American, born 1955, lives in Mine Hill, New Jersey
After studying for a year at Boston University’s School of Fine Arts, Willie Cole went on to earn his BFA from The School of Visual Arts, New York (1976). He continued his studies at The Art Students League of New York from 1976–1979. Cole’s work consistently draws on issues of African American identity, often through the use of found or domestic objects that imply larger social meaning after their manipulation and transformation by the artist. One-person exhibitions have been organized by the Bronx Museum of the Arts in New York (2001), the Miami Art Museum (2000), and the Museum of Modern Art, New York (1998). In 1995, Cole was honored with The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award.