Dan McCole is a graduate of Vesper George School of Art, completing a full course in fine arts and illustration. After graduation, Dan entered the newspaper world as a part-time editorial artist with the Boston Herald Traveler. And, in response to personal and family obligations, he put his painting life on hold and morphed into a career in the newspaper business. He remained at the Herald in the advertising department for ten years, founded a weekly newspaper (the Weymouth News in Weymouth, Massachusetts) and served in all related publishing, editorial, advertising and operational activities for another ten years. After selling the business he remained engaged in similar enterprises with other publications. He was honored in 1981 with a first place award for the Best Column in the New England Press Association’s annual newspaper contest. In 1985 he returned to the Herald and served as production news editor, late city room deskman, as well as an occasional columnist and feature writer. He retired from the Herald and the newspaper business in June, 2005.
In the early 1990s, Dan re-entered the painting world. Positive reception and awards at local art festivals encouraged him to allocate more time to this talent. In his first one-man show in 1999 at the Crump Gallery in South Boston, he sold many of his originals and reproduction prints. In 2003, Dan entered into an art gallery partnership with acclaimed painter and gallery owner Norman Crump. The Crump McCole Gallery was located at the World Trade Center, Boston for over five years. He lives in South Boston, his place of birth. Dan is president and co-founder of the South Boston Arts Association, an associate member of the New England Watercolor Society and membership in the Quincy Art Association. He is the chairman of non-profit South Boston Arts & Cultural Center Task Force, organized to explore ways to create a South Boston Arts & Cultural Center.