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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: '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.

Ken Liu's 'Grace Of Kings' Is An Epic Steampunk Reimagining Of Chinese History

June 25, 2015
"The Grace of Kings" by Ken Liu. (Courtesy)

An interview with the Stoughton author who swept the fantasy prizes a few years ago, and is back now with a major new novel.

Photos: Donna Summer Roller Disco Party Returns To Boston City Hall

June 20, 2015
"The Donna Summer Memorial Roller Disco Tribute Party." (Greg Cook)

Thousands gathered to celebrate the Boston-born disco legend.

Photos: Boston Dyke March, The Radical Cousin Of The Gay Pride Parade

June 13, 2015
The 2015 Boston Dyke March. (Greg Cook)

“It’s a march, it’s not a parade. It’s not that this isn’t a celebration, but we’re always focused on political aspects.”

Squeezebox Slam Music Fest Aims To Unleash ‘Accordion Anarchy’ On Somerville

June 10, 2015
Dancing at the 2014 Squeezebox Slam. (Courtesy)

The Squeezebox Slam, which returns June 13, began with a dream: to get 1,000 accordion players and take over Somerville.

Photos: The Revival Of Sculpture Racing In Cambridge

June 06, 2015
“BiblioBurro was inspired by a story in the news a few years ago of a teacher in Columbia who wandered the countryside giving away books to kids,” said Scott Ruescher, program administrator for the arts in education program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where students helped construct the papier-mâché, wood, chicken wire and cardboard critter. “The roller-skates I got from Chez Vous [skating rink] in Dorchester. Used. I paid 50 bucks for two pairs. I didn’t’ know how else to get the burro down the road.” (Greg Cook)

Thirty years after the last sculpture race here, a noble band of artists is bringing the madcap competition back from the dead.

Celebrate Spring With Our Guide To 22 Garden Tours Across The Region

June 04, 2015
One of the gardens featured in a previous year's tour by the Needham Women’s Club. (Courtesy)

Including a hydrangeas festival, a wetland restoration, and the birthplace of the American Beauty Rose.

At Long Hill In Beverly Discover One Of The Most Beautiful Gardens In The Region

June 03, 2015
Pinkshell azaleas flank the log stairs and railing going up to the Chinese pagoda. Clouds of blue forget-me-nots hover around the ground throughout the property. (Greg Cook)

“You take a path and you enter another secret room,” says longtime superintendent Dan Bouchard.

'It's Like Being Inside A Rainbow'—'Pentalum' Comes To Boston's Lawn On D

May 28, 2015
"Pentalum," the inflatable, technicolor spectacle coming to Lawn on D. (Alan Parkinson)

Explore the inflatable tunnels and domes—”one part science-fiction space station, one part colorful dream, one part futuristic playground”—temporarily at the Boston Convention Center.

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.

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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