan, Ed., November 2006, Cover, Pgs 142-143
Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc. Portfolio 13, November 2006, Pg 36
Studio Art Quilt Associates Portfolio 12, November 2005, Pg 38
The Best of SAQA, CD, November 2005
Quilts: A World of Beauty, Journal of IQA, Winners Gallery, Art, Small, Spring 2005, V. 25, No 4, pp 18-20
Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc. Portfolio 12, 2005, Pg 38
Denton Orator, August 24, 2005
Thomasville Times, August 25, 2005
The Dispatch, August 24, 2005
Art QUILT Art Catalogue, October, 2004, Cover, pg 22
The PENN Online, September 20, 2004
Focus on Batiks, Jan Bode Smiley, C & T Publishers, Spring 2004, Pg 53
Charlotte Observer, May 13, 2001, pg 2F, February 18, 2004 and October 2003
The Art of the Quilt 4th Biennial Invitational Exhibition Catalogue, 2004
Quilting Arts magazine, September 2002, pg 68
The Art of the Quilt, 3rd Biennial Invitational Exhibition Catalogue, 2002

Publications (by her):

A Kousa for Mercy, SAQA Journal, Fall 2012 (web only article)
How Do You Do That? Stitches e-magazine
Quilting by the Slightly Obsessive, Machine Quilting Unlimited, September 2009, Vol. XIV, No. 5, Pgs 66-68
Planning is Key for a Successful Regional Conference, SAQA Journal, Spring 2008, pp 12-13
Techniques in Dimensional Appliquι, American Quilter Magazine, Spring 2004, pp 40-43
Stop! Don't Cut up or Throw out That Quilt, Senior Directions, March 2000, pg 6
Quilts: From Necessity to Self Expression, 2004, 27 pages

Consulting, Presentations, Workshops:

Artist Demonstrator, American Craft Council Charlotte Show, Oct. 30, 31, and Nov 1, 2008
Consultant for Mint Museum of Craft + Design for Fiberart International 2007 Exhibition
Creating Line and Texture with Hand Embellishments, workshop for Charlotte Quilters' Guild
The Generosity of Quilters, lecture, 2007
Spirituality through the Arts, Unitarian Universalist Church of Charlotte, December 2006
From Art Dropout to Art Quilter, lecture, 2005
Spirituality through the Arts, Unitarian Universalist Church of Charlotte, February 2005
Consultant for Mint Museum of Craft + Design, for American Quilt Classics, 1800-1980: The Bresler Collection, docent training, August 2003
Coordinator- 2 invitational quilt shows, Charlotte Institute of Art, November 2002, February 2003
Consultant, Mint Museum of Craft + Design, Quilts from the Carolinas docent training, April, 2002
Panelist for Mint Museum of Craft + Design on Quilting in Families, March 2000; educational program for Spirits of the Cloth exhibition
Quilting demonstrations for Mint Museum of Craft + Design, Charlotte Quilters' Guild, Charlotte Visitors' Center

Professional and Related Volunteer Memberships:

Mint Hill Arts
Studio Art Quilt Associates – Professional Member
Professional Art Quilt Alliance – South – Founding member
Fiber ART Options - Founding member
McColl Center for Visual Arts – Steering Committee for Post-Modern Needleworks Exhibition 2004
Charlotte Quilters' Guild: 1st Vice President, June 2002-May 2003; Program Chair, June 2001 – May 2002; CQG Liaison with the Mint Museum – September 2003- June 2009
Mint Museum of Craft + Design – Docent, American Quilt Classics, 1800-1980: The Bresler Collection

Education:

BA, Queens College, Charlotte, NC; MA, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
Master Class, Dorothy Caldwell, QSDI, 2009
Split Rock Arts Center, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN – Susan Brandeis, 2007
Arrowmont – Elizabeth Barton, 2004
Quilt Surface Design Symposium, Sessions 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003
Design and Composition Coursework with painting instructors Sally Miller of Charlotte, NC in 2003; Ned Wert of Brush Valley, PA in 2002 and 2003