Cora Brooks was raised in Lansdowne, Pennsylvania in 1885 and lived both in Pennsylvania and Boothbay Harbor, Maine. She studied at the Philadelphia School of Design for Women (now Moore College of Art) with Henry B. Snell and Elliot Daingerfield.
Brooks actively exhibited and maintained memberships at such organizations as the National Arts Club, National Association of Women Painters and Sculptors, Plastic Club, Philadelphia Art Alliance, and American Federation of Artists. Brooks was also one of the original members of The Ten Philadelphia Painters, a group of women artists who exhibited their work, with much critical acclaim, from 1919 through 1941.
The artist’s work can be found in the collections of the Pennsylvania State College and the Twentieth Century Club. In 1997, Moore College of Art produced a traveling exhibit of The Philadelphia Ten, which included a number of Brooks’ work.