A Finding Aid to the Lia Cook Papers, 1968-2012, in the Archives of American Art

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.cooklia
Creators:
Cook, Lia, 1942-
Dates:
1968-2012
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
5.9 Linear feet
Repository:
The papers of fiber artist and painter Lia Cook measure 5.9 linear feet and date from 1968 to 2012. Cook's career and exhibition activities are documented through biographical material, correspondence, professional files, gallery and exhibition files, printed material, photographs, and artwork.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The papers of fiber artist and painter Lia Cook measure 5.9 linear feet and date from 1968 to 2012. Cook's career and exhibition activities are documented through biographical material, correspondence, professional files, gallery and exhibition files, printed material, photographs, and artwork.
The bulk of Cook's papers consist of gallery and exhibition files describing her active participation in exhibiting her works throughout the United States and around the world, and her affiliation with the Allrich Gallery, B.Z. Wagman Gallery, and Fiberworks, Center for the Textile Arts. Professional files contain material relating to conferences and symposiums, written articles, and the sourcing of jacquard looms and other equipment.

Arrangement
Arrangement
The collection is arranged as 7 series.
  • Series 1: Biographical Material, 1968-2012 (Box 1; 0.1 folders)
  • Series 2: Correspondence, 1974-1992 (Box 1; 0.1 folders)
  • Series 3: Professional Files, 1970s-1995 (Box 1-2; 1 linear foot)
  • Series 4: Gallery and Exhibition Files, 1974-1997 (Box 2-5; 3.2 linear feet)
  • Series 5: Printed Material, 1970s-2012 (Box 5; 0.6 linear feet)
  • Series 6: Photographs, 1970s-1980s (Box 6-7; 0.4 linear feet)
  • Series 7: Artwork, 1970s-2000s (Box 6-7; 0.5 linear feet)

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Lia Cook (1942- ) is a fiber artist and painter in Berkeley, California. She is noted for her use of an electronic jacquard loom.
Born in Ventura, California, Lia Cook attended the University of California, Berkeley where she studied political science, painting, and ceramics. She studied under fiber artist Ed Rossbach. She completed a fellowship with the National Endowment for the Arts in the 1970s.
Lia Cook combines fiber art with technology and photography. Her works are found in the collections of museums around the United States and Europe.

Administration
Processing Information
The collection was processed with a finding aid prepared by Jayna Josefson in 2019.
Author
Jayna M. Josefson
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The Lia Cook papers were donated to the Archives of American Art by Lia Cook in 2016.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings and born-digital records with no duplicate copies requires advance notice.
Preferred Citation
Lia Cook papers, 1968-2012. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Related Materials
Also found in the Archives of American Art is an interview of Lia Cook conducted 2006 August 22-29, by Suzanne Baizerman, for the Archives' Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Drawings Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Women artists Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Fiber artists -- California -- Berkeley Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Painters -- California -- Berkeley Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Allrich Gallery Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
B.Z. Wagman Gallery (St. Louis, Missouri) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Fiberworks, Center for the Textile Arts Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
Archives of American Art
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Victor Building, Suite 2200
Washington, D.C. 20001
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