The generosity of Alice C. Cole '42 enables the Department of Art to provide financial support and exhibition opportunities
to promising alumnae and emerging artists.

The Alice C. Cole ’42 Alumnae Fund

The Alice C. Cole ‘42 Alumnae Fund provides project-based support to recent Wellesley College alumnae for the development, production, and exhibition of new projects in painting or sculpture, broadly construed. The funds for 2013-2014 award period have been granted. Please check back here for updates on the next application period. 

The deadline for this is 11:59 May 27, 2014. (Please note extended deadline). To apply, please download the Alice C. Cole ’42 Alumnae Fund Application Guidelines and Application Form.

The Alice C. Cole ’42 Fellowship

The Alice C. Cole '42 Fellowship is awarded to an outstanding early-career painter or sculptor, providing a livable sum so as to support one year of unimpeded time and space to experiment, develop a body of work, and focus on future artistic goals. A solo exhibition at the Jewett Art Gallery at Wellesley College concludes the fellowship. Applications are accepted by nomination only.

The 2014-2015 Alice C. Cole ’42 Fellow will be announced here in June 2014.

Alice C. Cole '42 Fellows


Alida Cervantes

Alida Cervantes is a Mexican artist who lives and works in the Tijuana and San Diego border region. Born in San Diego, CA, she was raised in Tijuana, Mexico, and grew up on both sides of the border. Her paintings, drawings, and performance work draw inspiration from class, race, and gender relations in colonial and present-day Mexico. Cervantes earned a BA from the University of California, San Diego (1995), then studied at Scuola di Arte Lorenzo di Medici in Florence, Italy, for two years. In 2013, she earned her MFA from the University of California, San Diego. Her work is part of the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, and the Charles Saatchi, London collections.

Sophie LeeRebekah Goldberg, and Terry Powers were honored as finalists. Sophie Lee was chosen to be the 2014-2015 C. Cole Visiting Artist.


Samuel Ekwurtzel

Sam Ekwurtzel lives and works in New London, CT. His solo exhibition On the beach was presented by Real Art Ways in Hartford, CT. Other recent exhibitions include Its when its gone that you really notice it, Simone Subal Gallery, New York, NY; Kinds of light, Second Guest Projects, New York, NY; The Passenger Position, Reference Gallery, Richmond, VA; Homo Duplex, Reynolds Gallery, Richmond, VA; and A failed entertainment, Neiman Gallery, New York, NY. Mr. Ekwurtzel has supported himself by working on various Alaskan commercial fishing vessels as well as teaching sculpture at colleges and universities throughout New England. Ekwurtzel was the 2011 Fountainhead Fellow in the department of sculpture at Virginia Commonwealth University. He has studied at the Hartford Art School, Columbia University, and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and was recently awarded a grant from the New York Community Trust.

Alice Carter Kochka and Wilson Harding Lawrence were honored as finalists.


Patrick Earl Hammie

Patrick Earl Hammie is a visual artist working primarily with themes related to identity, history and gender politics. He received his BA from South Carolina’s Coker College and his MFA in painting from the University of Connecticut. Hammie currently serves as an Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and has lectured at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art and the William Benton Museum of Art. From 2008–9 he was a fellow at Wellesley College, supported by the Alice C. Cole Fellowship in Studio Arts. In 2011 he was an artist in residence at the John Michael Kohler Art Center, supported by an award from Alliance of Artists Communities. He has exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the U.S. and abroad including Kunst in Der Carlshutte in Germany, Dakshina Chitra Gallery in India, Manifest Creative Research Gallery in Ohio and The Painting Center in New York. He’s been a visiting artist at venues including Alfred University, Skidmore College, Purdue University and the University of New Mexico. He’s received several awards including the Tanne Foundation Award, Midwestern Voices and Visions Award, Award of Excellence from the Zhou B. Art Center in Chicago, Arnold O. Beckman Research Award and a Dave Bown Projects Award