S. Tucker Cooke, Self Portrait. Oil Painting and Drawing Materials, 29.25 x 21.75 inches, 1999. Courtesy of Asheville Art Museum
S. Tucker Cooke joined UNC Asheville in 1966 after receiving a MFA from the University of Georgia. He taught introductory two-dimensonal design, all levels of drawing and painting as well as senior level seminars. He was department chair for more than thirty years.
He works primarily with paint and mixed media, he strives to create a balance of supposed opposites in his work: balancing the real and the unreal, light and shadow. Cooke has participated in over 21 solo exhibitions and has had his work accepted in over 60 competitive group exhibitions. The Asheville Art Museum hosted a major retrospective of his work in 1976. His work is in the collection of the Hunter Museum, the Mint Museum, and the Asheville Art Museum.
Tucker retired in May 2007.