Grace Cole Need Based Scholarship

Grace Cole Need Based Scholarship

The Grace Cole Scholarship Fund honors the late Grace Cole, an artist and former teacher of The Art Center Highland Park (TAC) as well as a friend and mentor to the underwriters; Joan and Mike Moriarty. The Grace Cole Scholarship fund will be ongoing.

About Grace Cole

Born in Chicago, Cole grew up in Oak Lawn, and after marrying and raising three daughters, she registered for her first art lessons at age 32. Studying the style of the Old Masters, Cole drew in carbon, then moved on to painting in oils. Despite the struggles she encountered she was “stimulated by the creativity, the challenges, and the sheer pleasure of the process.”

A presence in the Chicago art community for over 30 years, Grace possessed the traits of the best artists. Curious, creative, and willing to resist being typecast with a single technique or subject matter. Cole’s works are in collections throughout the world, and a portfolio of her work is available online at

Cole passed away on July 18, 2015, at the age of 72, from Alzheimer’s disease.

Please see the Grace Cole applications here:    Need Based  | Merit Based

Please submit completed applications to:

For more additional questions or information please call the Main Office at 847.432.1888.