Visual Artist, Seattle WA
University of Washington
M.F.A. painting graduate, 2007
Cooning is best known for creating large-scale integrated art 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 for the city with support from 1% for Public Art and Seattle’s Office of Arts and Culture. Bounty functions as a threshold for Jackson Park Perimeter Trail in north Seattle’s Pinehurst neighborhood. The stylized, ornate fronds function as a bouquet of sorts extolling the virtues of the Pacific Northwest landscape.
Celeste was the first Artist in Residence at Amazon Corporate Headquarters in 2018. More of her artwork lives at Harborview Medical Center West, Starbucks Global, Theo Chocolate Tour Hopper, and Amazon’s Bigfoot building in downtown Seattle.