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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

2020

Tales of the City, Peninsula Museum of Art, Burlingame, CA

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

1986

Strybing Arboretum; San Francisco, CA


GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2020

Making Their Mark: American Women Artists, Booth Western Art Museum, Cartersville, GA

Women's View 2020, Caldwell Gallery, Redwood City, CA

Richeson75 Still Life & Floral 2020, Richeson School of Art & Gallery, Kimberly, WI

2019

Salon at the Triton 2019 Statewide 2D Art Competition & Exhibition, Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara,

CA

BIG.TOP, Andra Norris Gallery, Burlingame, CA

Looking West: An Exhibition Highlighting Works by American Women Artists, Steamboat Art Museum,

Steamboat Springs, CO

Full Spectrum, Andra Norris Gallery, Burlingame, CA

Richeson75 Still Life & Floral 2019, Richeson School of Art & Gallery, Kimberly, WI Urban Landscapes, Christian Daniels Gallery, San Francisco, CA

6th Annual Juried Art Show, Piedmont Center for the Arts, Piedmont, CA

2018

Salon at the Triton, 2D Art Competition & Exhibition, Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, CA

Small Works II, Andra Norris Gallery, Burlingame, CA

Small Works Holiday Show, Christian Daniels Gallery, San Francisco, CA

University Art 2018 Open Exhibition, University Art, Redwood City, CA  

Cityscapes, Christian Daniels Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Bay Area Women Artists, O'Hanlon Center for the Arts, Mill Valley, CA      

People and Places, Christian Daniels Gallery, San Francisco, CA

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

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

Artistic Visions of the Golden Gate Bridge, 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, Sanchez Art Center, 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, Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica, CA

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

2011 Alumni Invitational, Eugenia Summer Gallery, 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

1994Spaceweek 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

AWARDS

2019

Honorable Mention, Salon at the Triton 2019 Statewide 2D Art Competition & Exhibition, Triton Museum

of Art, Santa Clara, CA

2018

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

Kimberly, WI

2017

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

COMMISSIONS (Selected)

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

2019

Cheng, DeWitt. "Fooling the Eye." Punch, May.

2017

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

2014

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

2012

Wall, Mike. “Exoplanet Art: The Illustrations of Lynette Cook.” space.com. December 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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