Mary Jo Bole Columbus, Ohio
Mary Jo Bole's sculptural materials tend to be geologic in origin, and she works in drawing and book arts as well. Her sculpture tends to be funereal in content, shaped by her lineage experienced in the urban decay of her hometown of Cleveland. Recent exhibitions with catalogues available include Of Other Spaces curated by James Voorhies at Columbus College of Art and Design and a solo exhibition, Dear Little Twist of Fate, at the Aronoff Center Weston Art Gallery, Cincinnati. She is also represented in the Greater Columbus Arts Council’s set of catalogues by artists who were recipients of the residences in Dresden, Germany. She has exhibited in the United States, Russia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, and Germany and has lectured extensively about her work and the numerous artist residencies she has attended and organized. Bole's many grants include six Ohio Arts Council grants, an Andy Warhol Foundation grant (through Women's Studio Workshop), a Greater Columbus Arts Council grant, and an National Endowment for the Arts grant through Randolph Street Gallery, Chicago. She was on the faculty in the Department of Art at The Ohio State University, from 1992 to 2011.