Brian D. Cohen is an educator, artist, and writer. He was graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude with high honors from Haverford College and completed his Master’s degree in Painting at the University of Washington. In 1989 he founded Bridge Press to further the association and integration of visual image, original text, and book structure.
As a printmaker, Brian has shown in forty individual exhibitions, including a retrospective in 1997 at the Fresno Art Museum, and has participated in over 150 group shows. Cohen’s books and etchings are held by major private and public collections throughout the country, including Yale, Harvard, Brown, and Stanford Universities, Middlebury, Smith, Wellesley, Swarthmore, and Dartmouth Colleges, the University of Vermont, The New York Public Library, The Library of Congress, and the Philadelphia and Portland (Oregon) Museums of Art, as well as the United States Ambassador’s residence in Egypt. Brian was the first-place winner of major international print competitions in San Diego, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC., was awarded the Best Book in Show at the Pyramid Atlantic Book Fair, and has received grants from the Vermont Arts Council and the Vermont Community Foundation.
Brian was the founding director of The Putney School Summer Programs from 1987 until 2001, and was the founding artistic director of the Two Rivers Printmaking Studio in White River Junction, Vermont. He was an art teacher at The Putney School from 1985 until 2011, where he founded and directed the Summer Programs and was Dean of Faculty, and is past president of the Idyllwild Arts Foundation. Cohen’s teaching experience has also included classes and workshops at Marlboro College, Plymouth State University (New Hampshire), Johnson State College, Community College of Vermont, Norwich University, St. Michael’s College, and The University of the Arts. He is the illustrator of two popular natural science books, Reading the Forested Landscape and The Granite Landscape, and is a frequent contributor of artwork to literary reviews and other publications, including the Paris Review. A book of his work, Brian D. Cohen: Etchings & Books, was published in 2001. His essays on art and education are a regular feature of the Arts and Culture section of the Huffington Post and appear in the HuffPost Aspen Institute.