Born in Indianapolis, Caleb Cole is a former altar server, scout, and 4-H Grand Champion in Gift Wrapping. His mother instilled in him a love of garage sales and thrift stores, where he developed a fascination with the junk that people leave behind. Cole is a 2015 Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellow, 2013 Hearst 8x10 Biennial Winner, 3-time Magenta Foundation Flash Forward Winner, 2011 St. Botolph Club Foundation Emerging Artist Award winner, 2011 Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship Finalist, 2009 Artadia Award winner, and a 2009 Photolucida Critical Mass finalist. He exhibits regularly at a variety of national venues and has held solo shows in Boston, New York, Chicago, and St. Louis, among others. His work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Newport Art Museum, Brown University Art Museum and Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art. He is represented by Gallery Kayafas, Boston.
2008 New England School of Photography, Boston, MA
2003 Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
AWARDS AND RESIDENCIES
2016 Magenta Foundation Flash Forward Emerging Photographer (USA Selected Winner)
2015 Massachusetts Cultural Council 2015 Photography Fellow
2013 Magenta Foundation Flash Forward Emerging Photographer (USA Selected Winner)
2013 Hearst 8x10 Biennial Winner
2013 Vermont Studio Center Residency
2011 ACRE Residency
2011 St. Botolph Emerging Artist Grant
2011 Massachusetts Cultural Council 2011 Photography Finalist
2011 Somerville Arts Council Artist Fellowship Grant
2010 Magenta Foundation Flash Forward Emerging Photographer (USA Selected Winner)
2009 Artadia Awards Grant Winner
2009 Photolucida Critical Mass Top 50 Finalist
2009 Best of Show, Important Things exhibition
2008 International Photo Awards Honorable Mention (Fine Art-Other)
To Be Seen, Gallery Kayafas, Boston, MA
Forget Me Not, Newport Art Museum, Newport RI
Other People’s Clothes, Sanctuary Gallery, Medford, MA
(un)expected families, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
People Watching: Then and Now, Fitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg, MA
Expanded Visions: Fifty Years of Collecting, Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, New York, NY
Made Masculine, University of New Hampshire Museum of Art, Durham, NH
Be of Love and Other Stories, Newport Art Museum, Newport, RI
Speak, Object, Suffolk University, Boston, MA
Observance, Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA
Barry’s Shop, Zone 3, Brighton, MA
Griffin Museum Portfolio 2015, Gallery Kayafas, Boston, MA
Only From Maynard, ArtSpace, Maynard, MA
Nave 155, Nave Gallery, Somerville, MA
Symposium: Faculty Exhibit, Garner Center, New England School of Photography, Waltham, MA
Other People’s Clothes, Mayor’s Art Gallery, Boston City Hall, Boston, MA
Agency, Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO
The Art of Scandal: What Might Isabella Stewart Gardner Collect Today? Childs Gallery, Boston, MA
Fertile Solitude, Mills Gallery, Boston, MA
Double Visions, Duxbury Art Complex, Duxbury, MA
Out of the Blue: Explorations in Cyanotype, Gallery 136½, Manchester, CT
Humor Me, Visual Art Exchange, Raleigh, NC
Smaller than a Bread Box, Open Aperture Gallery, Newport, RI
Quicksand, New Art Center, Newton, MA
Language Product, Boston Arts Academy, Boston, MA
Clandestino, Naimo Gallery, Salem, MA
90th Annual International Competition (online), The Print Center, Philadelphia, PA
2016 Open Juried Exhibition, Vermont Center for Photography, Brattleboro, VT
Instantly Yours, Photographic Resource Center, Boston, MA
The Curated Fridge March/April with Curator Karen Haas, Somerville, MA
Griffin Museum Portfolio 2015, The Griffin Museum at Digital Silver Imaging, Belmont, MA
Griffin Museum Portfolio 2015, The Griffin Museum at the Cōlson Gallery, Easthampton, MA
On the Domestic Front: Scenes of Everyday Queer Life, Leslie-Lohman Museum, New York, NY
Makeover!, subsamson, Boston, MA
Revealing Identity, Concord Art Association, Concord, MA
Identity Shared, Southern New Hampshire State University, Manchester, NH
In Sight, Roberts Gallery, Lesley University, Cambridge, MA
Flash Forward 10, Gallery Kayafas, Boston, MA
Books Abound, Cambridge Art Association, Cambridge, MA
This into That: Found Object Art, Assemblage, and Other Transformed Work, Nave Gallery Annex, Somerville, MA (curator)
Pity Party, Union Square, Somerville, MA
Blue Boys, Gallery Kayafas, Boston, MA
Other People’s Clothes, The Foundry for Art Design + Culture, Cohoes, NY
Caleb Cole, Lab Central, Cambridge, MA
What is a Portrait?, RIPE Art Gallery, Huntington, NY
Talent Latent 14, SCAN-Tarragona Photo Festival, Tarragona, Spain
Self Made, Lamont Gallery, Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, NH
Dress Up Portfolio Showcase, Davis Orton Gallery, Hudson, NY
Re:Tale - Understanding Contemporary Narrative, Non-Fiction Gallery, Savannah, GA
Practice, Nave Gallery, Somerville, MA
