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Jane F. Huber
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Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University

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Willie Cole

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Jennifer L. Roberts

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Cole Rogers

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> BIOGRAPHIES


Willie Cole

Willie Cole is a world-renowned sculptor and printmaker best known for his transformative assemblies of such household objects as steam irons, shoes, and hair dryers. He describes himself as a “contemporary artist, perceptual engineer, ecological mechanic, transformer,” and his work releases the complex histories at the intersection of African American experience, consumer culture, domestic labor, and rituals of bodily transformation. Cole studied at the Boston University College of Fine Arts, the School of Visual Arts, in New York, and the Art Students League of New York. His honors include the David C. Driskell Prize, the Saint-Gaudens Fellowship, a Joan Mitchell Foundation grant, and an artist residency at the Studio Museum in Harlem. His work has been exhibited and collected by institutions around the world, including the Birmingham Museum of Art, the British Museum, the Miami Art Museum (now the Pérez Art Museum Miami), the Museum of Modern Art, the Newark Museum, and the Saint Louis Art Museum. He lives and works in Mine Hill, New Jersey.

Jennifer L. Roberts

Jennifer L. Roberts is the Elizabeth Cary Agassiz Professor of the Humanities and the Johnson-Kulukundis Family Faculty Director of the Arts at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. She is an art historian with particular interests in print history, the theory and practice of making, and the history and philosophy of science. She is the author of numerous books and articles spanning American art from the 1760s to the present and is a founder, along with Ethan Lasser of the Harvard Art Museums, of the Minding Making project, which aims to develop rigorous methods of incorporating technical and artisanal knowledge into the historical and interpretive disciplines.

Cole Rogers

Cole Rogers is artistic director, master printer, and cofounder of Highpoint Center for Printmaking. Along with guiding Highpoint’s strategic artistic vision, he works directly with resident and visiting artists to ensure their own artistic visions are achieved in the form of fine prints. Rogers is responsible for oversight of Highpoint’s curatorial committee, scouts and nurtures new talent for Highpoint Editions’ Visiting Artist Program, oversees the Highpoint Printshop Cooperative, and cultivates collectors. His duties as artistic director also include monitoring and managing organizational budgets, as well as oversight of all artistic programming at Highpoint. Rogers interfaces with the greater community as artistic spokesperson for the organization, a role that includes public speaking engagements and service on grants panels and exhibition juries. Print publications of Highpoint Editions created in collaboration with Rogers are represented in the permanent collections of the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Cleveland Art Museum, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Studio Museum of Harlem, Harvard Art Museums, LA Hammer Museum, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Milwaukee Museum of Art, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Museum of Modern Art, and the Walker Art Center. The work is also part of numerous corporate and private collections across the United States and abroad.

Before cofounding Highpoint in 2001, Rogers was print shop director and printmaking coordinator at Minneapolis College of Art and Design from 1995 to 2000, where he taught, shaped curriculum, and worked to advocate for the art of printmaking. He earned his BFA in printmaking from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, an MFA in printmaking from Ohio State University, and a master printer certificate from Tamarind Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico. 

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 Willie Cole, Five Beauties Rising, 2012, intaglio and relief on paper, each 63.5 x 22.5 in. Photo courtesy of Willie ColeWillie Cole, Five Beauties Rising, 2012, intaglio and relief on paper, each 63.5 x 22.5 in. Photo courtesy of Willie Cole Willy Mae (detail), 2012, intaglio and relief on paper, 63.5 x 22.5 in. Photo by Jennifer L. RobertsWilly Mae (detail), 2012, intaglio and relief on paper, 63.5 x 22.5 in. Photo by Jennifer L. Roberts
 Jonny Mae (detail), 2012, intaglio and relief on paper, 63.5 x 22.5 in. Photo by Jennifer L. RobertsJonny Mae (detail), 2012, intaglio and relief on paper, 63.5 x 22.5 in. Photo by Jennifer L. Roberts Flattened ironing boards from which the prints were made. Photo by Jennifer L. RobertsFlattened ironing boards from which the prints were made. Photo by Jennifer L. Roberts
 The flattened ironing board from which Queen was printed. Photo by Jennifer L. RobertsThe flattened ironing board from which Queen was printed. Photo by Jennifer L. Roberts Queen, 2012, intaglio and relief on paper, 63.5 x 22.5 in. Photo by Jennifer L. RobertsQueen, 2012, intaglio and relief on paper, 63.5 x 22.5 in. Photo by Jennifer L. Roberts
 Willie Cole with early proofs of the Beauties, Highpoint Editions, Minneapolis, 2012. Photo by Jennifer L. RobertsWillie Cole with early proofs of the Beauties, Highpoint Editions, Minneapolis, 2012. Photo by Jennifer L. Roberts