Jim Cole received a Master’s of
Fine Arts in sculpture from Cornell University, a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in
sculpture from the Minneapolis School of Art and an Associate degree in engineering
from Pennsylvania State University. He taught Sculpture at Cornell University
and has been a member of the Department of Furniture Design at Rhode Island
School of Design since 1997.
Jim’s work bridges the
gap between sculpture and furniture and is in the permanent collections of many
prestigious museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Virginia
Museum of Fine Art, the American Craft Museum and the Arkansas Art Center. His
work is also in many public collections some of which include: The General
Mills Corporation, Gellert and Cutler, P.C., and Northern Duchess Hospital.
His professional activities have included numerous solo and group exhibitions.
Perhaps his most notable showing was in the Modern Metal Works exhibition at the
Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1993-1994. Jim is regularly represented at both
S.O.F.A., New York and has been included in Art Basel/Miami since 2007. In 2006, Jim completed a commission for
the University of Florida, Gainesville as a permanent installation in the
courtyard of the Legal Information Center of the Law School at the University.
In 2009 he was awarded a commission by the State of Vermont to construct an
installation of outdoor seating and sculpture for the Vermont Archives. In the summer of 2011, Jim executed a commission for the Brattleboro
Museum & Art Center, Brattleboro, VT. The work is a stainless steel
table and seating elements permanently located in the newly created
Freed/Rubenstein Memorial Garden. A dedication took place in August
2011. He has
served as a Juror for the Saltonstall Foundation, and received grants from
Artist Space, The Community Foundation in Vermont, and The Elizabeth Foundation
- BFA, Minneapolis College of Art and Design
- MFA, Cornell University
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