INFOCUS Juried Exhibition of Self-Published Photobooks, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ
White, Bedford Free Library, Bedford, MA
Other People's Clothes, Drift Gallery, Portsmouth, NH
Other People's Clothes, Bedford Free Library, Bedford, MA
Mark Adams, Karen Cappotto, Lauren Ewing, Paula Kotis, Vicky Tomayko, Caleb Cole, The Schoolhouse Gallery, Provincetown, MA
Get in My Shoes, Inside-Out Gallery, Somerville, MA
Framed: Identity and the Photographic Portrait, Photographic Resource Center, Boston, MA
Character Study, deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA
2013 Magenta Foundation Flash Forward Exhibition, Toronto, ON
Social Change: Performance and Protest, The Schoolhouse Gallery, Provincetown, MA
2013 Hearst Photography Biennial Exhibition, Hearst Tower, New York, NY
Intuit, The University Galleries, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX
Pedigree, New Art Center, Newton, MA
Touchy Subjects: Art, Sex, and Humor Selections from the Kinsey Institute, Indianapolis Art Center, Indianapolis, IN
New Talent/New England, St. Botolph Club, Boston, MA
The Kinsey Institute Juried Art Show 2013, Grunwald Gallery of Art, Bloomington, IN
Her Desire: Six Artists' Exploration of the Eternal Feminine, Cushing-Martin Gallery, Stonehill College, Easton, MA
Layered: Forced Unity, Hidden Subjects, Cambridge School of Weston, Weston, MA
Momentum, SOWA Galleries, Boston, MA
Here & Now: Obsolete, Gallery 263, Cambridge, MA
Follow the Leader, MALE Center, Boston, MA
Odd One Out and Dolls, Gallery Kayafas, Boston, MA
Other People's Clothes, ACRE Gallery, Chicago, IL
rolemodelplaytime, David Winton Bell Gallery, Brown University, Providence, RI
Intra Country:Patriotic Expressions, Gallery Kayafas, Boston, MA
UnBound, Candela Books + Gallery, Richmond, Virginia
The Kinsey Institute Juried Art Show 2012, Grunwald Gallery of Art, Bloomington, IN
Attribute, Milwaukee Art Institute, Milwaukee, WI
Faculty Group Show, Garner Center of Photography, Boston, MA
Here & Now: Mortality, Gallery 263, Cambridge, MA
Odd One Out, New England School of Photography Stairway Gallery, Boston, MA
I/Q: Identity Queer, Simmons School of Social Work, Boston, MA
New England Photography Biennial, Danforth Museum of Art, Framingham, MA
2001-2011: A Decade of Photographs in the Aftermath of 9/11, Greenwich House Music
School, New York, NY
East Meets West, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
Girls, Girls, Girls, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, New York, NY
Gender Matters/Matters of Gender, Freedman Gallery, Albright College, Reading, PA
That’s So Gay, Bunker Hill Community College, Boston, MA
Best of Boston 40-ennial: Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of ‘Flush with the Walls’ ,
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
Chain Letter, Samson Projects, Boston, MA
DeCordova Faculty Art Show, Natick Center for the Arts, Natick, MA
Mobius Wearable Art Show, Mobius, Boston, MA
Here and Now: Ephemera, Gallery 263, Cambridge, MA
Houston Center for Photography Exhibition and Auction, Houston, TX
Other People’s Clothes, Gallery Kayafas, Boston, MA
Marks of Absence, Santo Foundation Invitational Exhibit, Good Citizen Gallery, St. Louis, MO
America Remixed, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
Traversing Gender, McIninch Art Gallery, Southern New Hampshire University, NH
Clothes make the man?, Childs Gallery, Boston, MA
Select Gender, Farmani Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Artadia Awards Exhibition, Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, MA
EXPOSURE: Critical Mass Top 50 Exhibition, Photographic Center Northwest, Seattle, WA
Out of Order, Narrows Gallery, Fall River, MA
Wish You Were Here, Garner Center for the Arts, Boston, MA
Other People's Clothes, Photographic Resource Center NEO (online)
Faces, New England School of Photography Stairway Gallery, Boston, MA
Intersexions, Cushing-Martin Gallery at Stonehill College, Easton, MA
New England Photography Biennial, Danforth Museum of Art, Framingham, MA
Important Things, The Little Gallery Under the Stairs, Lynn, MA
PRC 2009 Benefit Auction, 808 Gallery, Boston, MA
NESOP Juried Alumni Exhibition, New England School of Photography, Boston, MA
Night, TinyTinyGroupShow (online)
Daniel Cooney Emerging Artist Auction (online)
Ersatz, SF Camerawork, San Francisco, CA
Other People's Clothes, Artists Foundation Main Gallery, Boston, MA
Other People's Clothes, Griffin Museum of Photography Virtual Gallery (online)
New England School of Photography 40th Anniversary Exhibition, New England School of
Photography, Boston, MA
Bear Art Show, Jamaica Plain, MA
Where We Were 2008 (online)
Graduate Exhibition, NESOP Center for Photographic Exhibitions, Boston, MA
Advanced Digital Arts, New England School of Photography, Boston, MA
Advanced Color Fine Art, New England School of Photography, Boston, MA
REVIEWS AND PUBLICATIONS
“Portraits At The MFA Question What Family Looks Like.” WBUR, December 20, 2017.
