Lynette Cook depicts urban landscapes of San Francisco’s Chinatown and surrounding regions. Her images — often, gritty scenes that we tend to look past — are painted with harmony, sensitivity, and occasionally even humor. There is poetry and beauty in the stark urban scenes that could be from any metropolitan area and often feature laundry blowing in the urban jungle breezes.

​EDUCATION

1984                  MFA, Drawing, California College of Arts and Crafts (now California College of the Arts)

1982                  BFA, Drawing & Painting, Mississippi University for Women (magna cum laude)

1981                  BS, Biology, Mississippi University for Women (magna cum laude)

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2016                  SHAD.O, Gallerie Citi, Burlingame, CA

                  Catching Shadows, Morris Graves Museum of Art, Eureka, CA                 

2012                  Inspirations, Vargas Gallery, Mission College, Santa Clara, CA

2008                  The Search for a World Like Our Own: Imagine Earth 2.0, swissnex San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

2001                  Extrasolar Planets, California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, CA

2000                  The Gallery at Villa Montalvo, Saratoga, CA

Planetary Systems Discovered at Lick Observatory, and Other Celestial Imagery, Lick Observatory, Mt. Hamilton, CA

1998                  Evergreen Galleries, Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA

                  Paintings of the Universe, Faculty Club, Stanford University, Stanford, CA

                  Art of the Universe, Cogswell Polytechnical College, Sunnyvale, CA

1997                  Discovering the Universe, Fireplace Gallery, Mt. Hood Community College, Gresham, OR

1996                  UCSF Faculty/Alumni House, University of California, San Francisco, CA

 

TWO-PERSON EXHIBITIONS

2016                  Stereopticon: The San Francisco Bay Area by Charlotte C. Cook-Fuller and Lynette Cook, Stanford Art Spaces, Palo Alto, CA

2015                  Point, Counterpoint: San Francisco Through the Eyes of Charlotte Cook-Fuller and Lynette Cook, Evergreen Museum & Library, Baltimore, MD

                  DressUP, Gallerie Citi, Burlingame, CA NOTE: REMOVE FROM “SOLO EXHIBITIONS”                 

1986                  Strybing Arboretum; San Francisco, CA NOTE: REMOVE FROM “SOLO EXHIBITIONS”

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2018                  Richeson75 Landscape, Seascape & Architecture 2018, Richeson School of Art & Gallery, Kimberly, WI

Spring Showcase, Christian Daniels Gallery, San Francisco, CA

                  Urban Landscapes, Christian Daniels Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2017                  BIG Exhibition of Small Works, Andra Norris Gallery, Burlingame, CA

                  Small Works, Christian Daniels Gallery, San Francisco, CA

So— Andra Norris Gallery, Burlingame, CA

                  Cityscapes 2017, Christian Daniels Gallery, San Francisco, CA

                  Urban Vistas, Christian Daniels Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Streets of San Francisco, Christian Daniels Gallery, San Francisco, CA

                  Salon at the Triton, Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, CA

                  Steep Hills and Tall Buildings, Christian Daniels Gallery, San Francisco, CA

                  Local Streets, Christian Daniels Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2016                  Small Works, Christian Daniels Gallery, San Francisco, CA

                  Fall National Juried Exhibition, Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, Novato, CA

                     Richeson75 Still Life & Floral 2016, Richeson School of Art & Gallery, Kimberly, WI

                  Richeson75 Small Works 2016, Richeson School of Art & Gallery, Kimberly, WI

2015                  Silicon Valley Small Art 2015, Vargas Gallery, Mission College, Santa Clara, CA

                  Tiny, Studio Gallery, San Francisco, CA

                  Delicious, Studio Gallery, San Francisco, CA

                  Make it Work, Studio Gallery, San Francisco, CA

                  City Streets, Studio Gallery, San Francisco, CA

                  Crocker-Kingsley Competition, Blue Line Arts, Roseville, CA

                  Terrain, Studio Gallery, San Francisco, CA

                  Richeson Small Works 2015, Richeson School of Art & Gallery, Kimberly, WI

                  Gallery 85, San Jose, CA

2014                  Salon 2014 Statewide 2D Competition and Exhibition, Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, CA

