Cook working with a student

Russell Cook invited to 51st Annual Kentuck Festival of the Arts

Russell Cook will be showcasing his art at the upcoming Kentuck Festival of the Arts in Northport, Alabama. Cook is an associate professor of art at Georgia Highlands College (GHC).

The festival takes place on October 15 and 16.

GHC offers an associate degree in art as well as an associate degree in graphic design.

Recently, GHC art students were tasked with creating a piece of artwork based on specifications of a client, where the goal was to provide art students with the opportunity to experience the business side of the field. GHC held the first-ever “Moment for Art” reception to display all the pieces.

As associate professor of art, Cook is heavily involved in teaching and working with art students at GHC while also helping them showcase their work. Cook said he is honored to be invited to the Kentuck Festival of the Arts where he will showcase his own professional work, noting how distinguished the festival has become.

Kentuck has a rich 51-year history as a nationally known crossroads of creativity and community. The two-day festival has its roots in folk art and features 270+ artists, live music, spoken word, activities for children, folk and contemporary craft demonstrations, food trucks, and more.

Featured in numerous publications, Kentuck Festival of the Arts was most recently recognized by Alabama Department of Tourism as one of the top-ten events to attend in Alabama in 2018 and by Alabama Magazine as one of the “Best of Bama 2022.”

Kentuck has also been featured in Smithsonian Magazine, Southern Living, American Style Magazine, and National Geographic Traveler.

In 2018, the Festival was named 5th in the nation (based on artists’ self-reported sales) in the category of Classic and Contemporary Craft Shows by Sunshine Artists Magazine.