Cooper Lanza has been painting and drawing for over 55 years. Cooper earned her 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 her MFA. She earned her BFA in Performance Production from Cornish College of the Arts.

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

  • Cooper Lanza School of Fine Art, Instructor: Painting and Drawing, 2015 – Present

  • Member: Morgan Block Studios (artist collective), Bellingham, WA, 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