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Celeste Cooning : Offerings

  • Phylogeny Contemporary 2718 Elliott Avenue Seattle, WA, 98121 United States (map)

The M.F.A. painting program at the University of Washington led Celeste Cooning to Seattle. A decade later, she is best known for creating large-scale, ethereal installations. Aside from various exhibitions, her work adorns city parks, storefronts, special events, and the stage.

2013 marked the transformation of Cooning’s signature cut-paper aesthetic into a permanent outdoor sculpture through 1% for Public Art. Bounty functions as a threshold for Jackson Park Perimeter Trail in Seattle’s Pinehurst neighborhood. The stylized, ornate fronds harken to the verdant beauty of the Pacific Northwest.

Cooning was the first Artist in Residence at Amazon Corporate with an installation in their Bigfoot building. More of the artist’s works are on view at Starbucks Headquarters, Theo Chocolate, and Harborview Medical Center.

Artist Statement

A pervading interest in pattern and repetition led me to explore cut paper. The medium facilitates a particular response to material, shape, light, and space. My studio practice encompasses site-specific installations that inhabit public and private, interior and exterior spaces. Light actively engages the work with vivid color, reflective qualities, and dynamic, cast shadows. The pattern-based and sometimes ornate compositions, often begin as a series of hand-cut paper constructions and then transformed into large-scale installations that emphasize texture, rhythm, and light. These sensorial experiences are meant to provoke visceral responses. It is within these sensational moments that we become curious, hopeful and inspired.

CELESTE COONING STUDIOS                                                         Seattle, WA |


2007    M.F.A. in Painting                 University of Washington, Seattle, WA

2001    B.F.A. in Painting with Distinction

            B.A. in Art History                Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

Permanent Commissions

2018    Sea and Sky, Arras Residential, Bellevue, WA

            Café NoLA, Starbucks, New Orleans Airport, Louisiana

            In the Garden, Delaney’s Tavern, Orlando, Florida

2017    Milk and Honey, Cora Residential Property, Queen Anne, Seattle

2016    Hunt and Gather, Sound Transit / East Main St Station, East Link, Bellevue, WA

Triptych Series, NV, Unico Properties LLC, 12thand Pettygrove, Portland, OR

Ebb and Flow, LUMA, Lowe Enterprises/Weber Thompson, Capitol Hill, Seattle

2015    Starbucks Headquarters, Global Art Program, Seattle

Peaks and Valleys, Harborview Medical Center, 4Culture Site Specific, Seattle

Milk and Honey, Bridges @ 11th, Security Properties, University District, Seattle

2013    Bounty, City of Seattle, Jackson Park Perimeter Trail

1% Public Art Fund, Seattle Office of Arts and Culture

2012    Rainforest Canopy, Theo Chocolate, Tour Hopper, Seattle

Performance Collaborations  

2018    Traces of Us, Kinesis Dance Project, Waterfront Park, Seattle, WA

2017    Timepiece, Kinesis Dance Project, John Jay College, New York City, NY

2016    In Persistence of Memory, Kinesis Dance Project, John Jay College, New York City, NY

2015    Love Letters, Playwright and Actress Amontaine Aurore, The Orcas Center, Orcas Island, WA

BeginAgain Tour 2015, Zoe|Juniper, NYC, DC, Philadelphia, LA, New Zealand

2014    BeginAgain, Zoe|Juniper, On the Boards, Seattle and 3LD, NYC

Site-Specific Installations

2018    Another Dimension/ Another Dimension, Arts-A-Glow Lantern Festival, Burien, WA

Another Dimension/ Another Dimension, Bumbershoot Art and Music Festival, Seattle

The Portal, Arts in Nature Festival, Camp Long, West Seattle

2017    Another Dimension/ Another Dimension, Upstream Music Fest & Summit, Seattle

2015    Over the River, Equinox Studios, supported by Pratt Fine Arts and Chihuly Garden and Glass

2014    Seattle Center and Seattle Office of Arts and Culture, Winterfest Installation

Eye Candy, TowerPinkster, Artprize 2014, Grand Rapids, MI

When You Wish, Storefronts Project, Shunpike, Bellevue and South Lake Union, Seattle

2013    Ichi Ni San, Occidental Park, Artsparks, 4Culture Site-Specific and Seattle Parks and Recreation

Seattle Tower 1928, SAM Rental and Sales Gallery

Heaven and Earth, 601 S 1st St, Storefronts Mount Vernon, WA

Cut Paper Portrait Studio, Chase Open Studio, Seattle Art Museum

2012    Star Light, Star Bright, Arts-a-glow, Dottie Harper Park, 4Culture Site Specific and City of Burien

A Picnic in Paradise, SAM Remix, Seattle Art Museum

            Gates to Paradise City, Auburn Storefronts, 123 Main St, Auburn,WA

2011    Honeycomb Clouds, Occidental Park, Artsparks, Seattle

The Golden Hour, Spaceworks Storefront, 912 Broadway, Tacoma, WA

2010    A Brighter Day, Seattle Storefronts, 510 Maynard, Seattle

Bitter Sweet, Calvin College (106) Gallery, Artprize, Grand Rapids, MI

Celebration and Fanfare, Occidental Park, Artsparks, Seattle

2008    Sea and Sky, Woolworth Windows, Tacoma Contemporary, Tacoma, WA

2007    Milk and Honey, M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition / Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA


