Chris Cooley - Owner
The Cooley Gallery is owned by Chris Cooley, an art education major from Utah State. After college, Chris had planned to become a high school art teacher and coach. In 2004 Chris was drafted in the third round by the Washington Redskins and played nine years with the team. While playing, Chris continued to draw and paint, but it wasn't until the summer of 2006 that he actually purchased a pottery wheel. Throwing pots is where he found his true love for creativity. Chris is a self taught potter and, has continued to work daily at creating functional pottery.
“Creating something every day is what makes me most happy. Whether it be pottery, drawing or making my own concrete counter tops, I just have this desire to continue to create. The idea of knowing I made a piece of art that someone uses and loves is amazing. Art inspires me and I hope to show that enthusiasm to all of our gallery customers. “
Outside of the gallery, Chris has a radio show every day from 7am to 11am on ESPN 980 with Kevin Sheehan called “Cooley & Kevin.” He also provides the color commentary for the Redskins games with Larry Michael, Sonny Jurgensen and Doc Walker.
“I try to be creative in everything I do. Although Football player, radio host and artist seem to be odd combinations, they are all similar by allowing me to express who I am as a person.”