Anita Cooke has lived and worked as an artist and teacher in New Orleans since 1980. She received a BFA in Ceramics from Kent State University (Ohio) in 1978 and a MFA in Ceramics and Sculpture at Newcomb College/Tulane University (New Orleans, LA) in 1984.
Cooke has taught Ceramics at Tulane University and Loyola University (New Orleans, LA), Stephen F. Austin State University (Texas), Western Michigan University (Michigan) and out of her own New Orleans studio. Her twenty-eight foot long ceramic mural, entitled Lightsounds, can be seen on the campus of Western Michigan University. In 2005, Cooke was the recipient of a Louisiana Fellowship Award. She is currently working with sewing, fabric, mixed-media, and collage. Her works are in numerous private collections and can be seen locally at Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans.