Atlanta artist Don Cooper grew up in rural Georgia. There were no museums and no art programs in the school. His mother was a self taught artist who encouraged her son in his passion for “making things.” He was a good enough student whose teachers often remarked in the comments section on his report card, “too distracted – not making use of time.” Cooper was distracted but all the while making things in his imagination. When his freshman college roommate turned out to be an art student, Cooper was drawn to studying art. At the University of Georgia in the ’60’s that meant training in a radical program called Art in the Dark.