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Michael Cooper


Michael Jean Cooper
Place and Date of Birth: Richmond, California; 10/13/1943
Current Address: Sebastopol, CA. (707)

EDUCATION
M.F.A. Sculpture, University of California, Berkeley, California, 1969
M.A. Sculpture, San Jose State College, 1968
B.A. Commercial Art, San Jose State College, 1966
Lodi Union High School, Lodi, California; June, 1961

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND

2009 Wornick Visiting Professor of Wood Arts, California College of Art, San Francisco, California
2004 Instructor, California College of Art, San Francisco, California
1977-2004 Instructor, De Anza College, Cupertino, California
1969-1977 Instructor, Foothill College, Los Altos, California
1969 Instructor, University of California, Berkeley, California
1966-1967 Graphic Designer, J.L. Brandt and Associates, Los Altos, California
1967 Graphic Designer, Graphic Center West, Sacramento, California
1967-1968 Graphic Designer, Illustrator, Steven Jacobs Design Associates, Palo Alto, California
1966-1968 Student and Graduate Assistant, San Jose State College


Exhibition History
Selected Solo Exhibitions:

ONE-MAN EXHIBITIONS

2013 A Sculptural Odyssey, Museum of Craft and Design, San Francisco, CA.
2012 A Sculptural Odyssey, Fuller Crafts Museum, Brockton, MA.
2011 A Sculptural Odyssey, Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, WA.
2010 Return of the Lodi Madman, Quicksilver Gallery, Forestville, CA.
2007 Michael Cooper, Formerly the Lodi Madman, Quicksilver Gallery, Forestville, CA.
1993 Recent Work, Union Gallery, San Jose State University, San Jose, California
1982 Michael Cooper, The Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, Australia
1978 Michael Jean Cooper, Redding Museum, Redding, California
Gun Series, Union Gallery, San Jose State University, San Jose, California
Michael Jean Cooper, Central Oregon Community College, Bend, Oregon
1977 SECA Award 1977, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA.
1976 Michael Jean Cooper, Boehm Gallery, Palomar College, San Marcos, CA.
1969 Cooper Super Thing, Oregon College of Education, Monmouth, Oregon
Kinetics, Esther Robles Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.
Kinetic Sculpture, Arleigh Gallery, San Francisco, California
1968 Smoothies and Bumpies in Kinetic Sculpture, Master Exhibition, San Jose State College