                  Tiny, Studio Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Art Silicon Valley/San Francisco (International Contemporary Modern Art Fair), Gallerie Citi, San Mateo Event Center, San Mateo, CA

                  Delicious, Studio Gallery, San Francisco, CA

                  City Streets, Studio Gallery, San Francisco, CA

                  Collector, San Francisco Airport, San Francisco, CA

                  Collector, Berkeley, CA

                  Waves of the Current, Klein Gallery, Lafayette, CA

                  Space Stories, Roll Up Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2013                  2013 Statewide Painting Competition and Exhibition, Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, CA

Gems II, Arts Benicia, Benicia, CA

                  Array, Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA

                  Silicon Valley Small Works II, Vargas Gallery, Mission College, Santa Clara, CA

                  Tiny, Studio Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Falkirk Annual Fall Juried Exhibition, Falkirk Cultural Center, San Rafael, CA
Nature's Many Splendors: Farms, Gardens, and Woodlands, Filoli, Woodside, CA
Collector, Berkeley, CA
5th Annual 50/50, Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica, CA

                  Summer National Exhibition, Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, Novato, CA

                  UArt Open 2013 Exhibition, University Art, San Jose, CA

                  City Streets, Studio Gallery, San Francisco, CA

                  Breath of Spring, Pacific Art League, Palo Alto, CA

                  Delicious, Studio Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Richeson Small Works 2013, Richeson School of Art & Gallery, Kimberly, WI
The Guerilla Show 3, Arc Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2012                  George Krevsky Gallery, San Francisco, CA

                  Introductions 2012, ArtZone 461 Gallery, San Francisco, CA

                  Tiny, Studio Gallery, San Francisco, CA

                  First Annual Small Painting Exhibit, Rich Timmons Studio & Gallery, Doylestown, PA

                  4th Annual 50/50, Pacifica, CA

                  Bon Appétit, Pacific Art League, Palo Alto, CA

                  28th Annual Juried National Show, North Valley Art League, Redding, CA

2011                  Silicon Valley Small Works, Vargas Gallery, Mission College, Santa Clara, CA

                  3rd Annual 50/50, Pacifica, CA

                  Ode to California, Pacific Art League, Palo Alto, CA

                  2011 Alumni Invitational Mississippi University for Women, Columbus, MS

2009                  Paint the Parks 100, PaintAmerica, Traveling Exhibit, Topeka, KS

2008                  Member’s Exhibit, Guild of Natural Science Illustrators, Palace of King Dom Manuel, Évora, Portugal

2003                  Arts for the Parks Seventeenth Annual National Arts Competition, Top 100 Tour, National Park Academy of the Arts, Jackson Hole, WY

1999                  The Artist’s Universe, Florida Museum of Natural History, Gainesville, FL

Distant Vistas, Explora Science Center & Children’s Museum of Albuquerque, Albuquerque, NM

1997                  Imagine the Universe, Adler Planetarium, Chicago, IL.

1996                  Arts for the Parks Tenth Annual National Arts Competition, Top 100 Tour, National Park Academy of the Arts, Jackson Hole, WY

1995                  8th International Exhibition of Botanical Art and Illustration, Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation,

Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA

1994                  Spaceweek International Space Art Exhibit, Space Center Houston; Houston, TX

Ancient Myths, Legends, and Future Dreams, NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA

1993                  Reflections of O'Keeffe, Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS

                  Free Hand: The Fine Art of Commercial Illustration, Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA

1992                  Artists and the Universe, NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA

Art of the Cosmos, Hayden Planetarium, American Museum of Natural History, New York, NY

1990                  Art in the Service of Science, Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian, Washington, D.C.

