Newnan ArtRez Artist-in-Residence to host Open Studio
From Special Reports
The Newnan ArtRez Artist-in-Residence program invites the public to an Open Studio at the Newnan ArtRez Gray Cottage on Sunday, August 28.
This free event will feature the work of the August Newnan Artist-in-Residence Katie Cooper and takes place from 3 to 4:30 p.m. The Newnan ArtRez Gray Cottage is located at 23 Clark Street in Newnan, next to the McRitchie-Hollis Museum.
“Katie Cooper comes to us from Tucson, Arizona and has been working at the Gray Cottage since the beginning of August,” says Newnan ArtRez Board member Susan Crutchfield. “We hope everyone gets a chance to join us for this open studio to see what Katie has been working on while in Newnan. Her artwork is really unique and creative.”
Newnan ArtRez offers residencies to emerging and mid-career artists from various disciplines so they can pursue their art away from everyday pressures while engaging in community experiences that enrich Newnan and Coweta County’s cultural environment.
Katie Cooper is a painter and installation artist based in Arizona by way of New York – where she earned her MFA at the School of Visual Arts a long time ago – and Colorado, where she misspent her youth. She has shown nationwide, done school and community residencies, and in 2020 was awarded a Research and Development Grant by the Arizona Commission on the Arts and a Pivot Grant by the Arts Foundation of Tucson and Southern Arizona. Cooper has worked and traveled outside for much of the past decade: at stables and ranches, on a solo mule ride across seven states, retracing that ride in an art-studio van, camping and walking back roads along the way. This lifestyle informs her current body of work, installations and paintings on handmade recycled paper that explore composition while referring to movement, time, space, and the intersection of seen and unseen worlds. She maintains a studio and an old red mule by a dry riverbed in Tucson.