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2011-18 Artistry in Wood, Sonoma County Museum, Santa Rosa, CA.
2010 San Francisco 20th Century Modernism Show, Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA.
Artistry in Wood, Sonoma County Museum, Santa Rosa, CA.
Mad Science – Experiments in Kinetic and Robotic Art, Sonoma County Museum, Santa Rosa, CA.
MEME, Vallejo, CA.
2009 - 2010 SOFA, Sculpture, Objects & Functional Art, Chicago, IL, Palm Beach, FL;
2008 Craft in America:
Cranbrook Museum, Bloomfield Hills, MI.
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma, OK.
Palm Springs Desert Museum, Palm Springs, CA.
2007 Craft in America:
Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR.
Contemporary Crafts Museum & Gallery, Portland, OR.
Mingei International Museum, San Diego, CA
2006 Fire - Good, A Street Gallery, Santa Rosa, CA.
2005 Sculpture Sonoma 2005, Santa Rosa Junior College Art Gallery, Santa Rosa, CA. and Paradise Ridge Winery, Santa Rosa, CA.
The Other Side, A Tradition of Alternatives, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA.
2004 Faculty Show, California College of Art, San Francisco, CA.
1999 Far Out: Bay Area Design, 1967 – 1973, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California
American Woodworker Show, Ontario, California
1998 Woodfest, Southern Lumber Company, San Jose, California
1997 SOFA, Sculpture, Objects & Functional Art, Chicago, Illinois
Forty-seventh Sacramento Autorama, Sacramento, California
Forty-eighth Annual Grand National Roadster Show, Oakland, California
Fresno Car Show, Fresno California
San Mateo Motorcycle Show, San Mateo, California
1996 SOFA, Sculpture, Objects & Functional Art, Chicago, Illinois
De Anza Faculty Show, Euphrat Gallery, Cupertino, California
1995 Wood Sculpture: Craft and Symbolism, Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus, Ohio
Wood Sculpture: Craft and Symbolism, 20 North Gallery, Toledo, Ohio
SOFA, Sculpture, Objects & Functional Art, Chicago, Illinois.
SOFA, Sculpture, Objects & Functional Art, Miami, Fl.
1994 Celebration of Our History & Future, Center for Art & Technology, Presidio, San Francisco, CA.
De Anza Faculty Show, Euphrat Gallery, Cupertino, CA.
1993 Motorcycles & Other Cycles, Redding Museum, CA.
Group Show, William Zimmer Gallery, Mendocino, CA.
1992 Three Artists: New Works, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Rental Gallery, San Francisco, California
1991 De Anza Faculty Show, Euphrat Gallery, Cupertino, CA.
Group Show, William Zimmer Gallery, Mendocino, CA.
1988 Portraits: An Extended Concept, California Museum of Art, Santa Rosa, California
1987 Faculty Art Show, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, Maine
1986 Fine Wood, Euphrat Gallery, De Anza College, Cupertino, California
Furniture in the Aluminum Vein, Kaiser Center Art Gallery, Oakland, California
1986 Fantasy on Wheels, Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, Washington
1985 Statements in Wood, California State University at Northridge, California
Three Woodworkers, Haggin Museum, Stockton, California
Works in Wood, Monterey Peninsula Museum of Art, Monterey, California
1984 Bentwood, Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island.
Wood Renditions, Gallery at the Plaza, Los Angeles, California.
1983 Wood Invitational, Gallery Fair, Mendocino, California
1982 Faculty Art Show, Helen Euphrat Gallery, De Anza College, Cupertino,
1980 Annual Exhibition, American Academy in Rome, Italy
1979 Royal Show, Melbourne, Australia
Recent Work on Tour, Queensland Museum, College of Advanced Education, Queensland State Art Gallery, and the Institute of Modern Art, all located in Queensland, Australia
Recent Work, Fremantle Art Gallery, Fremantle, Western Australia
Recent Work, Caulfield Art Center, Melbourne, Australia
Recent Work, Crafts Council of Australia Gallery, Sydney, Australia
1978 Second Artists' Soapbox Derby, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California
Selections from the Second Artists' Soapbox Derby, Sonoma State Art Gallery, Rohnert Park, California
San Francisco Second Artists' Soapbox Derby: South Bay Entrants, Wordworks Gallery, San Jose, California
Fine Design, Cal Expo, California State Fair, Sacramento, California
1977 Kinetic Works, Nevada Art Gallery, Reno, Nevada
It's Electric, Euphrat Gallery, De Anza College, Cupertino, California
Imaginings, The Allrich Gallery, San Francisco, California
Contemporary Designs: Wood", Mount San Antonia College Gallery, Walnut, California
1976 Slick, Merz Gallery, San Jose, California
Art That Rolls and Flies, Euphrat Gallery, De Anza College, Cupertino, California
California Design 76, Pacific Design Center, Los Angeles, California
American Crafts 76, Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Illinois
Selections from California Design 76, The Allrich Gallery, San Francisco, California
1975 Artists Soapbox Derby, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California
1974 Pubic Sculpture/Urban Environment, Oakland Museum, Oakland, California
1973 First International Motorcycle Art Show, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, Arizona
1971 First Contemporary International, Jan Morehead Gallery, Chico, California
Group Invitational, Union Gallery, San Jose State University, San Jose, California
1970 The Highway, Philadelphia's Museum of Modern Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The Highway, Houston Museum of Art, Houston, Texas
1969 Electric Art, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, Arizona
Electric Art, Dixon Art Center, University of California, Los Angeles, California
Lodi Ninth Annual Art Show, Lodi, California
Group Show, William Sawyer Gallery, San Francisco, California
An American Report on the Sixties, The Denver Art Museum, Denver, Colorado
Wheels, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California
Kinetics, Hayward Gallery, London, England
1967 Lodi Seventh Annual Art Show, Lodi, California
Sacramento Autorama, Sacramento, California
Nineteenth Annual Grand National Roadster Show, Oakland, California
1966 Annual Student Exhibition, San Jose State College, San Jose, California

GRANTS & AWARDS

2011-13 Windgate Foundation Grant; Traveling One-Man Show
2010 Artistry in Wood, Best in Show, Sonoma County Museum, Santa Rosa, CA.
1998 American Woodworker Magazine, First Place Professional Woodworker Award, for Gunshy sculpture, Dec. 1998.
1993 President's Award for Outstanding Service, De Anza College, Cupertino, California
1992 Art of California Magazine Discovery Award - Silver
1990 Sonoma County Woodworkers' Association Award of Excellence
1979-80 Fellow in Sculpture; American Academy in Rome
1979 Fellowship; Crafts Council of Australia, Craftsman in Industry
1978 Craftsmen's Fellowship Grant; National Endowment for the Arts
1977 SECA Award, Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
1974 Professional Development Grant, Foothill College
1972 Foothill College Innovations Committee Grant
1969 Eisner Prize for Sculpture, University of California, Berkeley
1967-68 San Jose State College Associated Student Body Scholarship
1966 Graduate Research Grant, San Jose State College
1966 Graduated Dean's Scholar, San Jose State College
Professional Experience:

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND

2009 Wornick Visiting Professor of Wood Arts, California College of Art, San Francisco, California
2004 Instructor, California College of Art, San Francisco, California
1977-2004 Instructor, De Anza College, Cupertino, California
1969-1977 Instructor, Foothill College, Los Altos, California
1969 Instructor, University of California, Berkeley, California
1966-1967 Graphic Designer, J.L. Brandt and Associates, Los Altos, California
1967 Graphic Designer, Graphic Center West, Sacramento, California
1967-1968 Graphic Designer, Illustrator, Steven Jacobs Design Associates, Palo Alto, California
1966-1968 Student and Graduate Assistant, San Jose State College


LECTURES

2009 California College of Art, San Francisco, California
SOFA, Sculpture, Objects & Functional Art, ‘Late Bloomer’, Chicago, IL
2007 Santa Rosa Junior College, Santa Rosa, CA.
2005 California College of Arts, San Francisco, CA.
Furniture Society Conference, San Diego State University, CA.
1999 Hawaii Craftsmen, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii.
1998 San Jose State University, Advanced Sculpture Class, San Jose, California.
Furniture Society Conference, Panel & Artist Presentation, Furniture 98, “Visions Beyond the Horizon”, Oakland Museum, Oakland, and CCAC @ San Francisco, California
1997 SOFA, Sculpture, Objects & Functional Art, “Is Craft Possible in Fine Art?”, Chicago, Illinois
1996 Sonoma County Woodworkers' Association, Santa Rosa, CA.
1995 College of Marin, Kentfield, CA. Industrial Design Program, San Jose State University, CA.
1994 Sonoma County Woodworkers' Association, Santa Rosa, CA.
1993 Union Gallery, San Jose State University, CA.
1992 Arizona State University at Tempe, Arizona
1988 Arizona State University at Tempe, Arizona
1982 College of Art, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Western Australia Institute of Technology, Perth, Australia
Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, California
1980 Tyler School of Art, Rome, Italy
American Academy in Rome, Italy, Rome
Parnham House, The John Makepeace School for Craftsmen in Wood, Dorset, England
1979 Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia
Arizona State University, Arizona
Crafts Council of Australia National Conference, Canberra, Australia
Queensland Woodcrafts Guild, Brisbane, Australia
Canberra School of Art, Australia
Crafts Council of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
College of Art/Seven Hills, Brisbane, Australia
Brisbane Sculptors' Society, Australia
University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
Kelvin Grove College of Advanced Education, Australia
Queensland Museum, Australia
Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia
Queensland Institute of Technology, Australia
Australian Society for Education through the Arts, Brisbane
Darwin College of Advanced Education, Australia
Western Australia Crafts Council, Perth, Australia
Clairmont Technical College, Perth, Australia
Lederville Technical College, Perth, Australia
Industrial Design Institute, Perth, Australia
Western Australia Institute of Technology, Perth, Australia
Nedlands College of Advanced Education, Perth, Australia
Perth Technical College, Perth, Australia
Clairmont Technical College, Perth, Australia
National Wood Conference, Melbourne, Australia
Adelaide College of Arts and Education, Australia
Tasmania College of Advanced Education, Hobart & Launceston, Australia
Craft Council of Canberra, Australia
Goulburn College of Advanced Education, Australia
Riverina College of Advanced Education, Australia
University of New South Wales, Australia
1978 Redding Museum, California
Sonoma State College, California
Central Oregon Community College
University of Calgary, Canada
University of Oregon,
Alberta College of Art, Canada
University of Montana, Missoula
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Sheridan School of Design, Canada
Rochester Institute of Technology, School of American Craftsmen, N.Y.
Boston University, Program in Artisanry, Massachusetts
1977 Jose State University, California
University of California, Santa Cruz
West Valley College, Saratoga, California.
1977 San Diego State University, California
1976 San Jose State University, California
West Valley College, Saratoga, CA.
Palomar College, California
1975 University of California, Santa Cruz
West Valley College, Saratoga, CA.
San Jose State University, California
1974 San Jose State University, California
1973 University of Kentucky,
San Jose State University, California
1970 San Jose State University, California
1967 Oregon College of Education

