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Interview Date

January 15, 2007

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

Interview Date

January 15, 2007

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 professor 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 he 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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