Malcolm Cochran


Program Director and Curator

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Malcolm Cochran has created large-scale objects, installations, and public art since the late 1970s. In greater Columbus he is best known for Field of Corn (with Osage Orange Trees), 1994, in Dublin; In Principle and in Practice, at the Ohio Judicial Center; and Goodale Park Fountain. The latter was among 37 outstanding public arts projects honored in the 2013 Public Art Network Year in Review program. His exhibitions and projects include works at Artpark, Lewiston, NY; P.S.1 and Socrates Sculpture Park in New York City; Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus; Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati; Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art; Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia; Retretti Art Center, Finland; and Het Stroomhuis, the Netherlands. Other permanent public commissions are in Brattleboro, VT, Cleveland, and the Hudson River Park, New York City.

Cochran received his BA at Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT, and his MFA at Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI. From 1975 to 1986 he was exhibition designer and curator at the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College. He came to Columbus in 1987 to join the faculty of the Department of Art at The Ohio State University, from which he retired in 2012. He is currently the Distinguished Visiting Artist in the MFA program at Columbus College of Art & Design.

Mayor Michael B. Coleman appointed Cochran to serve on the newly established Columbus Art Commission in 2007. In summer 2009 he led a studio for 25 graduate students in various disciplines in vacant storefronts and buildings—dubbed Art Squatters—in downtown Columbus. Finding Time: ColumbusPublicArt2012 was an outgrowth of that studio and his desire to expand on it with the goal of of building support for an ongoing public art program in Columbus.
Current as of October 2014.
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