Barbara Noah

Barbara Noah


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


I teach Interdisciplinary Art, including classes about concepts and process/maker skills in painting, drawing, and hybrid works that combine conceptual and cultural influences. These include possible mixtures of painting, drawing, sculptural components, found objects and materials, assemblage, collage, and other media. I also teach classes based on concepts like social justice, humor, the narrative, and creativity. I assist students in developing their studio practices through readings, explorations of historical and contemporary art, experiential learning, interdisciplinary inquiry, conceptual development, peer feedback, and writing about their work. Students may incorporate their own research and cultural interests into their work, creating a rich interdisciplinary and contextual mixture of ideas and influences contributing to informed studio practices.

Courses Taught

BISIA 342 Materials & Meanings (a new class proposed and developed by Barbara Noah and recently approved for inclusion in the curriculum)
BISIA 340 Hybrid Works (formerly Painting and Hybrid Works)
BISIA 340 Humor in Visual Art (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
Interdisciplinary Studio Art & Italian Culture, taught for UW Study Abroad at UW Rome Center, Italy
BIS 130 What Is Art - not yet taught by Barbara Noah, but it is a new class she developed and proposed, and it has been approved for inclusion in the curriculum.


My most recent series,Toss and Turn, was recently exhibited in a solo show at Davidson Galleries in Seattle. It is an ironically titled series of digital pigment prints contemplating climate change and reflecting a personal and cultural desire for transcendent experiences and survival expressed through metaphoric figurative surrogates in terrestrial and distant skies. There are underlying significant conceptual issues in the work, such as aspiration in the face of the long shot, and references to potentially imperiled terrestrial and extra-terrestrial landscapes, expressing the urgency of climate change, which has necessitated recent cultural consideration of survival elsewhere. Other content includes manifestations of childhood dreams, symbolic molecular structures, and dichotomies between the near and the far, 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 tech world, and our daily lives on earth juxtaposed with unfathomably faraway places. These images are also surrogate selfies or emojis, 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 explore digital and sculptural hybrid works, including concepts arising out of 3D printing and other digital or technological media and processes, mixed 2D and 3D media, and public art concepts and materials research. 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.

Selected Exhibitions

  • 2020 Art of the Cosmos, sponsored by Fulcrum Arts, inspired by the Hubble Telescope, Pasadena, California
  • 2019 Toss and Turn, solo exhibition at Davidson Galleries, Seattle, Washington
  • 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

Clemans, Gayle, “Can Art Help Fight Climate Change? These 4 Seattle-Area Artists Think So," Seattle Times, September 18, 2019.

Upchurch, Michael, “Sea Change and Allusions to Climate Change…,” Seattle Times, 1-2-18

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