Barbara Cole is an artist, curator, educator, and consultant. She is the Principal of Cole Projects, a public art consulting firm that promotes experimental approaches to public art planning and commissioning. Cole is also the Curator of Outdoor Art at the University of British Columbia. She has led workshops, lectured widely, and published articles on the subject of art in public space. Cole taught at Emily Carr University from 1984 to 1999 and worked as a consultant to the City of Vancouver’s Public Art Program from 1999 to 2004. Throughout her career, she has been actively involved in the Vancouver art community, serving on gallery and art society boards and has participated as a jury member for numerous art initiatives. In 2011 Barbara received the Mayor’s Award for her contributions to the advancement of public art in Vancouver and in 2013, was a curatorial resident at ZK/U Center for Art + Urbanistics in Berlin, Germany.
Visit the Expo Blvd Billboards to see Barbara Cole’s work during the month of April as part of the Capture Photography Festival’s 2020 Public Art Program.