About the Artist

Screen Shot 2016-07-22 at 2.29.16 PMIrish American painter Patricia Leitch Cole was born in Ireland and grew up outside Chicago in Indiana.  Cole received a BFA in painting from Indiana University and a MFA in painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art where she taught drawing and also served as interim director of the Decker Gallery.  At Indiana , Cole worked under Robert Barnes and Barry Gealt.  At MICA Cole studied with Gretna Campbell and was graduate assistant to Campbell in painting.

After a year of travel and study in France, Cole established a studio in Bloomington Indiana, which continues to be home.  Cole has received numerous awards and residencies including Visiting Artist at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa, L’Ecole des Beaux Arts, Aix en Provence, France and Antioch College, Yellow Springs, Ohio.  Cole is the recipient of the Andrew Carnegie Prize for Painting at the National Academy of Design, 2000, Individual Artist Grant, and Artist’s Development Grant from the Indiana Arts Commission

Cole has exhibited widely in group and solo shows:  Grunewald Gallery, Indiana University; University of Johannesburg, South Africa; Indianapolis Museum of Art; Baltimore Museum of Art; Art on Paper 1 – 7, Toyota Municipal Art Museum, Japan; Indiana State Museum; Antioch College, Yellow Springs, Ohio; Fell Gallery, Bloomington, IN; Blue Mountain Invitational / Painting, among others.