1987                  Bridge Works, sponsored by KPIX/Evening Magazine and Ghirardelli Square, San Francisco, CA

                  California Species: Biological Art and Illustration, The Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA

 

GRANTS

2016                  The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Inc., New York, NY

2014                  Quick Grant, Creative Capacity Fund, Center for Cultural Innovation, San Francisco, CA

2013                  Quick Grants (2), Creative Capacity Fund, Center for Cultural Innovation, San Francisco, CA

                  Capelli d'Angeli Foundation, Canton, CT

1999                  Research Corporation for Science Advancement, Tucson, AZ

 

SELECTED AWARDS

2017                   1st Place, Richeson75 Landscape, Seascape & Architecture 2018, Richeson School of Art & Gallery, Kimberly, WI

2017                   1st Place, 2017 Artist’s Magazine All-Media Online Competition, Artist’s Magazine                 

Honorable Mention, Salon at the Triton, Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, CA

2016                  3rd Place, Fall National Juried Exhibition, Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, Novato, CA

2nd Place, Richeson75 Still Life & Floral 2016, Richeson School of Art & Gallery, Kimberly, WI

Honorable Mention, 2016 Artist’s Magazine All-Media Online Competition, Artist’s Magazine

2014                  Best in Show-2nd Place, UArt 2014, University Art, Redwood City, CA

2013                  Honorable Mention, 2013 Statewide Painting Competition and Exhibition, Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, CA

Best in Show, Richeson Small Works 2013, Richeson School of Art & Gallery, Kimberly, WI

                  2nd Place, Breath of Spring, Pacific Art League, Palo Alto, CA

2012                  Winner, Introductions 2012, California Realists Juried Exhibition, ArtZone 461 Gallery, San Francisco, CA

                  2nd Place, Bon Appétit, Pacific Art League, Palo Alto, CA

1987                  1st Place, Bridge Works, sponsored by KPIX/Evening Magazine and Ghirardelli Square, San Francisco, CA

 

COLLECTIONS

2018                  Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, San Francisco, CA

2015                  Imagery Estate Winery, Glen Ellen, CA

2011                  Mississippi University for Women, Columbus, MS

2008                  swissnex San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

2000                  Carnegie Institution of Washington, Washington, D.C.

1999                  Geneva Observatory, Versoix, Switzerland

1988                  SETI Institute, Mountain View, CA

1987                  California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, CA

 

SELECTED COMMISSIONS

2017                  Mural, Lyman Museum, Hilo, HI

2015                  Art for Wine Label, Imagery Estate Winery, Glen Ellen, CA

2003                  Art for Donor T-Shirt, SETI Institute, Mountain View, CA

2002                  Murals (3), Downing Planetarium, California State University, Fresno, CA

1992                  Art for NASA/SETI Turn-On Event, SETI Institute, Mountain View, CA

1987                  Art for Planetarium Shows, St. Louis Science Center, St. Louis, MO

PRESS

2017                  Skalka, Michael. “Acrylic Sifts and Shimmers.” The Artist’s Magazine. November.

2014                  Miller, Ron. “The Art of Space”: Elephant Book Company.

2012                  Wall, Mike. “Exoplanet Art Dec 17

Perkins, Anika. “Cook’s Space Art Helps Educate Others about Discoveries.” Visions, Spring.

2011                  Vergano, Dan. “Art Can be a Tool in Planetary Exploration.” usatoday.com. Updated May 18.

2010                  Freedman, Wayne. “Artist Turns Pixels Into Planets.” ABC7News (KGO, San Francisco). July 5.

2008                  Nickerson, Colin. “Portrait of the Stars.” The Boston Globe. April 14.                  

2003                  Woodmansee, Laura. “Women in Space: Cool Careers on the Final Frontier”: Apogee Space Series 38.

Collector’s Guide Publishing, Inc.

 

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