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Judith Ann Polus Cook, American art educator. Recipient Pikes Peak Art Council's Recognition award 1994.


Cook, Judith Ann Polus was born on April 16, 1943 in Reedsburg, Wisconsin, United States. Daughter of Allan Milton and Leona Christina (Gadow) Jenkins.


Bachelor, St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota, 1964. Postgraduate, University Iowa, 1966. Postgraduate, University Phoenix.


Elementary art teacher, supervisor, Wauwatosa (Wisconsin) Public School Sys., 1964-1965;high school art teacher, Oakfield (Wisconsin) Public School System, 1969-1974;curator of education, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, Wisconsin, 1983-1986;director, Bemis Art School, Colorado Springs (Colorado) Fin Arts Center, 1987-1989, 91-93;acting executive director, Bemis Art School, Colorado Springs (Colorado) Fin Arts Center, 1989-1990, 94-. Art juror 5th Congressional District High School Art Competition, Colorado Springs, 1988, Fred Wells 15-12 State Juried Competition, Lincoln, Nebraska, 1990-1991. Juror Colorado Business Committee for the Arts, 1994.

Coordinator Kennedy Ctr.Imagination Celebration, 1988, Robert Bateman Master Classes, Wausau, Wisconsin, 1986, Colorado Springs, 1991. Workshop presenter R.T. Peterson Institute, Jamestown, New York, 1992.


Member steering committee Arts/Business/Education Committee, Colorado Springs, since 1988, Kennedy Center Imagination Celebration, since 1987. Member Colorado Springs Airport Art Commission. Member National Art Education Association, Colorado Art Education Association, Metropolitan Museum Art (associate member), National Museum of Women in the Arts (charter member).


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: skiing, hiking, books, collecting antique bottles.


Married Gerald Edward Polus, October 26, 1973 (divorced 1987). 1 child, Jessica Lynette. Married Curtis Dillard Cook, July 7, 1994.

Allan Milton Jenkins

Leona Christina (Gadow) Jenkins

Gerald Edward Polus

Curtis Dillard Cook

Jessica Lynette Cook