Willie Cole


3 Beauties chosen as “Common Work of Art’ at KU

Three of Willie Cole’s prints from the Beauties series he made with Highpoint Editions in 2012 have been chosen as the University of Kansas’ Common Work of Art for the 2016-2017 academic year.

“The Common Work of Art contributes to different modes and perspectives for students to engage more fully in the ideas generated by the Common Book through courses and co-curricular programming,” said Howard Graham, associate director for academic programs.

These three intaglio & relief prints—“Calpurnia,” “Bertha Mae” and “Lula Bell”—will accompany KU’s Common Book, “Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates.

To see more of Willie Cole’s prints, click here.

To read more about KU’s Common Book and Work of Art 2016-2017 program, click here.

Willie Cole (b. 1955) earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts in New York. He also studied at the Art Students League of New York and at Boston University’s School of Fine Arts. A native of New Jersey, the artist lives and works in his home state.

Willie Cole’s work has been acquired and exhibited by many stellar institutions, including:
The Museum of Modern Art, NY; The Metropolitan Museum of Art; the Whitney Museum of American Art; MCA Chicago; the National Gallery of Art; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; Cleveland Art Museum; Walker Art Center; The Minneapolis Institute of Arts and numerous others.

More information can also be found on the artist’s website: