1951 · United States
Janet Cooling (b.1951, Chester, PA) received her BFA from Pratt Institute in 1973 and MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1975. Feminist art historian Arlene Raven offered Cooling her first solo show, which took place in 1976 at the Women’s Building in Los Angeles. In 1981, she was in in William Olander’s “Young Americans” show with Cindy Sherman and David Salle, among others. The following year, she was part of the New Museum’s “Extended Sensibilities” exhibition, curated by Dan Cameron, the first museum show to address gay themes in contemporary art. In 1984, her work was included in the US Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, curated by Marcia Tucker. Throughout the 1970s and 80s, Cooling had three solo shows at Nancy Lurie Gallery in Chicago and a solo show at Feature Inc., among others. She taught at San Diego State University from 1984 to 2013 and continued to show nationally and internationally. Cooling’s work is in the collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the New Museum, New York; the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; the Allan Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin; the Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach; and the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, New York, among others. Cooling lives and works in Richmond, VA.