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Ian Cooper has been on the sculpture faculty at New York University’s Steinhardt School Department of Art & Arts Professions since the fall of 2005. Over the past decade he has taught Fundamentals of Sculpture, Projects in Sculpture: Soft Sculpture, and Projects in Sculpture: Advanced Processes. Since 2011, Cooper has been a core member of the Senior Studio faculty. In 2014 Cooper replaced department chair, Jesse Bransford as lead faculty for the Senior Studio program, and was simultaneously named program coordinator for Bransford’s newly minted Senior Honors Studio program.
Cooper has had solo exhibitions at Halsey McKay, East Hampton; Sandroni.Rey, Los Angeles; and CUE Arts Foundation, New York. His work has been exhibited both in the United States and abroad at such galleries and institutions as Artist Curated Projects, Los Angeles; Planthouse, New York; Tracy Williams, LTD, New York; Klaus von Nichtssagend, New York; Nice & Fit, Berlin; Mai 36 Galerie, Zurich; Locust Projects, Miami; The Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati; and The Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt. Cooper’s work is in the permanent collection of The Whitney Museum of American Art and The Perez Art Museum in Miami.
Cooper was born in New York City in 1978 and lives and works in Red Hook, Brooklyn.