Kevin Cole

Kevin Cole received his B.S. from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, an M.A. in art education from the University of Illinois at Urbana, and an M.F.A. from Northern Illinois University. Within the last 32 years, he has received 27 grants and fellowships, 75 awards in art, 51 teaching awards. and over 35 public art commissions.  His artwork has been featured in more than 475 exhibitions throughout the United States and abroad.

 

Cole’s artwork is included in more than 3600 public, private and corporate collections throughout the United States. Public collections include the new National Museum of African American History and Culture at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC, The Brooks Museum, Memphis TN, The Georgia Museum, Athens, GA,  High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA.; William Jefferson Clinton Library, Little Rock, Ark.; Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, Ark.; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.; The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, La.; The David C Driskell Center University of Maryland at College Park; Dayton Institute of Art, Dayton, Ohio; Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, Philadelphia, Pa.; The Georgia Museum of Contemporary Art, Atlanta, Ga.; Corcoran Museum in Washington, D.C. and the Tampa Museum in Tampa, Fla. Corporate collections include Bank of America, Charlotte, N.C.; IBM, N.Y. and King and Spaulding Law Firm, Atlanta, Ga.

 

Private collectors include Michael Jordan, formerly of the Chicago Bulls; Dallas Austin, Film & Records Producer; Brad Sellers, formerly of the Chicago Bulls,  Darrell Walker, former NBA player and  head coach, and Elliott Perry former NBA player. Cole has also created more than 45 public art works, including the Coca-Cola Centennial Olympic Mural for the 1996 Olympic Games.  Mr. Cole just completed on a 20’x55’x16” installation for Hartsfield Jackson International Airport in Atlanta, GA. His art work entitled “When my scars are my testimony” is featured in the 2019 Atlanta, Biannual at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center.

 

His artwork has been featured in more than 200 publications, recently The Guardian Magazine in Paris, France in Scholastic Art with Dale Chihuly as well as The Washington Post, Sculpture Magazine, The Union Tribune in San Diego, Calif., and The Atlanta Journal Constitution, Atlanta, Ga. Cole and his artwork has also appeared on the NBA Inside Stuff., Ill. Cole is also an Art Consultant for the College Board in New York.  Mr. Cole has been a member of Afri-COBRA since 2003.

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