“When I turned 18 years old, my grandfather stressed the importance of voting by taking me to a tree where he was told that African-Americans were lynched by their neckties on their way to vote. The experience left a profound impression in my mind”

Multimedia artist Kevin Cole (b. 1960, Pine Bluff, AR) earned his M.F.A. (1984) in Drawing from Northern Illinois University, his M.A. (1983) from University of Illinois, and his B.S. (1982) in Art Education from the University of Arkansas. Cole has resided in Atlanta, GA, since 1985, where he has received numerous awards both as an artist and an educator. In his art, Cole creates abstracted references to neckties, inviting his audience to engage with their symbol of status, beauty, fashion, and the destruction of human life. His work can be found in over 3,600 private, public, and corporate collections, including the High Museum of Art (Atlanta, GA), the National Museum of African American History at the Smithsonian (Washington, DC), The Ogden Museum of Southern Art (New Orleans, LA), Tubman Museum (Macon, GA), and the Morris Museum (Augusta, GA).

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