Cathy C. Cook has been creating films, videos, poetry films, animation, collages and installations since the very early 1980’s. Cook's new project (see Projects) takes her to the largest migration locations for Sandhill Cranes and Whooping Cranes to create the Cranes in Motion project. In 2012 and 2014 she received research grants from UMBC and the IRC to develop and produce this multi-media collection of works. This near completed project includes animation, photos, moving images, sound and interactive installations.

IMMORTAL CUPBOARD: In Search of Lorine Niedecker won a Jury Award at the 2009 Wisconsin Film Festival and was nominated for the Best of Documentary at the 2010 Beloit International Film Festival. The film has screened at the Anthology Film Archives and the Bowery Poetry Club in NYC. In addition Cook presented the film for the 2009 Fall for the Book Festival at George Mason University and in San Francisco in Spring of 2010. IMMORTAL CUPBOARD was aired on Wisconsin Public TV along with an interview which was part of, "Director's Cut."

Cook has exhibited her award-winning work extensively in both solo and group shows including screenings at MOMA and the Whitney Museum. Her poetry film #536 was included in the Rattapallax #17 and her film tar guys was in the 2008 Zebra Poetry Film Festival. In 2001, Cook was awarded a Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship. Currently she is an Associate Professor in Visual Arts at The University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC). Prior to moving to Baltimore, Cook worked in New York City for eleven years as an Art Director in the Film/TV industry. While in NYC, she also taught Film/Video production and Animation at various New York area colleges. Whenever possible she takes in nature, on a small lake in Wisconsin with her dog Zippy.

Photo by David Figueroa
Photo by J. Shimon & J. Lindemann
Photo by David Figueroa