Swarm: Works by Ashley Norwood Cooper

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Swarm: Works by Ashley Norwood Cooper

April 1 – May 14, 2023

Ashley Norwood Cooper is drawn to the idea that swarming shapes can hold paintings together even as they create chaos and disorder. This exhibition of her colorfully engaging paintings examines how humans interact with swarming bees, butterflies, and even ghost rabbits.

Cooper’s intensely colored, painterly, figurative work explores the creative lives of women, the awkwardness of family relationships, and the unpredictability of the natural world. She has exhibited in solo and group shows in the U.S. and Europe including First Street Gallery (NYC), ZINC Contemporary (Seattle) and Galerie Thomas Fuchs (Stuttgart, Germany). Her work has been featured in New American Paintings and on the I Like Your Work Podcast. Her debut at VOLTA NYC 2020 garnered write ups in the New York Times and Arcade Projects Zine (Columbia University). Ms. Cooper’s paintings are included in public and private collections in the United States and Europe including the McEvoy Foundation for the Arts (San Francisco) and Greenville County Museum of Art (South Carolina).


Artist Talk and Poetry Reading with Ashley Cooper and A.E. Stallings
Saturday, April 1, 2023 • 3:00 pm
$15 Members; $17.50 Non-Members
Enjoy a special talk and poetry reading with artist Ashley Norwood Cooper and poet A.E. Stallings. Ms. Stallings will read from her latest book of poetry, This Afterlife, and Ms. Cooper will discuss the paintings in her new exhibition Swarm: Works by Ashley Norwood Cooper. The pair will talk about the relationship between art and poetry and how their decades long friendship and creative exchange has influenced their work. Reserve tickets here >>>

“The Revery Garden” – Children’s Programs featuring Crafting, Stories, and Poetry with Ashley Norwood Cooper
Saturdays: April 1, 15, and 29 from 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Included with museum admission. Ages 19 and under are admitted free.
“The Revery Garden” is a series of three, one-hour courses featuring crafting, stories, and poetry taking place on select Saturdays in April. Children will work with artist Ashley Norwood Cooper to make an art installation called the “Revery Garden.” Find out what activities are offered each day >>>

Food For Thought – Lunch and Lecture Series
Swarm: Works by Ashley Norwood Cooper
Wednesday, April 26 • 12:30 PM
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