Lecturer

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

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

Teaching

I teach Interdisciplinary Art, including classes about concepts and process/maker skills in painting, drawing, and hybrid works that combine cultural influences and/or media. These might include mixtures of painting, drawing, sculptural components, found objects and materials, assemblage, collage, and other media. I have also taught classes based on concepts like humor, the narrative, and creativity in visual art. I assist 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 also interested in the creative process, in which students discover content through experimentation and research, leading to the development of their ideas into cohesive artworks.

Courses Taught

BISIA 340 Hybrid Works (formerly Painting and Hybrid Works)
BISIA 340 Humor in Visual Art: But Seriously, Folks (formerly Art of the Joke - Humor in Visual Art)
BISIA 340 Mixed Media Mash-ups
BISIA 240 Creativity: Paint & Mixed Media (formerly Painting and Creativity)
BISIA 240 Storytelling Through Visual Image
B ARTS 135 Introduction to Painting
B ARTS 121 Introduction to Drawing
BIS 480 Classes for UW Study Abroad program, Interdisciplinary Studio Art & Italian Culture (taught at UW Rome Center, Italy)

Research/Scholarship

Likely Stories is an ironically titled series of digital pigment prints reflecting a personal and cultural desire for transcendent experiences through metaphoric figurative surrogates in distant skies. There are underlying significant conceptual issues in the work, too, such as aspiration in the face of the long shot, and references to potentially imperiled landscapes, both terrestrial and extra-terrestrial, expressing the urgency of climate change, which has necessitated recent cultural consideration of colonization of other planets. Other content includes manifestations of childhood dreams, brain chemistry, and dichotomies between the near and the far, optimism and fear, aspiration and outcomes, youth and aging or mortality in the context of infinity, a search for meaning vs. the urge to escape from reality, the human touch in a high tech world, and our daily intimate lives on earth juxtaposed with unfathomably distant places. These images are also surrogate selfies, parodies of and homages to the grandeur of distant skies, in which viewers, through the objects, ascend to improbable, transcendent heights, wryly reflective of the humor and pathos of the desire for human achievement and ordinary/extraordinary experience.

Future work will continue to explore digital and sculptural hybrid works, including concepts arising out of 3D printing, the reclamation of incomplete or broken figurative forms with unexpected hybrid replacement parts, and research into various conceptual and material options for public art. Current and past research has also included mediation of the natural world, the face recognition reflex, semiotics, and art in health care contexts, among others. I have also worked with a variety of media, including paint, digital media, print art, sculpture, photography, found materials, installations, and public art. 

Selected Exhibitions

  • 2018 Making Our Mark, Bellevue Arts Museum, Washington; curated by Michael W. Monroe, Director Emeritus of BAM, Curator-in-Charge of the Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum.
  • 2017 Second Annual Fine Art Exhibition, Los Angeles Center of Photography, Los Angeles, California
  • 2017 Everyone’s In 3D, The Alice Gallery, Seattle, Washington
  • 2016 Pressing On, Seattle Print Arts Exhibit, Schack Arts Center, Everett, Washington
  • 2015 Fly Me to the Moon, Solo Exhibition at Palazzo Pio, 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