Cory Bernat grew up in Satellite Beach, Florida swimming with manatees and watching shuttle launches. In college Cory studied art & design and was recruited by the cia. She was employed for three years at the cia, first as a graphic designer, and later as a disguise technician working with wigs. She then lived in San Francisco for five years and worked as a graphic designer, an art school librarian at the San Francisco Art Institute (sfai), and a docent for the National Park Service on Alcatraz Island. At sfai, Cory adopted the unexpected role as community stylist, bartering cia-quality hair cuts for art. She amassed a formidable art collection in the process. Cory has since returned to the east coast for graduate school, studying visual culture, food culture, art & design and public history. She earned two master’s degrees in December 2009. Cory’s independent project, When Beans Were Bullets, an exhibit of food posters from World Wars I and II at the National Agricultural Library, led her to co-curate FOOD: Transforming the American Table, 1950-2000 at the Smithsonian Museum of American History. Currently Cory is teaching in the Exhibit Design MA Program at the Corcoran College of Art + Design. Cory still cuts hair for trade.
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