David C. Driskell Center


Willie Cole: On Site

Thursday, September 22 - Friday, November 18, 2016




Born in 1955, Willie Cole is a lifelong resident of New Jersey. He attended the Boston University School of Fine Arts, received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the School of Visual Arts in New York in 1976, and continued his studies at the Art Students League of New York from 1976-79. In 1988 he began assembling artifacts from America’s throwaway culture into iconic artworks. Willie Cole is the 2006 winner of the Driskell Prize, the first national award to honor and celebrate contributions to the field of African American art and art history, given annually by High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA. Willie Cole’s work is featured in major collections around the country, including the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art, NY; the Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA; and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. His work has been the subject of several one-person museum exhibitions, including the Montclair Art Museum (2006), NJ; the Tampa Museum of Art (2004) and the Miami Art Museum (2001), FL; and the Museum of Modern Art, NY (1998).