Best Of 2018

Best Example of a Deserving Local Artist Getting National Attention: Courttney Cooper

Using scrap paper gathered and glued together from his day job at Kroger, Cincinnati-based artist Courttney Cooper makes complex, large-scale drawings in ballpoint pen of aerial views of the local landscape, informed by an intimate knowledge of his hometown. He has been heralded in Cincinnati and shown at the Cincinnati Art Museum and other local galleries. But his work recently made a trip a few hours north to Chicago’s prestigious Western Exhibitions, which hosted its first Cooper solo show in late 2016. The show was so well received that Cooper is now officially represented by the gallery, but he remains a vital participant of the local arts scene.