Minnesota Artists Oral History Project: Interview with Richard Cooper
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Description BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Richard Cooper was born in 1946 in Hiawatha, Kansas. He grew up in suburban Kansas City, graduated from high school there in 1964, and earned a bachelor of fine arts degree from the Kansas City Art Institute, majoring in sculpture. He spent two years in the Army, including eleven months in Vietnam, and then returned to the United States, married artist Georgiana Kettler, and received a master of fine arts degree from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1973. After teaching in the St. Louis area, he came to Minnesota to teach at Southwest State University in Marshall. In the late 1970s and 1980s he also taught at St. Cloud State University and at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and served as a visiting lecturer at several colleges in Minnesota and surrounding states. In the 1980s and 1990s he also was involved with numerous art galleries in the area and worked as curator for several private and corporate art collections. In 1979 Cooper and his wife separated, and in the early 1980s he formed a relationship with artist Mark O'Leary. Around 1985 he and O'Leary found out they were HIV positive. O'Leary died in 1993. At the time of the interview, Cooper was public relations manager at Intermedia Arts in Minneapolis and a consultant and writer for a variety of art organizations and publications. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: His art training, early sculptures, Kettler's work, art organizations in the Twin Cities, O'Leary's illness and death, and work with corporate art collections.
Quantity 2 hours sound cassette
20 pages transcript
Format Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
Measurements 01:53:17 running time
Creation Interviewee: Cooper, Richard R.
Interviewer: O'Sullivan, Thomas
Made in Mahtomedi, Washington County, Minnesota, United States
Subjects Made in Mahtomedi, Washington County, Minnesota, United States
Dates Creation: 11/07/1997
Holding Type Oral History - Interview
Identifiers OH 1
Accession Number AV2000.36
More Info MHS Library Catalog
Related Collections Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Minnesota Artists Oral History Project'

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