Willie Cole

Sculptor, printmaker, and conceptual artist Willie Cole was born in Newark, NJ. He earned a BFA from the School of Visual Arts, New York City. Cole’s work has been exhibited at institutions including Highpoint Editions, Minneapolis; Alexander and Bonin, New York City; Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; and the Tamarind Institute, Albuquerque. His work is in the collections of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Rochester, NY; American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York City; High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA; the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia; and Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT. He has received numerous awards, including the David C. Driskell Prize in 2006. His work uses contexts of postmodern eclecticism and combines references and appropriation from African and African American imagery. He also has used Dadaist readymades; Surrealist transformation of everyday objects including irons, high-heeled shoes, hairdryers, bicycle parts, and discarded plastic water bottles; icons of American pop culture; and African and Asian masks.

Artist Info


January 3 1955

Newark, NJ






African American