Faculty and Staff

Barbara Noah

Part-Time Lecturer

B.A. Art, Mills College; Phi Beta Kappa
M.F.A., Painting and Serigraphy, Pratt Institute

Email: bnoah@uw.edu
Phone: 206-349-1511
Web site: www.barbaranoah.com
Mailing: Box 358530, 18115 Campus Way NE, Bothell WA 98011


I teach Interdisciplinary Art, including classes about concepts and process/maker skills in painting and drawing, as well as hybrid works that mix cultural influences and/or media (e.g., painting, drawing, sculptural components, found objects and materials, assemblage, collage, and others), I have also taught classes based on concepts, like humor, the narrative, and creativity in visual art. I am interested in assisting students in developing their studio practices through readings, explorations of contemporary art, experiential learning, interdisciplinary inquiry, conceptual development, peer feedback, and writing about their work. Students may also incorporate their own research and cultural interests into their work, creating a rich interdisciplinary and contextual mixture of ideas and influences. I am particularly interested in the creative process, in which students discover content through experimentation, leading to the development of their ideas.

Recent Courses Taught

BISIA 340 Painting and Hybrid Works
BISIA 340 Art of the Joke - Humor in Visual Art
BISIA 340 Mixed Media Mash-ups
BISIA 240 Painting and Creativity
BISIA 240 Storytelling Through Visual Image
B ARTS 135 Introduction to Painting
B ARTS 121 Introduction to Drawing


My current art practice involves the creation of alternate realities that are simultaneously real and fictional surrogate simulations of incongruous objects floating in near and deep space in borrowed and altered images from NASA, MODIS, and the Hubble Telescope. I am interested in existential inquiry, the role of the imagination in understanding reality, the possibility of the long shot, and the dichotomy between the ridiculous and the sublime. Future work will continue to explore digital and hybrid works, including a possible exploration of the capabilities, concepts, and issues arising out of 3D printing, the reclamation of incomplete or broken forms with unexpected replacement parts, and explorations of various options for public art. Current and past research has included mediation of the natural world, the face recognition reflex, signs and symbols, art in health care contexts, and public art, among others. I have also worked with a variety of media, including paint, digital print, etching, sculpture, photography, found materials, and public art. 

Selected Exhibitions

  • 2015 University of Washington Rome Center, Rome, Italy
  • 2015 Print + Paper, Bellevue College; juried by Margaret Bullock, Curator of Collections and Special Exhibitions, Tacoma Art Museum
  • 2014 Solo Exhibition, Art & Soul, Seattle, Washington
  • 2013 CoCA Collision, Center On Contemporary Art, Seattle, Washington
  • 2010 Solo Exhibition, Davidson Galleries, Seattle, Washington
  • 2008 Smoke and Mirrors, Seattle Art Museum, curated by Marisa Sanchez, Assistant Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art
  • 2007 Print!, Seattle Print Art 3rd Biennial, juried by Sarah Suzuki, Asst. Curator, Dept of Prints, Museum of Modern Art, NY; at University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA
  • 2006 Imprimo, Gallery 110, Seattle, Washington; selected by James Elaine, Curator of Project Series, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, California
  • 2005 Shenzhen Art Institute Gallery, Shenzhen, China
  • 2005 North By Northwest: Works On Paper from Seattle Print Arts, Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, California
  • 2003 SPA @ SPU, a Juried Print Exhibition; Juror: David Kiehl, Curator of Prints, Whitney Museum of American Art; Art Center Gallery, Seattle Pacific University, Seattle, Washington

Other past venues include Artists Space and the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Nakhodka City Museum in Russia, and the Salle de Fêtes de la Marie du VIème in Paris.

Selected Publications

Manitach, Amanda, “Collecting Art Ignites a Lifelong Romance With Artists & Their Work,” City Arts, 10-29-2013

Upchurch, Michael, Review, Seattle Times, November 18, 2010

Darling, Michael, Curator, interviewed in The Curator's Eye, City Arts Online, May 2010

Hackett, Regina, “But Seriously, Folks,” Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Dec. 21, 2007

Selected Honors and Awards

2011 Irving and Yvonne Twining Humber Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement, Artist Trust
2007 Residency at Kala Institute, Berkeley, California
2004 City Artists Award, Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, City of Seattle
1997 Pollock-Krasner Grant, for exceptional quality of work and artistic achievement