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Cooper Lanza is an artist who has been painting and drawing for over 55 years. Cooper earned a Master of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing from the Academy of Art University in 2015.
Cooper Lanza worked in Seattle as a Decorative Finisher and Scenic Artist before pursuing an MFA, and earned a BFA in Performance Production from Cornish College of the Arts in 2008.

Self Portrait


  • Master of Fine Arts, Fine Art: Painting and Drawing, The Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA,  December 2015 

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, Performance Production: Scenic Painting, Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, WA, June 2008

  • Fine Art and Dance, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, 1979 – 1983

  • Fine Art, The American Academy of Art, Chicago, IL, 1978 – 1979

  • Fine Art, Columbia College, Chicago, IL, 1978 – 1979


Professional Experience

  • Frye Art Museum, Instructor: Painting and Drawing, Seattle, WA, 2022 – Present

  • Kirkland Art Center, Instructor: Painting and Drawing, Kirkland, WA, 2021 – Present

  • Cooper Lanza Gallery and School of Fine Art, Owner, 2015 – Present

  • Whatcom Community College, Instructor: Painting, Bellingham, WA, 2012 – 2017

  • Union Scenic Artist, 488 Studio Mechanics of the Northwest, Seattle, WA, 2004 – Present

  • Cooper Lanza Artworks: Fine Art, Decorative Wall Finishes, Murals, Seattle, WA, 1996 – Present

  • Fairhaven Community College, Art Instructor, Fairfax, CA, 1983

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