Inspired by Christina Quarles: Drop-in Drawing

Workshop with Cooper Lanza

Sunday, May 22, 2022
11:00am – 2:00 pm

Frye Art Museum Galleries

Explore the evocative and ambiguous figures of Christina Quarles in this free drop-in drawing experience. Instructor Cooper Lanza will offer a series of prompts to help you dive into the experimental work and find your own inspiration through Quarles’s practice. All levels of experience are welcome. Drawing materials will be provided, including sketch paper, pencils, and erasers. Personal drawing materials are not allowed in the galleries during this program. Masks are required in all museum spaces, and physical distancing is encouraged.


Cooper Lanza is an artist who has been painting and drawing for over 55 years. She earned a Master of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing from the Academy of Art University in 2015. Cooper 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. In 2016 she opened a gallery and school of Fine Art in Bellingham. Forced to close due to Covid, Cooper moved back to Seattle where she teaches Painting and Drawing at Kirkland Art Center and now, the Frye Art Museum. Cooper offers private classes in Seattle.

Christina Quarles is organized by Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and curated by Grace Deveney, former Assistant Curator, with Jack Schneider, Curatorial Assistant, MCA Chicago. The presentation at the Frye Art Museum is organized by Amanda Donnan, Chief Curator. Lead support for this exhibition is provided by The Bennett Collection of Women Realists. Generous additional support is provided by the Frye Foundation and Frye Members. Media sponsorship is provided by Crosscut.

Image: Christina Quarles. An Absense the Size of Yew, 2019. Acrylic on canvas. 56 x 60 x 2 in. Joachim and Nancy Bechtle, Promised gift to San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. © Christina Quarles. Courtesy of the artist, Hauser & Wirth, and Pilar Corrias, London