Joe Krol

Joe Krol, a native of Erie, was one of the last students of Joe Plavcan and one of Roy Ahlgren’s first. After receiving a BFA in Illustration from the Columbus College of Art and Design in 1976, Krol worked in various facets of the advertising/marketing industry for a Buffalo concern, a Cleveland firm, and an Erie ad agency before starting his own creative services business in 1987. Recruited to teach the Commercial Art Class at Tech Memorial (now Erie High School) in 1990, Krol continued to service two domestic and one European business division of the Weyerhaeuser Company. As a teacher, Krol brought increased rigor to the course with a heavy concentration on life-drawing, painting and color theory, design, and the business of art while developing relationships in the community that allowed his students opportunities to work professionally while still in high school. His students regularly completed illustration assignments for the Erie Times News as well as art and design for the mayor’s and district attorney’s office and various non-profits. During the last 10 years of his tenure, graduates of his program were offered over $2,000,000 in portfolio-based scholarships. Many of Krol’s students received regional and national awards for their art and writing course work. Krol was recruited to join the Columbus College of Art and Design (CCAD) faculty in 2006. Although he chose to continue at his position in Erie, he did teach color theory to Advanced Placement art teachers at CCAD at a later date. When the Commercial Art Class was eliminated during the Erie School District budget crisis of 2011, Krol returned to his early interest in landscapes, now well-informed by his years as a designer and instructor. His landscapes have been accepted into regional shows as well as the Butler Institute of American Art’s national exhibition. Joe Krol is a member of the Northwest Pennsylvania Artist Association and his work can be found in business and private collections. “When painting, I’m particularly interested in using design and color -- the visual equivalent of music in dealing with keys, chords, triads, modulations, composition, -- to make the ordinary extraordinary and ultimately convey expressions that are beyond words”

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