Mary Jo Bole Columbus, Ohio
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. The Greater Columbus Arts Council published a set of catalogues by artists who were recipients of the Dresden Germany Exchange—Bole is part of the set. 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 NEA grant through Randolph Street Gallery, Chicago. Mary Jo Bole has lectured widely throughout the US. She was faculty in the Department of Art, The Ohio State university, from 1992–2011.