Jim Cole received an MFA in sculpture from Cornell University, a BFA in sculpture from the Minneapolis School of Art and an associate degree in engineering from Pennsylvania State University. He taught sculpture at Cornell University and has been a member of the Furniture Design department at RISD since 1997. Cole’s work bridges the gap between sculpture and furniture and is in the permanent collections of prestigious museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Virginia Museum of Fine Art, the American Craft Museum and the Arkansas Art Center. His work is also in many public collections, such as The General Mills Corporation, Gellert and Cutler, PC and Northern Duchess Hospital.