Joyce Cole was born in New York City. She studied at the Art Students League, Finch College and NYU. Her work has been shown at Andre Emerich Gallery, Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art and Marlborough Gallery. Her work is in the collection of the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, the Guggenheim Museum of Art and the Oklahoma Art Center Museum. She currently resides in Buncombe County.