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Painter and writer Regina Tatum Cooke was born on August 22, 1902 in Corsicana, Texas. As a young woman she studied art at Ward-Belmont Junior College in Nashville, Tennessee. She also studied for two years at Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas with Birger Sandzen. In 1925 she earned a bachelors degree from Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Colorado. In 1925 Regina married Bronson Frey Cooke in Denver, Colorado. The marriage ended in 1930, and the artist returned home until 1933 when she moved permanently to Taos, New Mexico. Cooke exhibited throughout the mid-west during the 1930s 1950s. Her exhibitions included the Museum of New Mexico, Denver Art Museum, the University of Texas-Austin, Centennial Exhibition-Dallas, Museum of Fine Arts and the Stables Gallery-Taos. Regina Tatum Cookes career in writing took off in 1948 when she became the "key chronicler of art activity in Taos." She worked for the "Taos Star" as society and art editor in 1948. For the next decade she wrote for "El Crepusculo de la Libertad". From 1949 until her retirement in 1971 she was the art and society editor for the "Taos News". She continued her column in the "Taos News" until 1988. She also wrote about Taos for "Artists of the Rockies", "The Golden West" and "Southwest Art". Regina Tatum Cooke died September 3, 1988 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Source

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