Allison Beckwith Cooke earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Art Education from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 1976 and a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Drawing and Painting from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee in 1988. Throughout her teaching career, Cooke has taught a wide range of studio disciplines including design, color theory, drawing, life drawing, pastel, oil, acrylic and watercolor at the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design and full-time in the Department of Art and Design housed in the Peck School of the Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Cooke has taught summer courses in drawing and painting at Santa Reparata International School of Art since 2007. These courses take advantage of both the Florentine experience and the painting studio at SRISA.
Cooke’s passion for the ancient and classical imagery that inspires her artwork has been enhanced by her travels to Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Mexico, Russia, and Sweden. Her images are created with both traditional and experimental approaches primarily in oil, egg tempera and encaustic. Cooke has an extensive national exhibition record and is in permanent art collections in Japan and India.