Cook is the proud recipient of numerous awards and honors for her paintings and service to the arts community in Ventura that include: 2015 selected to be included as a Master Artist in the Focus on the Masters archive; the 2011 Mayors Arts Award, Artist in the Community; 2014 1st Place Award Ventura County Arts Council; 1st Place Award 2012 Ventura County Fair; the James and Ida Iliff Memorial Scholarship; the Barney Dietz Purchase Award and Award of Excellence from the Ventura College Fine Art Department; the Presidential Award from Ventura College Foundation; and the Outstanding Student Award from Ventura College Friends of the Arts. She was the featured artist for the Ventura 2004 Harvest ArtWalk. Her work has been exhibited throughout Ventura County including solo exhibitions at Accolades, Fox Fine Jewelry, Jonathan’s at Peirano’s and the Buenaventura Art Gallery. She has participated in group exhibits at 643 Project Space, CSUCI, Affinity Bank, Carnegie Museum, Studio Channel Islands Art Center, Artists Union Gallery, Ventura County Arts Council, Ventura College Art Gallery and Ventura Music Festival.
Cook’s paintings are represented in national, personal and corporate collections.
Cook served on the Standards Committee for Studio Channel Islands Art Center, the Public Art Commission and Municipal Art Commission for the City of Ventura, as well as board member for Bell Arts Factory, Buenaventura Art Association, and Ventura Music Festival. She is currently an active member of Studio Channel Islands Art Center and Focus on the Masters. While serving on the board for the Ventura Music Festival, she curated a unique marketing campaign entitled Festival Violins where artists painted violins to be displayed countywide prior to the 2005 festival. She has previously hosted “Buenaventura Gallery Presents,” a cable access television show.
Cook serves her community as a volunteer at Community Memorial Hospital and the Ventura Botanical Gardens. In 2009, she served as Chair of the Citizen Blue Ribbon Budget Committee for the City of Ventura. She additionally has volunteered for FoodShare, collecting donations at the Saturday downtown Farmers Market.
In 1998, long-time resident of the City of Ventura, Susan Cook, re-entered college with the hopes of becoming a landscape designer. While attending Ventura College, she found her true passion, painting. Under the tutelage of such remarkable faculty as Hiroko Yoshimoto, Carlisle Cooper and Robert Moskowitz, her formal art education began. She transferred to California State University, Channel Islands and earned her Bachelors Degree in Art, graduating Summa Cum Laude in their first class of 2003.