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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: Bed Racing In The Streets Of Newburyport

July 31, 2015
The Raybeam team’s bed made to look like the rocket car from the “Despicable Me” films followed by dozens of yellow Minions won the prize for “most original.”

To call them “beds” may be a stretch as most entries are carts, barely resembling beds, that are designed with large handles for pushing and just a rudimentary mattress slapped on top.

State Arts Budget To Increase 20 Percent After Legislature Overrides Governor's Veto

July 30, 2015
The annual Lowell Folk Festival is one of the many arts events across the state that the Massachusetts Cultural Council supports. (Greg Cook)

The House and Senate voted separately to restore $2.37 million to the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s budget.

How To Build Sandcastles The Sandcastle Matt Way

July 27, 2015
Puerto Rico, 2008. (Matt Kaliner)

Somerville resident Matt Kaliner’s marvelous creations are celebrated on design websites—and have even inspired an Internet hoax that Scientific American tried to debunk.

Figment: Free Interactive Arts Fest On Boston's Greenway This Weekend

July 23, 2015
An aerialist performs in a metal dome at the 2011 Figment festival. (Clare Densmore)

The festival aims to break down the wall between spectator and have everyone participate.

What To See At Somerville's ArtBeat Fest This Weekend

July 16, 2015
ArtBeat in Somerville. (Courtesy)

Our guide to the bands, dance troupes, hula hoopers and circus performers.

Pintastic: A New Pinball Game Expo Debuts In Sturbridge This Weekend

July 10, 2015
Pintastic New England offers some 200 pinball games for visitors to play. (Dave 'O'Neil)

Pintastic New England offers some 200 pinball games for visitors to play.

JP Porchfest: Our Picks From The 125 Acts Playing Saturday's Free Music Fest

July 09, 2015
Anjimile is one of the 125 acts performing at JP Porchfest. (Courtesy)

This is how JP Porchfest works: Lots of local musicians sing and strum and drum on porches of Boston’s Jamaica Plain neighborhood. For free.

Our Guide: Giant Art Festival On Boston Harbor Islands Opens This Weekend

July 09, 2015
U-Haul box trucks loaded with art were barged out to Georges Island last week for the Isles Arts Initiative. (Amy Archambault)

The goals of the Isles Arts Initiative are “making art accessible and seeing the islands in a new way.”

Giant, Light-Up Bunnies Coming To Boston’s Lawn On D

July 08, 2015
“Intrude" by artist Amanda Parer. (Courtesy)

“These are animals we remember from childhood stories,” artist Amanda Parer says. “I use them as a hook to get people in. Hopefully, they’ll dig a little deeper.”

First Look: 'Science Behind Pixar' Debuts At Boston's Museum Of Science

June 26, 2015
Sulley and Mike from “Monsters, Inc." (Greg Cook)

“Scientists and mathematicians are an integral part of what we’re doing. Not just because they’re providing tools, but because they’re stimulating the storytellers and the artists,” says Ed Catmull, one of the founders of Pixar.

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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