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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

First Look At New Public Art Proposed For South Station

February 25, 2015
A rendering of the South Station proposal from Shane Allbritton and Norman Lee of RE:site Studio in Texas. (RE:site)

The permanent project aims to honor the significant contributions of women to the transportation industry.

Look What Happens When A Video Artist's Virtual Snow Meets Our Winter Of 2015

February 24, 2015
Georgie Friedman's “Under the Icy Sky” projections on the College of Holy Cross. (Georgie Friedman)

Boston artist Georgie Friedman projects footage of icebergs and snow onto Holy Cross.

First Look Inside The Boston Library's Astonishing, Colorful Renovation

February 21, 2015
The Children’s Library includes a corner for tweens, with computers, a homework area, and a Zakim Bridge theme. (Greg Cook)

The renovated second floor is sleek, colorful, mod, with lots of sunlight streaming in.

'Slope Fest': Lawn On D's Pop-Up Winter Playground At The Convention Center

February 20, 2015
Preparing the two-story tall sledding hill for "Slope Fest" at Boston's Lawn on D. (Courtney Osgood/Lawn on D)

Try out the two-story tall, 70-foot-long sledding hill.

How A Jilted Mom, A Former Nun And A Shattered Childhood Inspired 'Madeline'

February 17, 2015
In the 1950s, Bemelmans began making paintings in oil on canvas, like “Madeline at the Paris Flower Market” from 1955. (From the Eric Carle Museum exhibition. © Ludwig Bemelmans, LLC)

Eric Carle Museum exhibit reveals Ludwig Bemelmans styled himself a carefree bon vivant, but his “Madeline” kids’ books were inspired by things gone wrong.

'Get in Trouble' Author Kelly Link Likes Unicorns, Vampires, Broken Hearts

February 14, 2015
Kelly Link's new short story collection "Get in Trouble." (Random House)

Neil Gaiman has said the Northampton author is “probably the best short story writer currently out there.” She speaks at Brookline Booksmith Feb. 16.

Ed Emberley Won Kids Books' Highest Honor, Then He Taught Us All To Draw

February 13, 2015
Emberley thought his “Drawing Book of Animals” would be “A novelty that might last a year or so.” It became a lasting hit. (Ed Emberley)

“Ed Emberley’s Drawing Book of Animals” from 1970 was the first in a long line of how-to-draw books by the Ipswich, Massachusetts, artist that have gone on to sell more than a million copies.

Gardner Museum’s Longtime Director Anne Hawley To Step Down

February 11, 2015
Museum Director Anne Hawley admired a bird cage in the new Living Room visitor orientation space in the new wing of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum as it opened in 2012. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Her tenure is bookended by a 1990 art heist and the 2012 opening of a new wing.

Boston Musicians Waylaid On Way To Grammys Play Impromptu Airport Concert

February 08, 2015
A Far Cry performs in the Tucson airport. (Courtesy)

Watch a video of Grammy nominees A Far Cry performing at the Tucson airport this weekend.

Seattle Ballet Loses Super Bowl Bet, Dances To Dropkick Murphys

February 06, 2015
The Pacific Northwest Ballet. (Courtesy)

“#goodgamepatriots,” the Pacific Northwest Ballet says on Twitter.

Mush! Human Dog Sled Racing At Lowell ‘WinterFest’

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

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)

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)

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)

“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)

“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

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)

“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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