Cooper to present program at Old Kirke Museum

MANISTEE — The Old Kirke Museum will present the second program in its summer series First Person Stories and Songs this week.

“My Life in Art” by artist Ken Cooper will take place at 10 a.m. on July 12 at the museum, located at  at 304 Walnut St. in Manistee.

Cooper spent over a decade working in England with Britain’s National Trust, foundations, museums and historic sites there where his watercolor paintings were exhibited.

His artwork was introduced in England at the Dudley Museum & Art Gallery in 1988, and his association with Dudley led to four more solo shows there including one of The Calke Abbey Paintings in 1996. That same year the series was also exhibited at Calke Abbey, a British National Trust (BNT) property, and he went on to have exhibits at other historic sites. His final two in England were both presented by BNT in 2001.

Cooper was born and raised in Grand Rapids, where he attended Grand Rapids Junior College before earning his bachelor’s degree from West Michigan University and his Master of Arts from Central Michigan University.

His artwork first appeared nationally in 1971 when one of his drawings appeared in the National Drawing and Small Sculpture Show at Ball State University in Indiana. Since that time Cooper’s work has appeared in many group, juried and solo exhibitions, and he has served artist-in-residencies and conducted workshops at schools and BNT and other historic sites on both sides of the Atlantic.

Ken lives with his wife Ruth and their Newfoundland dog in Norwalk.

Cooper is also the president of the Our Saviour’s Historic Society, which owns and operates the Old Kirke (Danish for church) Museum. For more information contact the Old Kirke Museum at


Leave a Reply