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Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Mixed Media Artist
Art Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Brown
Favorite Food:
Cabbage
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Forests, Water
Favorite Quote:
There's No Limit Of What A Man Can Do And Where He Can Go If It Doesn't Matter Who Gets The Credit. You Learn Through The Process Of Doing.

Birthplace

Born:
1/19/1960
Birth Location:
Pine Bluff, Arkansas

Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Mixed Media Artist
Art Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Brown
Favorite Food:
Cabbage
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Forests, Water
Favorite Quote:
There's No Limit Of What A Man Can Do And Where He Can Go If It Doesn't Matter Who Gets The Credit. You Learn Through The Process Of Doing.

Birthplace

Born:
1/19/1960
Birth Location:
Pine Bluff
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Biography

Art professor and mixed media artist Kevin E. Cole was born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas on January 19, 1960 to Jessie and Sam Cole, Jr. He received his B.S. degree in art education from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff in 1982; his M.A. degree in art education a year later, and his M.F.A degree in drawing from Northern Illinois University in 1984.

Cole began his art career as an art teacher at Camp Creek Middle School in College Park, Georgia in 1985. At the same time, he also became an adjunct oprofessor at Georgia State University’s School of Art and Design where he remained until 1998. In 1990, Cole was chairperson of the visual and performing arts magnet program of Tri-Cities High School in East Point, Georgia until 1994. Later, in 2003, he became the chairman of the Fine Arts Department at Westlake High School where created the school's first arts program. Cole’s artwork is well known for including imagery of neckties as symbols of power and emphasizes the relationship between color and music, particularly jazz, blues, hip-hop, and gospel. He incorporates patterns and textures from traditional African cloths to speak to human conditions and behaviors.

In 1994, Cole was commissioned by the Coca-Cola Company to create a fifteen story mural celebrating the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia. The mural took two years to create and was a little over 800 square feet. He has been featured in Who’s Who in Education and received the Award of Excellence for Public Art by the Atlanta Urban Design Commission.

Cole was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on January 15, 2007.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Kevin Cole's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Kevin Cole lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Kevin Cole describes his paternal grandfather, Sam Cole, Sr.
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Kevin Cole describes his maternal grandmother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Kevin Cole describes his father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Kevin Cole talks about his father's education and military career
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Sam Cole describes his mother's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Kevin Cole describes his mother's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Kevin Cole describes lessons from his mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Sam Cole describes how his mother and father met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Kevin Cole lists his siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Kevin Cole talks about growing up in Pine Bluff, Arkansas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Sam Cole describes Pine Bluff, Arkansas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Sam Cole talks about his daily life as a child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Sam Cole describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Sam Cole describes his experience at Indiana Street Elementary School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Sam Cole remembers discovering his talent for art
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Kevin Cole describes his experience at the integrated Belair Middle School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Kevin Cole describes his parents' political views
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Kevin Cole describes his education at Belair Middle School in Pine Bluff
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Kevin Cole describes growing up on the east side of Pine Bluff, Arkansas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Kevin Cole remembers Southeast Junior High School in Pine Bluff
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Kevin Cole describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Kevin Cole remembers his early mentors
  • Tape: 2 Story: 13 - Kevin Cole describes his experience at Pine Bluff High School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 14 - Kevin Cole recalls his mentors at University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
  • Tape: 2 Story: 15 - Kevin Cole talks about his artistic mentors' awards
  • Tape: 2 Story: 16 - Kevin Cole describes how his artwork developed in college
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Kevin Cole lists his art professors at University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Kevin Cole describes his experience pledging Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Kevin Cole talks about Halima Taha's book
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Kevin Cole recalls racial discrimination at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Kevin Cole describes his artistic process at graduate school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Kevin Cole describes pursuing his Master of Fine Arts degree [MFA]
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Kevin Cole talks about his experience as an African American artist
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Kevin Cole talks about racial discrimination in the art world
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Kevin Cole talks about his student, Kara Walker
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Kevin Cole talks about artists he admires
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Kevin Cole remember his early teaching career
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Kevin Cole recalls his commission to create a mural at Atlanta City Hall
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Kevin Cole describes the visual performing arts magnet program at Tri-Cities High School
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Kevin Cole talks about his art made from bent wood
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Kevin Cole recalls being commissioned for the 1996 Summer Olympics
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Kevin Cole talks about collaborating on the 1996 Summer Olympics mural
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Kevin Cole describes his career after painting the 1996 Summer Olympics mural
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Kevin Cole talks about his future career plans
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Kevin Cole talks about other artists that he admires
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Kevin Cole describes the subjects of his recent work
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Kevin Cole shares a message for future generations
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Kevin Cole describes his concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Kevin Cole talks about the importance of art education
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Kevin Cole describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Kevin Cole lists some of the proprietors of his art
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Kevin Cole talks about his children, Skylar Cole and Nia Cole
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Kevin Cole narrates his photographs