LEGALART NAMES CHRISTOPHER COOK AS NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

(March 21, 2012, Miami, FL) LegalArt, an arts service nonprofit organization, is proud to announce and welcome Christopher Cook as the organization’s Executive Director.

Christopher Cook, who has an extensive background in curating and managing art organizations, will be leading LegalArt during this exciting period of expansion and growth. Mr. Cook will be responsible for raising awareness of the organization, fundraising, networking with local and international art organizations, and realizing a new menu of programs furthering LegalArt’s drive to empower artists.

“Chris’s museum and curatorial background as well as his experience managing an artist residency in the past will bring new energy to LegalArt and Miami. Our mission of providing affordable workspace and creating a platform for visiting artists and curators to come to Miami will be greatly enhanced through his addition to our organization”, commented board chair Daniel Arsham.

Before joining LegalArt, Mr. Cook served as Executive Director and Curator of the Salina Art Center, Salina, Kansas for nearly three years, where he continued the institution’s mission and distinguished track record of advanced programs focusing on the art and artists of our time. Previously, he was curator of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City, Missouri. During his tenure at the Kemper Museum, Cook organized over 25 exhibitions, including shows featuring the Museum’s notable collection of modern and contemporary art and special solo projects with artists Johanna Billing, Chakaia Booker, Keltie Ferris, Nancy Hwang, Anthony Lepore, Julia Oschatz, and Jaimie Warren, among others. Before arriving to the Kemper Museum, Cook was curator of the Sioux City Art Center in Sioux City, Iowa, where he mounted exhibitions on artists Dan Attoe, Julian Dashper, Patrick Dougherty, Sharon Engelstein, Keith Jacobshagen, Jin Lee, and Fred Sandback. He has contributed critical essays and artist interviews to numerous publications and actively lectures on contemporary art practices. Cook received his MA in art history, theory, and criticism from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and his BA in art history from the University of Florida, Gainesville. He is originally from Clearwater, Florida.

Since 2003, LegalArt has empowered artists by providing professional education, legal referral assistance, and a live/work residency for artists. The Residency, SeminArt and LegalLink Programs have directly impacted the career and lives of hundreds of local and international artists. LegalArt continues to expand its outreach through The Foundry, its Patrons Society, which celebrates the mission of the organization by funding and spreading the word.

Christopher Cook will begin working at LegalArt on Monday, April 16th, 2012 and can be reached at info@legalartmiami.org

For additional information contact Dominique Breard, Program Coordinator, at dominique@legalartmiami.org or 786.347.2360.

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