Kevin Cole

Kevin Cole is an acclaimed artist and educator whose work has left a significant mark on the art world. With a career spanning over three decades, Cole’s contributions to art and education are both vast and impactful.

Kevin Cole holds a B.S. from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, an M.A. in Art Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana, and an M.F.A. from Northern Illinois University, where he was a Rhoden Smith Scholar. His educational background laid a strong foundation for his intricate and thought-provoking artwork.

Throughout his illustrious career, Cole has accumulated an impressive array of accolades:

  • 27 Grants and Fellowships: Recognizing his dedication and contribution to the art world.

  • 66 Awards in Art: Celebrating his creativity and influence.

  • 51 Teaching Awards: A testament to his commitment to nurturing future generations of artists.

Recent Honors

  • Proclamation from the City of South Fulton (February 1, 2022): Declaring February 1, 2022, as Kevin Cole Day.

  • 2020 Governor’s Award for the Arts and Humanities (Georgia): Honoring his exceptional artistic achievements.

  • 2019 Nexus Award (Atlanta Contemporary Art Center): Acknowledging his impact on the Atlanta art scene.

  • Art Aspiration Award (April 2020): From the National Society Incorporation for his dedication to students’ achievements.

  • 2020 Trail Blazer Award: From Salem Bible Church, Atlanta, GA.

  • Working Artist Fellowship (July 2021): From the Museum of Contemporary Art in Georgia.

Cole’s artwork has been showcased in more than 490 exhibitions globally and is part of over 4000 public, private, and corporate collections:

Public Collections

  • National Museum of African American History and Culture, Smithsonian Museum, Washington, D.C.

  • High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA

  • William Jefferson Clinton Library, Little Rock, AR

  • Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT

  • The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.

  • Numerous other prestigious institutions.

Corporate Collections

  • Bank of America, Charlotte, NC

  • IBM, New York, NY

  • King and Spaulding Law Firm, Atlanta, GA

Private Collectors

  • Michael Jordan

  • John and Monica Pearson, Atlanta, GA

Heaven is Always Near

Surrounded by Hopes & Dreams, 2017

Winning Against the Odds II