“‘People Watching’ at Fitchburg Art Museum spotlights portraiture.” Worcester Telegram, December 17, 2017.
“The MFA’s (Un)expected Families Exhibit Puts a Twist on Classic Family Portraits.” Boston Magazine, December 7, 2017.
“Caleb Cole at the Newport Art Museum.” Big Red and Shiny, October 4, 2017.
“Making ‘one’s own masculinity’.” New England Diary, August 19, 2017.
“Boys and Men for All Seasons.” Newport this week, June 15, 2017.
“Caleb Cole: Forget Me Not.” Law and Order Party, June 11, 2017.
“Caleb Cole: To Be Seen.” Lenscratch blog, March 20, 2017.
“To Be Seen!” Elin Spring’s What Will You Remember, March 14, 2017.
“Watching You, Watching Me.” Elin Spring’s What Will You Remember, March 2, 2017.
“Exploring a Labyrinth: Fertile Solitude at the Mills Gallery.” Art New England, Nov/Dec issue, 2016.
“No Risk, No Return: Seeking Fertile Solitude at Mills.” Artscope, Nov/Dec issue, 2016. Institute of Contemporary Art Object Project, 2016.
“Other People’s Clothes.” Ain’t Bad Magazine, Vol. 3, No. 2. (“Selfie”)
“Photo of the Day.” Don’t Take Pictures, September 7, 2015. Harper’s Magazine, September 2015.
“Art of the Selfie.” Art New England, Jan/Feb issue, 2015.
“Out of the Blue.” Boston Globe, December 31, 2014.
“The Other Military.” Elin Spring’s What Will You Remember, December 11, 2014.
“Autoscatti nei panni degli altri: Caleb ricicla le identità.” La Repubblica (online). June 30, 2014.
“Caleb Cole.” Buffalo Almanack, Issue 4, June 2014.
“Trans Artist Caleb Cole Wears Strangers' Clothes to Challenge Our Perceptions of Identity.” PolicyMic, April 23, 2014.
“What One Gender-Bending Photographer Learned From Wearing Other People's Clothes.” Huffington Post, April 22, 2014.
“Caleb Cole Wears Other People's Clothes.” Neatorama Blog, April 19, 2014.
"Caleb Cole Becomes Other People In His Photo Series 'Other People's Clothes." Beautiful Decay Blog, April 15, 2014.
"Ritratti di persone che non ho mai incontrato." Il Post (online), April 10, 2014.
“Other People’s Clothes.” Yahoo! Canada, April 1, 2014l.
“Artist Caleb Cole Uses Self-Portraits to Examine the Inner Lives of Others.” Flavorwire Blog, March 31, 2014.
“‘Other People’s Clothes’: A Photographer’s Humorous Self-Portraits Imagine the Lives of Strangers.” Feature Shoot Blog, March 28, 2014.
“Caleb Cole’s Voyeuristic Empathy.” Rascal Blog, November 21, 2013.
“Photographer Transforms Found Dolls Into Strange Self-Portraits.” Feature Shoot Blog, November 15, 2013.
“A Glimpse of the Narrative.” The Wire NH: July 17, 2013.
"People Watcher Reimagines Himself in Other People's Clothes." My Modern Metropolis Blog: April 29, 2013.
"Other People's Clothes by Caleb Cole." GBlog: April 27, 2013.
“Other People’s Clothes, Artist Imagines Himself As Different People in Self-Portrait Series.” Laughing Squid Blog: April 26, 2013.
"Self-Portraits as Different People Wearing Different Clothing in Different Places." PetaPixel: April 25, 2013.
"Other People's Clothes." PDN Photo of the Day Blog: April 24, 2013.
"Other People's Clothes by Photographer Caleb Cole." Planet Vide Blog: April 22, 2013.
SuperMassiveBlackHole Magazine, Issue 13 – Appropriation, 2013.
“Caleb Cole.” Lenscratch Blog: March 24, 2013.
“A Conversation with Cover Artist Caleb Cole.” Open Letters Monthly, February 2013 issue.
"Caleb Cole: A Doll in Someone Else's Clothing." Big Red & Shiny: Volume 2, Issue 2.
“Caleb Cole.” Lenscratch Blog: December 3, 2012.
“Odd One Out.” Printer’s Devil Review, Fall 2012.
“Caleb Cole.” Lens Magazine (China), September 2012.
"rolemodelplaytime: Recent works by Hannah Barrett, Caleb Cole, Jane Maxwell, Randy Regier, Kent Rogowski, and TRIIIBE." Art New England, June 2012.
"'Rolemodelplaytime' at Brown's Bell Gallery." The Boston Phoenix, June 19, 2012.
Fraction Magazine, Issue 38, The Fourth Anniversary, May 2012.
“Caleb Cole.” Lenscratch Blog: April 20, 2012.
"Caleb Cole Pretends to be Everyone." The Huffington Post, January 6, 2012.
"Other People's Clothes." Guernica Magazine (online), January 2012.
“f100: Cole Caswell, CJ Heyliger, Caleb Cole, Susan Worsham.” Fototazo, June 28, 2011.
“Phoenix Critic Confesses All.” The Boston Phoenix, June 24, 2011.
“Local artists commemorate -- and re-stage -- a legendary protest.” The Boston Phoenix, June 15, 2011.
“Update: Secret, crazy, historic, renegade art exhibition at MFA.” The New England Journal of Aesthetic Research, June 15, 2011.
“Secret, crazy, historic, renegade art exhibition at major Boston museum …. Shhhh.” The New England Journal of Aesthetic Research, June 15, 2011.
“That’s So Gay: Strength and community support through creation.” The Dig Boston, June 8, 2011.
“Ten Artists to Watch.” Jenkins Johnson Gallery, February 2011.
“Top 10 New England Art Exhibits of 2010.” The Boston Phoenix, December 28, 2010.
“Caleb Cole.” Wall Space Gallery Flat File, October 5, 2010.
“Lost People.” The Boston Globe, September 29, 2010.
“New Directions.” The Boston Phoenix, July 14, 2010.
“Caleb Cole.” KONAK Magazine (Istanbul), Spring 2010.
“Featured Review: Marks of Absence: Caleb Cole, Lily Cox-Richard and Lori Larusso.” Riverfront Times, May 26, 2010.
“Review: Caleb Cole's photographs connect with people.” St. Louis Beacon, May 17, 2010.
“Sizing up a shift in Boston’s art scene.” The Boston Globe, April 28, 2010.
“Caleb Cole.” Interview on ImmuneMedia website, April 27, 2010.
“Caleb Cole.” Picnic Magazine, Issue 33, April/May 2010.
“Who goes there? Local Artadia award winners take a look at identity.” The Boston Globe, April 21, 2010.
“High concept: ‘Artadia Boston’ at the BCA, plus terracotta at the Gardner.” The Boston Phoenix, April 6, 2010.
“Caleb Cole: Here, There, and Everywhere.” NESOP Alumni Blog, April 3, 2010.
“Caleb Cole.” Whatever They Are blog, March 25, 2010.
“Next Generation Artists.” Boston Magazine, Spring 2010.
“The American Dream.” 100 Eyes Magazine: December, 2009.
“The American Dream | 100eyes Photo Magazine.” The Click blog, Nov. 28, 2009.
“Caleb Cole and Critical Mass.” Lenscratch Blog: Oct. 6, 2009.
“Caleb Cole wears other people’s clothes.” Colin Pantall’s Blog: Oct. 6, 2009.
“Caleb Cole.” I Like This Art-- Contemporary Art Blog: Sept. 28, 2009.
“Photography Biennial at the Danforth leaves an introspective impression.”
The Daily News Transcript, Dedham, MA: Sept. 20, 2009.
“Caleb Cole.” Arts Inside Radio: July 19, 2009.
“Artist Friday – Caleb Cole.” An Art Producer’s Perspective Blog: June 6, 2008.