Carol Cole

Contact Information

Phone: 610-664-2825

PO Box 164 Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004

Please contact artist for purchases, commissions, etc.

Mixed Media/Sculpture & 3d

Artist's Statement

I am inspired by the works of anonymous tribal artists and architects whose archetypal forms and symbols speak a universal language, crossing barriers of time and culture. In my work, I aim for the same universality by making multicultural references and seeing beauty in unexpected places. I use what will become the relics of our time-–found manufactured objects--and transform them into elegant iconic sculptures. The work is object-inspired, the form and content of each piece is dictated by the found objects used.

I have been making “green” art since before there was a name for it.
I see beauty where others see trash.
I am a beachcomber, not only at the shore but on city streets.
I walk with my eyes down and find treasures everywhere.
I shop for art materials in junk yards.
I am a gatherer, not a hunter.
I don’t know what I am looking for until I see it.
I don’t know what I am making until it is finished.
My sculptures want to be touched as well as seen.
My favorite color is rust

Selected Exhibitions

Objects and Elements: Sculpture by Carol Cole, Villanova University Art Gallery, Villanova, PA

Lost and Found: Sculpture by Carol Cole, Crawford Gallery, Episcopal Academy, Newtown Square, PA

Carol Cole Sculpture, Casa Papel, Philadelphia, PA

Transformations: Carol Cole Sculpture, Longyear Museum of Anthropology, Colgate University, Hamilton, NY

Carol Cole: Green Art, Eureka Crafts Gallery, Syracuse, NY

Connections/Reflections, Gotthelf Gallery, La Jolla, CA

Artful Recycling, Eureka Crafts Gallery, Syracuse, NY

Transformations, Levering Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

If Walls Could Talk, Dupree Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Upcycling, GoggleWorks Center for the Arts, Reading, PA

Finders Keepers, Art Trust Gallery, West Chester, PA

FiberNext, Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, DE

Archives Alchemy, National Archives of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

Lost and Found-Philadelphia Dumpster Divers, West Chester University Gallery, West Chester, PA

Paper Sojourn, Mountgomery County Community College, Pottstown, PA.

Papyrus, The Art Trust, West Chester, PA

Upcycling: Trash to Treasure, Fireside Gallery, MLUC, Devon, PA

From the Vat, Markheim Art Center, Haddonfield, NJ

Meta-Fiber2012, Art in City Hall, Philadelphia, PA

Paper Fortress, Pterodactyl Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

The Chair Show, Salon Des Amis, Yellow Springs, PA

Re-Cycle/Re-Imagine, Delaware Center for Horticulture Gallery, Wilmington, DE
Best in Show Award

Touch: Beyond Sight, Noyes Museum of Art, Oceanville, NJ

Raw Beauty: An Exhibition of Sculpture, Robeson Center for the Arts, Princeton, NJ

Uncommon Threads: The Fiber Show, Artworks Gallery, Trenton, NJ

The Journey: Philadelphia Sculptors, Gallery 543 at URBN, Philadelphia, PA

Find, Inspire, Create, Crawford Art Gallery, Episcopal Academy, Newtown Square, PA

From Ordinary to Extraordinary: the Art of Being Green, Susquehanna Art Museum, VanGo! Traveling Museum, Harrisburg, PA

C3: Create, Connect, Collect, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA

Following the Line, Art in City Hall, Philadelphia, PA

Handprint Identity Project: Artists and Poets, West Chester University, West Chester, PA

Paper Awareness, Perkins Center for the Arts, Collingswood, NJ

Going Green, Noyes Museum of Art, Hammonton, NJ

Over the Bridge, Third Street Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Sculpture On and Off the Wall, Hess Gallery, Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, PA

TransFORMation, Hicks Art Center Gallery, Bucks County Community College, Newtown, PA

Resurrect: The Art of the Reclaimed Object, Mesa Contemporary Arts, Phoenix, AZ

Ecologically Correct, Outsider Folk Art Gallery, Reading, PA

All Women All Media, Widener University Art Gallery, Chester, PA

A Little on the Trashy Side, Elkton Arts Center, Elkton, MD

Recycling is AMAZING!, Please Touch Museum, Philadelphia, PA

State of the Garden: Art of the Dumpster Divers, Noyes Museum of Art, Hammonton, NJ

Speaking Volumes: Transforming Hate, Holter Museum of Art, Helena, MT

Woven Together: 12 Fiber Artists, Stonewall Gallery, Cambridge Springs, PA

Handprint Identity Project: Artists and Poets, Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, PA

The Green Exhibition, Art in City Hall, Philadelphia, PA

Philadelphia Sculptors, McKinney Gallery, West Chester University, West Chester, PA

Touch, Da Vinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA

2007 - 2009
Pulp Function, National Traveling Exhibition
Curator: Lloyd Herman and the Fuller Craft Museum

Fiber Art, Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus, OH

Paper Cuts: The Art of Contemporary Paper, Traveling Exhibition

Art Tells a Story: The Narrative in Art, Susquehanna Art Museum, Harrisburg, PA

Green Alchemy, The Perkins Center for the Arts, Collingswood, NJ

Implements Implications, SCEE Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Woven-Twisted-Twined: Redefining Fiber, Gallery DePaul, Lancaster, PA