WORKSHOPS

2015 Marc Adams School of Woodworking, Franklin, Indiana
2010 Marc Adams School of Woodworking, Franklin, Indiana
2009 Marc Adams School of Woodworking, Franklin, Indiana
2008 Marc Adams School of Woodworking, Franklin, Indiana
2007 Penland School of Crafts, Penland, North Carolina
1999 Hawaii Craftsmen, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii
1987 Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, Maine
Oregon School of Arts & Crafts, Portland, Oregon
1985 University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona
1984 Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA.
1982 Parnham House, The John Makepeace School for Craftsmen in Wood, Dorset, England
1978 Arizona State University at Tempe, Arizona
Kelvin Grove C.A.E., Brisbane, Australia
Darwin C.A.E., Northern Territories, Australia
Pinewood Studios, Fremantle, Western Australia
Melbourne State College, Melbourne, Australia
Preston C.A.E., Melbourne, Australia
Parks Community Center, Adelaide, Australia
School of Art, Tasmania C.A.E., Hobart, Australia
Tasmania C.A.E., Launceston, Australia
Crafts Council of Australia, Leon Sadubin Studio, Sydney, Australia
1977 California State College at Northridge, CA.
San Diego State University, CA.
1973 University of Kentucky, KY.

Press:

FILM DOCUMENTATION

2014 Michael Cooper: A Sculptural Odyssey, 1968 – 2011, Museum of Craft and Design, associated with the Windgate Foundation Grant; Traveling One-Man Show.
2014 How the West Was Won; How the West Was Lost, Covell Videos. Film documents the movement of this kinetic piece and the meaning of the chosen imagery.
1998 Working with Tubing, Covell Videos. Video documents various technical and esthetic elements of exhaust systems for the Tubester project. 6 minutes.
1982 Split Personality, Color 16mm film by Western Australia Institute of Technology. Film documents full construction of the commissioned sculpture for the Art Gallery of Western Australia; 10 minutes.
1979 Craftsman in Industry, Color 16mm film by Stephen Jodrell for the Crafts Council of Australia. Film documents studio activities of Michael Jean Cooper, Craftsman Fellow, in an industrial situation; 10 minutes.
1978 Michael Jean Cooper: Sculpture, Color 16mm film by Robert Burrill, Milpitas, California, 30 minutes. Film documents large kinetic sculpture with hydraulic, pneumatic and electric power systems as well as more recent work in laminated wood.
Manta Matic, color video film by Dede Bartels, Atherton, California, 12 minutes. Film documents the construction of nitrogen-powered pneumatic coasting car plus some of the event of Second Artists' Soapbox Derby.
1977 The First Artists' Soapbox Derby, color 16mm by Amanda Pope, San Francisco, California, 20 minutes. Film documents the event plus studio shots and commentary of various Bay Area artists.
1977 Turbo, black and white video film by Robert Reynolds for San Jose State University, California, 22 minutes. Film documents the construction of and studio activities surrounding Turbo, a full-size laminated hardwood motorcycle. Commentary by Michael Cooper.
1975 Tubesteak City, color 16mm film by Stuart Roe, Los Angeles, California, 25 minutes. The film documents special projects in art class construction, engineering and installation. Instructor - Michael Jean Cooper.

PUBLICATIONS

2015 Sculpture Magazine, Michael Cooper, Mastery with a Message
2013-14 Woodwork Magazine, Michael Cooper, A Sculptural Odyssey.
2009 Thing, Beware the Material World, Art Gallery of Western Australia.
2007 Craft in America, Lauria & Fenton, Potter Publications, NY.
2000 Setting Up Shop, by Sandor Nagyszalancy, Taunton Press.
1998-1999 Street Rodder, “The Tubester”, build-up articles. Beginning in November 1998 continuing through summer of 1999, seventeen monthly articles.
1998 Art Connections, Second Edition, Heinemann, Port Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
Woodwork Magazine, feature article, February 1998.
Woodworker West Magazine, cover and feature article, September-October 1998.
1997 SOFA Catalog, page 232.
Street Machine, April-May 1997, page 130. Sydney, NSW, Australia.
City Bike, March 1997, page 4, San Francisco, California.
Thunder Press, Harley Davidson & Buell Motorcycle News, June 1997, page 6, Scotts Valley, California.
Drive, April 1977, page 19, Concord, California.
47th Sacramento Autorama Catalog, Sacramento, California.
48th Annual Grand National Roadster Show Catalog, Oakland, California.
1996 Street Rodder, ”Headers on Steroids”, Feb. 1996, Vol. 25.
1995 Ohio Show Review, The Columbus Dispatch Visual Arts.
1991 Art Connections, First Edition, Heinemann, Port Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
1984 Bentwood, Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island.
1981 Woodworking, The New Wave by Dona Meilach, Crown Publishing.
1980 Masters of Wood Sculpture by Nicholas Roukes, Watson-Guptill Publishing.
1979 Artbook, Vol. 5, No. 8, cover photo and article, Perth, Australia.
Craft Australia, Crafts Council of Australia, summer, cover photo and article, Sydney, Australia.
1978 The Gun Series, catalog, San Jose State University, California.
1977 SECA Award 1977, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA.
Fine Woodworking, “Out West” by John Kelsey, Fall, Vol. 2, No. 2.
Craftsman Lifestyle - The Gentle Revolution; California Design, Pasadena, California
1976 Home Magazine; Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles, California. Cover photo and inside article on California Design 76.
1974 Public Sculpture/Urban Environment, Oakland Art Museum, Ca.



COLLECTIONS (in order of acquisition date)

Ceiling Flapper: Oakland Museum, Oakland, California
Big Bang Theory: Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Toldrian, Ross, CA.
My First Electric With Balls: Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Toldrian, Ross, CA.
Gunrunner: Dick & Cindy Long, Napa, CA.
Woody: Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Toldrian, Ross, CA.
Jane’s Chair: Jane Miller & Mike Holler, Aptos, CA.
Trainer Tricycle V Ms. Benita Wachtmeister Strini, Virginia
Gunshy: Mr. Joseph Nicolai, Pacific Harley-Davidson Dealership, Honolulu, Hawaii
Society's Child: Mr. and Mrs. John Pashilk, Sebastopol, California
Trainer Tricycle II Mr. Joseph Hiura, Venice, California
Trainer Tricycle IV Mr. Dennis Varni, Los Gatos, California
Gayle Mr. Sam Maloof, Rancho Cucamonga, California
Anne II Dr. Ted Eger II, San Francisco, CA.
Anne I Owner unknown
Gayle with Towel Mr. & Mrs. Kunz, Berlin, Germany
Double Dicker: Mr. and Mrs. Nicklaus Wirtz, Crumberg, CA.
Split Personality: Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, Australia
Magnetic Roller No. 3 Mr. Ron Covell, Soquel, California
Overarmed Wheelchair: Dr. Ryerson, Modesto, CA.
Turbo: Mr. Joseph Nicolai, Pacific Harley-Davidson Dealership, Honolulu, Hawaii
Gun in Curved Perspective II: Mr. Thomas Wotton, Los Altos, California
Gun in Curved Perspective I: Mr. Walter Wilson, San Carlos, California
Trainer Tricycle II Mr. Bud Muzinich, San Carlos, CA.
Loaded with Extras: Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Garcia, Atherton, California
Sweep: Darwin College of Advanced Education, Darwin, Australia
Dunlop: Queen Victoria Museum, Launceston, Tasmania, Australia
Manta Matic: Queensland State Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia
Fetish: Ms. Ann Harithus, Houston, Texas
Dullores: Dr. and Mrs. Edward Cahn, Los Gatos, California
Alla Romana: Student Union, San Jose State University, California
Tricycle: Mr. and Mrs. Ian MacLeod, Mill Valley, California
Untitled: Mr. Charles Henry, San Diego, California
Untitled: Mr. Chris Cross, Los Gatos, California
Untitled: Ms. Carolyn Westphal, San Jose, California
Tex: Dr. Barry Ramer, San Francisco, California
Gun in Greater Perspective: Mr. and Mrs. John Pashilk, Sebastopol, California
Gun in Proper Perspective: Dr. and Mrs. Edward Cahn, Los Gatos, California
Boy Scout Special: Mr. and Mrs. John Holmes, Rohnert Park, California
Armed Chair: Mr. and Mrs. David Hatch, Rough & Ready, CA.
Captain's Chair: Mr. A.R. Morse, Reynolds-Morse Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio
Soapbox Racer: Mr. Richard Wickstrom, Mill Valley, California
Trainer Tricycle: Ms. Donna Hoffman, Berkeley, California
Scrap Trainer: Mrs. Carol George, Los Altos Hills, California
Magnetic 'V' Roller: Mr. Robert Strini, Charlottesville, Va.
Untitled: Robert and Esther Robles, Los Angeles, California
Magnetic D Roller 9AL-36: Metro Media Collection, Los Angeles, California
Magnetic D Roller 6AL-30: Objects U.S.A., Collection of Contemporary American Objects, The Johnson Wax Collection, New York.
Timed Capsule: Mr. R. Lee Carlson, Belvedere, California
Magnetic Roller No. 3: Dr. Richard Kilham, Capitola, California
Magnetic Double Roller: Mr. Robert Pritiken, Dailey and Associates, San Francisco, California
Flipper w/ 180° Bends: Oakland Museum, California