Judy Cooke majored in printmaking at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She received her BFA from Tufts University and a MAT from Reed College Portland, Oregon. She has exhibited extensively, including a retrospective at The Art Gym, Marylhurst University, and exhibitions at the Portland Art Museum, and the Tacoma Art Museum. She has been the recipient of numerous prestigious grants, including the Flintridge Foundation Award for Visual Art, Regional Arts & Culture Council Visual Artist Fellowship, Oregon Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowship in Painting, and the National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artist Fellowship. Her work is included in the collections of the Portland Art Museum, the Tacoma Art Museum, School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and the Boise Art Museum, among many others. Judy Cooke is represented by Elizabeth Leach Gallery.
My painting has evolved from materials that have included: canvas tarps, lead, copper, charcoal and oil paint. Museum collections and travel have had a major impact on my work. A small relic from another culture may be the catalyst for a series of forms, or act as an instigator for a sequence of pieces. An awareness of an edge or boundary is usually present in my painting. Glass has extended this interest.