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Greg Cook

Arts Reporter, WBUR

Greg Cook is an arts reporter and critic for WBUR.org and The Providence Phoenix. His writing has also appeared in The Boston Phoenix, The Boston Globe, Art New England, Juxtapoz Magazine, Art & Antiques, PoetryFoundation.org and several newspapers in suburban Boston. He is the founder of The New England Journal of Aesthetic Research, which won a 2009 Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant.

Cook is a leader in fostering art making in the New England. He oversees the New England Art Awards, an annual open-source, community project to honor art made in the region. He organizes the “Quiet, Please” arts and cultures talks at the Malden Public Library. And his writings sparked a community effort that got Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts to relaunch its Maud Morgan Prize for local women artists in 2011 after the museum neglected to award it for five years.

Cook teaches at Montserrat College of Art. His own pictures have appeared in fancy publications like Nickelodeon magazine, Publishers Weekly and The Believer, and have received honorable mentions in the 2006 and ’07 editions of “The Best American Comics.” He’s exhibited his artwork in Italy, France, Canada, Abu Dhabi, the United States, and the bathrooms of Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts.

Despite all this apparent liveliness, Wikipedia once declared him dead.

Recent stories

Dazzling, Traditional Polish Folk Craft Designs Hand-Cut From Paper

July 25, 2014
One of Susan Urban's papercut rooster designs. (Susan Urban)

Susan Urban demonstrates wycinanki papercutting at this weekend’s Lowell Folk Festival.

As Governor Candidates Meet, A Plan To Make Mass. A National Arts Leader

July 15, 2014
Bela Lyon Pratt's 1911 monument to "Art" outside the Boston Public Library. (Greg Cook)

Governor candidates meet in Worcester tonight to discuss their visions for arts and culture in the state.

Who Eats Rats, Hates The Cold And Likes To Be Alone? The Stone Zoo's New Alligators

July 08, 2014
American alligator at the Stone Zoo. (Greg Cook)

New alligators—three adults plus some feisty youngsters—arrived at the Stoneham attraction in May.

St. Peter's Fiesta Will Bless You And Bruise You And Be The Love Of Your Life

June 30, 2014
Balloons and confetti frame the Madonna of the Annunziata during a pause in Sunday’s procession at Big Noni’s annual St. Peter’s Fiesta celebration on Prospect Street. (Greg Cook)

In Gloucester, they celebrate commercial fishing and Catholicism and ancestral ties to Sicily with parades, prayer and something called the Greasy Pole.

Cute Alert: 3 Lynx Kittens Born At Stone Zoo

June 24, 2014
One of three Canada lynx kittens born at the Stone Zoo last month. (Zoo New England)

The kittens are expected to make their public debut in a few weeks.

Peek Into Your Neighbor's Backyard Oasis: Our Summer Garden Tours Preview

June 19, 2014
A restored antique swan-fountain is the centerpiece of a formal boxwood hedge garden filled with geraniums behind an Orchard Road home in Gloucester. (Greg Cook)

Including photos previewing the tours in Boston’s South End, Rockport and Gloucester.

A Tiny, Secret, Street Art Monument In Boston Remembers Trayvon Martin

June 18, 2014
Matthew Hincman made the hoodie design to reference the Trayvon Martin killing (Courtesy)

The Boston sculptor arrived in the middle of the day and without any permission attached a small, cylindrical metal thing to the derelict lamppost.

ARTery's Ultimate Guide To 100+ Summer Parades, Festivals And Amazingness

June 12, 2014
The annual Boston Caribbean Carnival parade. (Greg Cook)

What to do this summer, from strawberry festivals to pub crawls to Juneteenth celebrations to the annual Boston Dyke March.

As AIDS Ravaged His Friends, Jim Hodges Made Art About Beauty And Loss

June 11, 2014
Jim Hodges's "Untitled (one day it all comes true)" from 2013. (ICA Boston)

Three decades of his art is on view in his retrospective “Give More Than You Take” at Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art.

Photos: 5,200 People Splashed With Rainbows Running Around A Farm

June 01, 2014
Pink. (Greg Cook)

The Color Me Rad 5K is one of a growing number of themed fun runs designed to attract average folks.

Mush! Human Dog Sled Racing At Lowell ‘WinterFest’

February 24, 2013
The Uppercut Landscaping human dog sled team. (Greg Cook)

LOWELL, Mass. — It’s sort of like regular dogsled races. Except instead of dogs, four people strap on harnesses to pull sleds.

Panel: Are Arts Relevant In The 21st Century?

February 22, 2013
The crowd attending "First Friday" gallery receptions at Boston's Thayer Street gallery district in September. (Greg Cook)

How to financially sustain existing cultural institutions in an ever more technological world?

Power Cords: ‘Harp Extravaganza’ At Berklee

February 21, 2013
The 2012 Berklee College of Music’s “Harp Extravaganza" (Olivia Fortunato via YouTube)

BOSTON — Check out video of five harpists performing a Michael Jackson medley.

Actress Olympia Dukakis Among Those Receiving State Cultural Awards

February 19, 2013
Olympia Dukakis (Courtesy of the Massachusetts Cultural Council)

The Commonwealth Awards honor contributions the arts, humanities, and sciences.

Cézanne and Gauguin Side By Side: Which Way Would 20th Century Art Go?

February 18, 2013
Paul Cézanne’s 1906 painting “The Large Bathers” (Courtesy of the Philadelphia Museum of Art)

BOSTON — Cézanne “very much looks forward to the experiments of the next generation of painters,” says Museum of Fine Arts Assistant Curator Emily Beeny.

Train-ing Ground: Model Railroading in Lexington

February 15, 2013
“Bridges Canyon,” a dramatic series of bridges spanning a winding river canyon, built by Bob Pawlak of Lexington. (Greg Cook photo)

LEXINGTON, Mass. — “For most of us it starts when you’re 3-years-old and you see a train,” says Bob Fallier of the model railroad club Northeast N-Trak, “and it sticks with you for the rest of your life.”

Urban Renewal? Hermann Hesse's ‘The City’ With Puppets

February 14, 2013
Modern Times Theater performs Hermann Hesse’s fairy tale “The City.” (Courtesy of the theater)

BROOKLINE, Mass. — “We’re not pooh-poohing urban centers,” says Modern Times Theater puppeteer Justin Lander. “We’re promoting a different pace.”

State Arts Grants Winners Announced

February 14, 2013

BOSTON — The Massachusetts Cultural Council awarded $127,500 to individual artists and writers active in crafts, dramatic writing, and sculpture and installation.

Somerville Can Haz Cat Video Fest On Sunday

February 14, 2013
Strollercat (Courtesy of the Somerville Arts Council)

SOMERVILLE, Mass. — “The response has been crazy,” said Rachel Strutt of the Somerville Arts Council, which is organizing the “Copy Cat Festival.” “The event sold out in 24 hours. And so we had to add a second show.”

An Inside Account Of The Legendary Band Joy Division

February 07, 2013

Bassist Peter Hook shares his memories of the band in his new book “Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division.”

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