Fiber Feast, The Fiber Center, Amherst, MA

Dumpster Divers: Secret Garden of a Fertile Mind, Journey Home Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Motherhood: the Myth, the Magic & the Madness, Crafts for Living Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Women of Culture, Art on the Avenue Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Between Dimensions, Projects Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Re: Form, The Figure in Found Objects, Crafts for Living Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Paper Guild, Payne Gallery, Moravian College, Bethlehem, PA

Gallery in the Garden, Hawk Mountain, PA

Art of the State, State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, PA

A Papered Approach, The Hyder Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Rearranged/Redefined:Domestic Objects Reconsidered, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA

Fabulous Fibers, Lincoln Center Galleries, Fort Collins, CO

Crafts National, Lancaster Museum of Art, Lancaster, PA

Artifacts, Tres Studio Gallery, San Diego, CA

Not for Your Eyes Only, Borowsky Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Paper in the Millennium, American Museum of Papermaking, Atlanta, GA

Art of the State: Pennsylvania 2000, State Museum of PA, Harrisburg, PA

Focus on Fibers, Art in City Hall, Philadelphia, PA

Five Sculptors, Gallery Siano, Philadelphia, PA

Philadelphia Sculptors, Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ

Paper/Fiber National XVII, The Arts Center, Iowa City, IA

Artist's Bibliography

Donohoe, Victoria, “Sculptures from Everyday Objects,” Philadelphia Inquirer, p. W32, May 11, 2012

Crimmins, Peter, “Philadelphia Artists Celebrate the Railroad Building They Call Home,”, May 1, 2012

“Carol Cole’s Iconic Sculptures at Villanova University Art Gallery,” City Suburban News, p. 10, April 11-17, 2012

Skinner, Tina, editor “Carol Cole,” Found Object Art 2, pp. 56-57, Schiffer Books, 2009

Lomuto, Susan, “Carol Cole: Paper Pulp and Mixed Media,” Daily Art Muse, October 20, 2010

Lorenz, Carol Ann, “Transformation: Carol Cole Sculpture,” Colgate University Longyear Museum, 2008

Rhodes, Nancy Keefe, "Home to Eureka! Carol Cole Creates ‘Green’ Work,” Syracuse City Eagle, p. 14, March 6, 2008

"Gutenberg Never Thought About Using Paper Like She Does,” The La Jolla Light, pp.18-19, December 29, 2005

“Inside the Artist’s Studio,” Philadelphia Style, pp. 60-62, 2005

"Philly Opens Studio Doors,” American Style, p. 40, 2005

"Debris d’Art,” American Style, pp. 76-82, August 2005

“Making a Living Using Found Objects: An Interview with Carol Cole,” The Crafts Report, p. 22, 2002

"Mentoring: A Different Way of Artistic and Career Growth,” Art Calendar, pp. 7-8, 2002

Hall, Mary Ann, “Paper Crafts Gallery: Carol Cole,” PaperHouse, Rockport Press, 2002

“Trash Talker: Eureka Exhibit showcases Carol Cole,” Syracuse New Times, September 1999

Professional Experience

The Please Touch Museum, Philadelphia, PA
Designed and coordinated a month-long artist residency for 8 artists working with children to construct a sculptural installation for the museum gallery

Workshop Presenter “TOUCH, An Art Experience for the Senses” New York City Museum Educators Roundtable, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

1992 - 2009
Faculty, Art Instructor, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA

2002 and 2008
Artist/Mentor in-residence, La Jolla Country Day School, La Jolla, CA

Keynote speaker "Friends of the Gallery Annual Banquet" in conjunction with Paper Cuts Exhibit, Utah University Museum, Salt Lake City, UT

Art Futures Artist Residency, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
Created a permanent installation with art students from William Penn High School

Instructor, Workshops "Touch, the Forgotten Sense in Art," Noyes Museum, Oceanville, NJ

1998 - 2002
Instructor, Adult Papermaking Classes and Workshops, Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, DE

1995 - 2003
Instructor, Paper Sculpture and Creativity Workshops, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Instructor, Cast Paper Sculpture workshop, Rittenhousetown Papermill, Philadelphia, PA

Professional Affiliations

Philadelphia Dumpster Divers
Guild of Papermakers

Exhibitions Curated

FiberNext, Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, DE
A show of twelve innovative fiber artists from the mid-Atlantic region.

The View From 915, Center For Architecture Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
A show of the works of 40 artists depicting views from their studios at the 915 Spring Garden Artists Building done over the past 30 years.


Garden State Discovery Museum, Cherry Hill, NJ
Lower Merion Township Environmental Advisory Council
Congregation Beth Am Israel, Penn Valley, PA
La Jolla Country Day School, La Jolla, CA
The Silverside Church, Wilmington, DE
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA


Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia, PA
Ricklin’s Hardware, Narberth PA
Communications Test Design, Inc., West Chester, PA
Communications Equity Associates, Berwyn, PA
Isdaner & Company, Certified Public Accountants, Bala Cynwyd, PA,
Voorhees Pediatric Facility, Voorhees, NJ
Imasco Holdings, Inc., New York
Educational Testing Service, Washington, DC
Market Dimensions, Inc., Media, PA
Communications Equity Associates, Berwyn, PA
Career Blazers, King of Prussia, PA

Philadelphia, PA
Haddonfield, NJ
Livingston, NJ


Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY

Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA

Continuing Education
2009 and 2000-2002
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Barnes Foundation Seminar: Advanced Theoretical and Critical Studies

1991 - 1992
University of the Arts Papermaking Institute, Philadelphia, PA