'Made in Newark' Exhibit Opens Oct. 12 at College of Architecture and Design Gallery

Written by: Shydale James,
“I surrendered to a dream and began to make sculptures out of plastic water bottles."

The College of Architecture and Design (CoAD) at NJIT is honored to present “Made in Newark,” an exhibition of contemporary artist and Newark native Willie Cole’s most recent artistic creations.

His body of new work, completed over the summer, is a continuation of the artists’ exploration of recycled water bottles as primary building material in large-scale sculptural pieces. As he has done throughout his acclaimed career, Cole creatively repurposes the common object, encouraging viewers to think outside the box while raising social awareness to issues such as consumerism and ecology. 

“Willie Cole: Made in Newark” will open to the public Thursday, Oct. 12, 6-9 p.m., with a reception and close Monday, Nov. 20, with a lecture given by Cole, starting at 5:30 p.m.

CoAD Gallery is open Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., with additional times by appointment only. CoAD Gallery is located on the second floor of Weston Hall, on the corner of MLK Blvd. and Warren St. in Newark on the NJIT campus.

For more information about the exhibition, please contact CoAD Gallery curator M. Gosser at smatt_nj@yahoo.com.

 More about the artist…

Willie Cole

Willie Cole grew up in Newark, N.J., in the neighborhood that would eventually become NJIT campus. He received his BFA degree from the School of Visual Arts in New York in 1976, and continued his studies at the Art Students League of New York from 1976 to 1979. Early in his career, Cole explored abandoned factories in Newark, finding inspiration in the objects left behind.

 Cole is best known for assembling and transforming ordinary domestic and used objects such as irons, ironing boards, high-heeled shoes, hair dryers, bicycle parts, wooden matches, lawn jockeys and other discarded appliances and hardware into imaginative and powerful works of art and installations.

 Visit williecole.com to learn more about Cole’s work.