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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

Photos: At Revere Beach Kite Festival, Tiger, Mermaid, Iron Man Take To Skies

May 17, 2015
Tiger kite at Revere Beach Kite Festival. (Greg Cook)

Hundreds of people flew kites along the shore.

Keytar Bear Inspires Street Performer Fest—A Day To Honor Our Beloved ‘Weirdos’

May 08, 2015
Keytar Bear performs near South Station in Boston. (@BpenfieldJ)

“Keytar Bear shows what our city can do for the little person,” Abby Taylor says when talking about the May 8 “Keytar Bear and Abby Taylor Day: Street Performer Fest” in Cambridge.

How Do We Honor Those Lost To AIDS? From The AIDS Quilt To New Memorials

May 01, 2015
The AIDS Quilt runs along the National Mall toward the U.S. Capital building in Washington, D.C., in 1996. (The Names Project)

As the first generation of AIDS survivors reaches retirement age, new memorials are planned in Provincetown, New York and West Hollywood.

Mass. Poetry Festival: 2 Pulitzer Winners, 1 U.S. Slam Champ, 1 Carnival

April 28, 2015
The Massachusetts Poetry Festival reading at the Peabody Essex Museum. (John Andrews)

The seventh poetry fest also features a former U.S. poet laureate and the poet who spoke at President Obama’s second inauguration.

Photos: Celebrating Holi, The Hindu Festival Of Colors, At Boston College

April 19, 2015
Celebrating Holi at Boston College. (Greg Cook)

Hundreds of students hurled handfuls of vividly colored powders at each other in a rollicking free-for-all.

5 Kids Books To Remember 'Harry The Dirty Dog' Artist Margaret Bloy Graham

April 17, 2015
"Harry the Dirty Dog," illustrations by Margaret Bloy Graham, words by Gene Zion, 1956. (Courtesy)

“Her drawings are very humorous,” a friend says of the Cambridge artist, who died early this year. “She was a very serious person.”

Today Is Officially 'Riot Grrrl Day' In Boston. How Are You Celebrating?

April 09, 2015
Kathleen Hanna, center, performs with her band The Julie Ruin during 2013 Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, Texas. (Jack Plunkett/Invision/AP)

“The Riot Grrrl movement is really important because it’s the intersection of arts and culture and feminist activism,” says Boston Chief of Policy Joyce Linehan.

Berklee Will Now Offer Courses In Playing The … Kazoo?

April 01, 2015
Berklee College of Music plans to being teaching the kazoo. (Courtesy)

“We’re proud to announce today that we’ve added a new instrument to the pedagogy of Berklee … the kazoo,” Berklee President Roger Brown says in a new video.

'Sidewalk Poetry' Project To Take Literature To Cambridge Streets—Literally

March 26, 2015
Pressing poetry into a sidewalk in St. Paul, Minnesota. (Public Art Saint Paul)

“I was walking around and I encountered this poetry. It was a sort of quiet discovery.”

Dr. Seuss Museum—The 1st In The World—Is Coming To His Mass. Hometown

March 19, 2015
Schoolchildren welcome Dr. Seuss back to Springfield, Massachusetts, in May 1986. (The Republican Newspaper)

A first look at plans for the museum honoring the beloved creator of “The Cat in the Hat” that is expected to open next year.

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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