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September 2001

Release Date: September 20, 2001

Artist Cook Returns to ASU with October Retrospective

"The Works of Ron O. Cook, A Retrospective" will highlight the art of the former Angelo State University student and employee during a month-long display, beginning Monday, Oct. 1, in the University Gallery of the Houston Harte University Center on the ASU campus.

The retrospective will open Monday, October 1, with a 6-8 p.m. public reception honoring Cook in the University Center Art Gallery. Some 20 of his major paintings and graphic illustrations will be on display at the gallery. The show is being sponsored by the University Center Program Council Arts Committee and is open 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. weekdays. The show will be the third that has featured the former ASU student, instructor and administrator at the university. His last ASU show was 25 years ago.

Cook, who signs his works as "Von Koch" after his ancestors, has done hundreds of paintings, illustrations, drawings and portraits over the last 35 years. His first commission came from a Houston promoter in 1966 for 32 major non-objective paintings, ranging in size from 5x12 feet to 3x6 feet.

Over the years Cook has painted for governors, congressmen, legislators and many other audiences. He did portraits of the members of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board while at ASU. He has done historical portraits of General Patton, Robert E. Lee and Texas Governors Smith, Briscoe and White. At present, he is working on two historical themes: the ancient Mayan Culture and alternate historical themes after international authors Graham Hancock, Alan Alford and others.

Cook considers himself a painter who can accomplish any and all techniques of applying media to a surface. He has painted numerous realistic portraits, non-objective abstracts and graphic surrealistic representations. Much of his recent work has utilized computers to develop his conceptualizations. He has done this with some of his e-books, which he illustrates. One such e-book, THE ENIGMNI, is found online at

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