Helen Maurene Cooper, is an artist and educator living Philadelphia, PA. She earned a MFA from School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2007) and a BA from Bard College (2003). She has exhibited widely, nationally and internationally; Onomatopee (Eindhoven, Netherlands), Clare Morris Gallery ( Ireland), Soap Factory (Minneapolis), Space Mountain (Miami), and Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation (Chicago).
Her work is represented by Bert Green Fine Art, (Chicago). Awards and Fellowships include; the Cultural Council of Eindhoven, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, and University of Chicago. Her 2017 monograph, Paint & Polish: Visual Economy and Visual Culture from the West Side (Onomatopee, Eindhoven Netherlands). Paint & Polish was reviewed in Bust.com, New City, Nails Magazine and the Creators Vice Magazine. Artists' talks have been given at PS1, The Fashion Institute of Technology, Kansas City Art Institute, Elmhurst Art Museum, The Arts Incubator at University of Chicago and Oxbow School of Painting.
Cooper began her study of wet plate photography with France Scully Osterman in 2013. People of the Pandemic (2020) is her second body of ambrotype plates.