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Bruce Cole

Bruce Cole, a scholar of Renaissance art, is the eighth chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Appointed by President George W. Bush to a four year term, Cole was unanimously approved by the U.S. Senate in September 2001. He came to the Endowment from Indiana University in Bloomington, where he was Distinguished Professor of Art History and Professor of Comparative Literature. As a professor of art history, Cole wrote written fourteen books, many of them about the Renaissance. Cole was born in Ohio and attended Case Western Reserve University. He earned his master's degree from Oberlin College and his doctorate in 1969 from Bryn Mawr College. For two years he was the William E. Suida Fellow at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florence. He has held fellowships and grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, American Council of Learned Societies, Kress Foundation, American Philosophical Society, Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, and National Endowment for the Humanities. He is a corresponding member of the Accademia Senese degli Intronati, the oldest learned society in Europe, and a founder and former co-president of the Association for Art History.

He and his wife live in the District of Columbia and have two grown children.


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