Born: in Somerville, NJ
BFA, The School of Visual Arts, New York, NY
1976 – 1979
The Art Students League, New York, NY
The Penny McCall Foundation Grant, New York, NY
The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant, New York, NY
Joan Mitchell Foundation Award, New York, NY
Artist-in-residence, John Michael Kohler Arts Center Arts/Industry Program, Sheboygan, WI
The Augustus Saint-Gaudens Memorial Fellowship, Boson, MA
David C. Driskell Prize, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
Lives and works in Mine Hill, NJ


Willie Cole, Alexander and Bonin, New York, NY (solo)
Digging Deeper, in collaboration with Hank Willis Thomas, The Amistad Center for Art & Culture, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT (solo)
Whaddaya Wanna Be, a Flower?!, Alexander and Bonin, New York, NY
Re-Addressing Identities: Clothing as Sculpture, Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, NY
2008 – 2009
Second Lives: Remixing the Ordinary, Museum of Arts & Design, New York, NY
2006 – 2008
Anxious Objects: Willie Cole’s Favorite Brands, Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ; Sheldon Memorial Art Museum, Lincoln, NE; Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY; Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL; Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA; Stanford University, Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts, Stanfford, CA (solo)
Nature/Culture: Artists Respond to Their Environment, Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, PA; Morris Museum, Morristown, NJ; Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus, OH
Living Room, Finesilver Gallery, Houston, TX (solo)
Willie Cole: Sole to Soul, Alexander and Bonin, New York, NY (solo)
Paper Trail: African American Art on Paper, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
Intersections: Shifting Identity in Contemporary Art, J.M. Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI
2004 – 2006
AFTERBURN, Willie Cole: selected works 1997 - 2004, University of Wyoming Art Museum, Laramie, WY; California African-American Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita, KS; Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA; University of Kentucky Art Museum, Lexington, KY; Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY (solo)
Willie Cole: Sources & Metamorphoses, Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, FL (solo)
The Superfly Effect, Jersey City Museum, Jersey City, NJ
Domestic Odyssey, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA
Undomesticated Interiors: Photographing Undomesticated Interiors, Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, MA
Celebrating Sculpture: Modern and Contemporary Works from Dallas Collections, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX
Willie Cole: Before and After, Alexander and Bonin, New York, NY (solo)
Willie Cole: The Elegba Principle, The Richard A. and Rissa W. Grossman Gallery, Lafayette College, Easton, PA (solo)
SCULPTURE, Alexander and Bonin, New York, NY
Imagine, You Are Standing Here in Front Of Me., Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Shadows and Silhouettes: The Dangerous Faces of Willie Cole and Juan Logan, Memphis College of Art, Memphis, TN
The Culture of Violence, University Gallery, Fine Arts Center, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA; Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, MA
Game Show: Installations and Sculptures by Willie Cole, Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY (solo)
Everything and Anything, Wave Hill, Bronx, NY
Burn: Artists Play With Fire, Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL; Colombia Museum of Art, Colombia, SC
Willie Cole: new work, Alexander and Bonin, New York, NY (solo)
New Work: Willie Cole, At the Crossroads, Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL (solo)
5th Biennale de Lyon, Lyon, France; Strength and Diversity: A Celebration of African American Artists, Carpenter Center, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Beyond the Frame: Willie Cole and Renée Stout, Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville, TN
Willie Cole – Iron Works, The Avram Gallery, Southampton College, Long Island University, New York, NY (solo)
1999 Drawings, Alexander and Bonin, New York, NY
Perspectives 1: Willie Cole, Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL (solo)
New Concepts in Printmaking 2: Willie Cole, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY (solo)
Paper +, Dieu Donné Papermill, New York, NY
Photographs, Alexander and Bonin, New York, NY
New Sculpture, Alexander and Bonin, New York, NY; Galerie Almine Rech, Paris, France (solo)
Biennial Exhibition for Public Art, Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY
Performance Anxiety, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL; Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA; SITE Sante Fe, Santa Fe, NM
Subversive Domesticity, Edwin A. Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita State University, Wichita, KS
Thinking Print: Books to Billboards 1980-95, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Video Sans Titre, Galerie Froment & Putman, Paris, France
Our Daily Bread, The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, PA (solo)
Willie Cole: Iconic Structures l990 -l995, Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA; Center for Research in Contemporary Art, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX (solo)
5 to 10: Willie Cole in Collaboration with the Fabric Workshop, The Fabric Workshop, Philadelphia, PA (solo)
The Elegba Principle, Capp Street Project, San Francisco, CA (solo)
Archaeological Urban Dada, Whitney Museum of American Art at Champion, Stamford, CT
Prison Sentences: The Prison as Site/The Prison as Subject, Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia, PA
Labor of Love, presented by The Contemporary at The Baltimore Museum of Industry, Baltimore, MD; Brooke Alexander, New York, NY (solo)
Promising Suspects, Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT
Guys Who Sew, University Art Museum, University of California at Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA
Old Glory: The American Flag in Contemporary Art, The Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art, Cleveland, OH
Residue, Peter Miller Gallery, Chicago, IL (solo)
Fall From Fashion, The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT
Sculptures & Multiples, Brooke Alexander, New York, NY
Currents 51: Willie Cole, The Saint Louis Art Museum, St Louis, MO (solo)
See No Evil, The Newark Museum, Newark, NJ; Brooke Alexander, New York, NY (solo)
Dream Singers, Story Tellers: An African American Presence, New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, NJ; The Tokushima Modern Art Museum, Tokushima, Japan; Otani Memorial Art Museum; Fukui Fine Arts Museum, Fukui City, Japan
Household Gods and Domestic Demons, Peter Miller Gallery, Chicago, IL (solo)
Willie Cole: From Our House to Your House, Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, NC (solo)
Drawings, Brooke Alexander, New York, NY
Special Projects, Institute for Contemporary Arts, P.S. 1, Long Island City, NY (solo)
Social Studies, 4 + 4 Young Americans, Allen Memorial Gallery, Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH
International Sculptors '90, Indoor/Outdoor, Washington, DC
Suggestive Objects, Art in General, New York, NY
Artists-in-Residence, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY
Selections from the Artists File, Artists Space, New York, NY
Art Junction International, Palais des Exposition, Nice, France
Ten Thousand Mandalas, Franklin Furnace, New York, NY
Dog Days of August, Littlejohn-Smith Gallery, New York, NY