Mary Jo Bole
Mary Jo Bole (born March 1, 1956 in Cleveland, Ohio), is a sculptor, printmaker, and artist-bookmaker who lives and works in Columbus, Ohio. Bole is a widely exhibited artist who has shown her works in the United States and Europe. She was a professor of art at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.
Mary Jo Bole’s artwork often draws its inspiration from places such as cemeteries, prisons, cities and common, everyday objects like bathroom toilets, wallpaper, and cemetery monuments.
She recently completed Combing Columbus: Photogenic Drawings for the Bicentennial, a book which was commissioned by “Finding Time: Columbus Public Art 2012” to commemorate the city’s heritage as part of its bicentennial celebration. “The book…contains dozens of [Bole’s] drawings and paintings…It’s a little like walking through a jumbled museum–you never know what you’re going to find.” Bole’s projects have received grants and commissions from such organizations as The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ohio Arts Council, the Greater Columbus Arts Council, and the Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito, California.
Bole’s artworks are in a number of collections including the Detroit Art Institute, Shiffler Collection, The Pushkin Museum in Moscow, the John Michael Kohler Arts Center (Sheboygan, Wisconsin), the National City Bank, and the Gustavsberg Factory Collection, Stockholm, as well as in several significant private collections.