CELESTE COONING STUDIOS                                                         Seattle, WA   


Select Exhibitions

2017    Base, LikeLove, Group Exhibition, Equinox Studios, Seattle

2016    Calvin College (106)Gallery,  , Artprize, Grand Rapids, MI

2015    Kirkland Arts Center, Slash & Burn, Kirkland, WA

North Seattle Community College, The Public Realm, Seattle

Seattle City Hall, Flight Path, curated by The Common Acre

2014    Axis Pioneer Square, Shear / Moment, Seattle

CoCA, Building Bridges, Seattle

SeaTac Airport, Flight Path, curated by The Common Acre

2013   Mission Gallery, The Power of Three, ACRE Residency Exhibition, Chicago, IL

2012    Bellevue Arts Museum, High Fiber Diet, BAM Biennial, juried exhibition

Seattle/Portland/Oakland StreetArt Small Voids, curated by Todd Jannausch,

2012    Lundgren Monuments, R.I.P. Rest in Paper, Seattle

Paper Hammer, Bouquet, curated by Serrah Russell, Seattle

John Waldron Arts Center, 40 years of Artists from Pygmalion’s Art Supplies, Bloomington, IN

2011    Columbia City Gallery, Paper Works, Invitational by Kathy Fowells, Seattle

2010    The Arts Center, Shape of Sacred, Juried, Curator Hester Coucke, Corvallis, OR


Event Productions                                                                                                               

2017    Bumbershoot Music Festival, Main Stage Green Room, Seattle Center

2016    Sheraton Seattle, PNDRI, Jubilee Events

2014    Western Washington University Gala, Bellingham

Olympic Sculpture Park, Seattle Art Museum, Party in the Park, Seattle

Four Seasons Seattle, Get Hitched Give Hope, Seattle

Fisher Pavilion Seattle Center, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Seattle

WaMu Theater, Amazon Corporate Event, Vangard Events, Seattle

2013    Vulcan Properties, Holiday Event, Seattle

New Leaf Paper, HOW Design Conference, San Francisco, CA

The Strand Hotel, Ritter Sitter, John Ritter Foundation, NYC Marathon, New York, NY, 

The Westin Hotel, Seattle University 30th Anniversary Gala, Seattle

Meany Hall, Seattle, A Small Piece of the Story, School of Dance,University of Washington

2012    City Hall, Celebrating Marriage Equality, Seattle, WA

Lincoln Center, Trade of Innocents, Movie Premiere, New York City, NY

Washington State University, Foundation Gala, Prop Gallery, Pullman, WA

Olympic Sculpture Park, Set the Table for SAM, Seattle

Space Needle, The Next 50, Anniversary Celebration, Green Light Event Design, Seattle

University of Washington, Honeycomb Cloud Canopy, Huskeyfest Stage Set, Seattle

2011    Seattle Design Center, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Holiday Event, Seattle

2010    The Westin Hotel, Seattle University Annual Gala, Seattle

Four Seasons, Get Hitched Give Hope, Seattle

The Ruins, The Paper Moon Affair, Saratoga Print and Paper Foundation, Seattle

Tacoma Convention Center Heart Ball, American Heart Association, WA






CELESTE COONING STUDIOS                                                         Seattle, WA    


Honors, Awards, and Grants                                                                                                              

2018    Artist in Residence, Amazon Corporate, Seattle

            Artist in an Olive Garden Residency, Arles, Frances, sponsored by Arts Atrium, Zurich

2014    ArtBridge Fellowship, Pratt Fine Arts Center and Chihuly Garden and Glass

2012    GAP Grant Recipient, Artist Trust, Seattle

ACRE, Artist Residency, based in Chicago, IL

Sprout 5 Grantee, Seattle

4Culture Site-Specific Grant and 4Culture Individual Artist Projects Award

2010    Contemporary Northwest Art Awards Nominee, Portland Art Museum

2006    Drawing Marathon, New York Studio School, NYC

2005    Davis Fellowship, School of Art, University of Washington



Seattle Business Magazine, Bright Idea: Creative Thinking, September 2018, pg 11

Wang, ed. Paper Art. Vol. 2. Shenzhen, China: Artpower, 2015. Print.

Seattle Times, Dance – and art – make a scene, July 24, 2018, pg B1

Cut Paper Artist Creates Airy, Tough Installations, October 27, 2013, pgH3

City Hall to Dress Up for Wedding Celebrations, December 2, 2012, pgB7

Artists Bring Life to Empty Storefronts, March 24, 2012, pgD1

Tolstoy in Occidental Park, July 14, 2010, pg B4

Seattle Bride, Spring/Summer 2014, Spring/Summer 2012,Fall/Winter 2010 Best of Seattle 2010

Al Jazeera News, 1% for Public Art Celebrates 40 years, December 2013, Seattle, WA  

City Arts, Love Wins, Photo Feature by Nate Watters, January 2013, pg 3, Seattle

Earlier Event: January 11
Les Bonshommes Didier Hamey
Later Event: March 7
Art on Paper NY 2019