WSCC host artist Ken Cooper exhibit at Manierre Dawson Gallery

West Shore Community College will host an exhibition by artist Ken Cooper at the Manierre Dawson Gallery from April 29 through August 27.

West Shore Community College will host an exhibition by artist Ken Cooper at the Manierre Dawson Gallery from April 29 through August 27.

Photos courtesy of WSCC

SCOTTVILLE — West Shore Community College will host an exhibition of Manistee artist Ken Cooper's work from April 29 through Aug. 26 at the Manierre Dawson Gallery, on the college’s main campus located in the Arts and Sciences building.

A reception will be held at 5 p.m., Friday, April 29, at the gallery. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 


The exhibition, titled “What Goes Around, Comes Around,” presents some of Cooper’s latest works which are focused on abstraction. In these works, he has abandoned subject matter in favor of dealing with expressions which can stand on their own without reference to the familiar.

“After 50 years of creating artwork I am still searching for answers to the same questions I was when I started,” Cooper said. “What goes around, comes around.”

Cooper has been showing his art throughout Michigan and the United States for five decades. He spent more than one of those decades working in England with Britain’s National Trust for Places of Historic Interest or Natural Beauty where his watercolor paintings were regularly exhibited.

In addition to his art career, for 27 years he was the art teacher at Manistee High School. He has been a faculty member for West Shore Community College’s Art Department, teaching drawing and pottery classes for the past three years.

“Ken has been very instrumental in supporting the growth of the arts community for many decades in Western Michigan,” said WSCC’s Professor of Art and Curator, Eden Ünlüata-Foley. “He has a great ability to bring people together and build lasting communities. His welcoming approach to art inspires many people to try their hand in various media, often leaving with a sense of self-confidence. He has been instrumental in our efforts to grow the art department and take some of the college’s offerings into the communities we serve.  We are delighted to present Ken’s abstract works in a gallery named for one of the world's first abstract painters.”

The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.