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My address at the Undergraduate Commencement Exercises, Fall 2015
In May of 2015, I was named Distinguished Professor of the Year for Mississippi College. For this honor, I am most grateful, in particular because it was given to me by my colleagues. As part of this recognition, I was invited to deliver the address at the undergraduate commencment exercises on December 18, 2015. Undergraduate graduation is a wonderful occasion, and you may read my remarks to the graduates from the link at the end of this page. They are offered humbly and sincerely, and are free to the world. They may be quoted in whole or in part, and may be paraphrased, but if quoted, I ask that they not be edited.
Thank you for visiting. I hope to be able to meet you in person and offer any support I can give to you.
Stephen D. Cook, M.F.A., Professor of Art, Mississippi College
My photograph at right shows me with one of my etchings, "Aeschines," from my Roman Heads series. Photo courtesy of Abbie Gore.
About Stephen D. Cook
Stephen D. Cook, M.F.A., is Professor of Art at Mississippi College. A native Mississippian, Mr. Cook studied with the late Marie Hull in the early 1960's and has worked in art all of his life. He is an alumnus of Mississippi College ('73), and obtained his Master of Fine Arts degree with a printmaking major, from the University of Mississippi in 1975, also studying painting and drawing. He was a University Fellow. He then went to England as an ITT International Fellow for a year of study in printmaking at the Royal College of Art, London, gaining a Short Course Certificate in Printmaking. His prints and other artworks are in a number of public and private collections, including the etching, "Stone Circle," in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. He has been a consultant and arranged two exhibitions for the Mississippi Museum of Art, "The Age of Rembrandt," featuring many of that artist's etchings, and "The History of Printmaking: Prints from the Sara Virginia Jones Collection," and for both of these he wrote the bulk of the interpretive material. He has lectured before numerous audiences, including the Visual Arts Academy of Cluj, Romania.
At Mississippi College, Mr. Cook teaches printmaking, painting, and drawing, and he advises international students.
Mr. Cook is listed in "Who's Who in American Art" and “Who’s Who in America.”
ART 6563 - Studio Thesis I
TBA, TBA, Aven 302
ART 303 - Drawing III
TR, 8:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m., East Campus Art Studio
ART 6101 - Graduate Design
M, 6:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m., East Campus Art Studio
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