It Starts on The Playground, 2019, Acrylic and oil on canvas, 72 x 48 in.

It Starts on The Playground, 2019, Acrylic and oil on canvas, 72 x 48 in.




April 12 - June 1, 2019

Opening Reception: April 12, 2019 (6-9 PM)

Bay View Gallery Night Reception: May 31, 2019 (6-10 PM)

Artist Talk: June 1, 2019 (Time TBD)

Mel Cook is a visual artist currently living and working in Chicago, Illinois. She received her BFA from Bowling Green State University (2009) and her MFA from Illinois State University in (2012). Her solo and two person exhibitions include SOME KIND OF (M)OTHER at Yeah Maybe, Minneapolis, MN (2019), Mother of The Clown with Molly Colleen O’Connell at Roots and Culture, Chicago, IL (2018), and We Have a Back Room With Other Things with Megan Stroech at Heaven Gallery, Chicago, IL (2016). Selected group exhibitions include Somebody Told Me You People Were Crazy at Hathaway Gallery, Atlanta, GA (2019), Painting The Figure Now at Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art, Wausau, WI (2019), 4 Acts at Elmhurst Art Museum, Elmhurst, IL (2019) Local Comfort at LVL3, Chicago, IL (2018), The Chicago Show at 56 Downing St., Brooklyn, NY (2018), Women Painting Men at Riverside Arts Center (2018), Winter Romance at Andrew Rafacz Gallery (2018), Nothing Is Ours But Time at Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, Chicago, IL (2018), and Unfurnished at Demo Projects, Springfield, IL (2017). Cook has been an artist in residence at Illinois State University, Normal, IL (2018), ACRE, Steuben, WI (2017), Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME (2016), and The Center Program at Hyde Park Arts Center, Chicago, IL (2016). Public Collections include The Joan Flasch Artist Book Collection at School of The Art Institute Chicago, Chicago, IL, The Polsinelli Art Collection, New York, NY, and David Beitzel Fine Arts, New York, NY. Cook’s work has been featured or reviewed in The Chicago Tribune, Artsy, Chicago Woman Magazine, Artnet News, Vagabond City Lit, and New American Paintings.