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Cole Carothers
Milford, Ohio

pages 60-61

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I'm drawn to painting for its legacy of visual communication. I enjoy the history and tradition of painting,  painting materials, the process and challenge of creating images. I feel I'm part of this ongoing connection between artists (painters), visual phenomena and what it means to be alive.

Our world is so rich because we can see it through light, shadow, color, mass and volume (space). My work is predicated by what I experience. It has most to do with the moment and my relationship to it. I'm constantly thinking about what I see as I sit, stand, walk, drive etc. I respond to my surroundings visually and then conceptually.

When I look and see, I make innumerable associations that serve as a kind of evaluation of the context where I then might think, is this something I must paint? What triggers my response might be topography, dynamic scale, ephemeral aspects of nature such as color, light  or atmosphere. On the other hand, it could simply be the challenge of taking something ordinary and digging within it to discover what is extraordinary.


born: 1949, Cincinnati, Ohio


American University, MFA, 1978
Colorado College, BA, 1971

selected awards/honors

Second Prize, INPA 1 International Painting Annual, Manifest Gallery, 2011
Merit Prize, Cincinnati Arts Festival, 1994
Individual Artist Grant, Ohio Arts Council 1988,1985
NEA Regional Fellowship, Arts Midwest, 1986

selected publications

Kipp, Kathryn, Art Journey America Landscapes: 89 Painters Perspectives, North Light Books, 2012
Manifest Gallery, INPA 1 International Painting Annual,  Cincinnati, OH, , Manifest Press ,2011
Manifest Gallery, Tranquil Dream/The Silent Object,  Cincinnati, OH, , Manifest Press ,2006
Rothfuss, Joan, New American Paintings,  Wellesley, MA, , Open Studio Press ,2000

selected solo or two-person exhibits

Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati Everyday, 2013
Springfield Museum of Art, Springfield, OH, 2004
The Weston Art Gallery, Aronoff Center. Cincinnati, OH, 2003
Miami University Art Museum, Oxford, OH, 1996

selected group shows

American Embassy, "Art in Embassies Exhibition‰, Tunis, Tunisia, 2010
Southern Ohio Museum, "Rooms with a View", Portsmouth, OH, 2005
Butler Institute of American Art, "69th National Midyear Exhibition‰, Youngstown, OH, 2005
J. Rosenthal Fine Arts, "Landscape", Chicago, 1990





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