Kevin Cole: Straight From the Soul to Open at Arts & Science Center and UAPB

Dr. Lenore Shoults | Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas

Nationally renowned artist, Kevin Cole, returns to his hometown of Pine Bluff with a retrospective of twenty five years of art. Straight From the Soul is a selection of thirty works from 1986 to 2012. Early works will be on exhibition at The Arts & Science Center and his later, sculptures, will be shown in the Leedell Moorehead-Graham Fine Arts Gallery at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Hathaway-Howard Fine Arts Center.

The exhibition registers Cole’s creative union of message and form, color and design, and showcases his aptitude for drawing, painting, printmaking, and sculptural assemblage. In addition to his artistic mastery Cole agitates, commemorates, and harmonizes through and with art as exemplified in Signs of the Times (1986), For the Sistas Who Carry the Burden for Other Sistas (1997), and Do Lord Remember Me (2010). His work is in corporate and private collections as well as museum collections that include the Smithsonian Museum of Art, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and the Georgia Museum of Contemporary Art. The exhibition includes a piece from the latter’s permanent collection.

Also acclaimed as an art educator, Kevin Cole has received 27 fellowships and 39 teaching awards. He earned his BS in art education from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, his MA in art education and painting from the University of Illinois, and his MFA in drawing from Northern Illinois University.

Kevin will be signing his recently published book, Kevin Cole Straights From the Soul, and giving a gallery talk during the opening reception at The Arts & Science Center on October 11 from 5:00-7:00. On October 27, immediately following the UAPB Homecoming parade, a Meet-the-Artist will be held at The Center. The UAPB reception will be October 25 from 6:00-7:30 and a book signing will be at 2:00 on October 26. Kevin Cole’s work is available for sale at Hearne Fine Art in Little Rock and he will be signing his books from 5:00-8:00 on October 12 and there will be a Drink Mocha/Artist Talk on October 13 at 10:00 a.m.

Thanks to the generous sponsorship provided by Larry Cooper, Ralph Robinson & Son Funeral Home, and Thomas Groceries & Gifts Store, admission to the Cole exhibition at The Arts & Science Center is free. Their sponsorship will also provide arts education opportunities for youth in the region.

The center, located at 701 Main St. in Pine Bluff, is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 1-4 p.m. Saturday and is closed on Sunday. Support for the center is provided in part by the Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Hands-on science exhibits are offered through the Center’s partnership with Arkansas Discovery Network, a consortium of seven museums in Arkansas funded by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation. For more information, contact the center at (870) 536-3375, info@artssciencecenter.org or visit the website at www.artssciencecenter.org.

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