Faculty and Staff

Barbara Noah

Affiliate Professor

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

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



I teach courses in visual art, including painting, mixed media and hybrid works (drawing, painting, collage, digital images, assemblage, found materials, sculptural components, etc.), humor in art, narrative art, and creativity. In these classes, students hone the visual, material, and conceptual content in their work, developed through their own studio practices, critical thinking, writing, and exposure to images and readings about contemporary art. Students also incorporate their own fields in the sciences and humanities and their research and cultural interests into their work, creating a rich interdisciplinary and contextual mix of ideas and influences. I am particularly interested in the improvisatory creative process, in which students discover content through experimentation, risk, and research, leading to the development of their ideas.

Recent Courses Taught

B Arts 135 Intro to Painting
BISIA 240 Painting and Creativity
BISIA 240 Storytelling Through Visual Image
BISIA 340 Mixed Media Mash-ups
BISIA 340 Intermediate Painting and Hybrid Works
BISIA 340 Art of the Joke - Humor in Visual Art
UW Study Abroad - When In Rome: Interdisciplinary Art and Italian Culture
            BIS 480 - Carpe Diem - Roaming Rome
            BIS 480 - Interdisciplinary Studio Art in Rome


My current research involves the use of surrogate objects in alternate realities produced as digital pigment prints. This work arises out of an interest in the long shot, a cultural longing for achievement and transcendence despite sometimes daunting obstacles, and the juxtaposition of the ridiculous and the sublime. Current and past research has included work based on metaphoric silhouettes, the face recognition reflex, signs and symbols, and the cosmos. I have also worked with a variety of media, including paint, digital and traditional prints, sculpture, photography, found materials, and public art. 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.

Selected Exhibitions

2011 Seattle As Collector, Seattle Art Museum
2010 Selections from the Likely Stories Series, Davidson Galleries, Seattle, Washington, Solo Show
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
2007 But Seriously, Folks, Francine Seders Gallery, Seattle, Washington
2005 Shenzhen Art Institute Gallery, Shenzhen, China
2005 North By Northwest: Works On Paper from Seattle Print Arts, Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, California
2004 Building Tradition: Gifts in Honor of the Northwest Art Collection, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma,  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

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

Did You Know?

About 91 percent of all UW Bothell students are from the state of Washington.