Award Winners / Artist Profile

About the Artist

Barbara Noah (Seattle) is a mixed-media artist with experience in painting, photography, sculpture, printmaking, public art, installations and digital imaging. Her work includes public art at the Canal Substation and Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. She is featured in the book The Painter Speaks: Artists Discuss Their Experiences and Careers, published by the Research Center for Arts and Culture, Columbia University. Her work has been published in ARTnews, and both her work and her writing have been featured in Art in America.

Barbara has exhibited in various art venues, both nationally and internationally, including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, California; The Woman’s Building and the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery in Los Angeles; the Center On Contemporary Art, Davidson Galleries, G. Gibson Gallery, the Seattle Art Museum, Tacoma Art Museum, and the Henry Art Gallery in Seattle; the Chicago International New Art Forms Exposition; Artists’ Space, P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center (now affiliated with the Museum of Modern Art) and The New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York City; the City Museum in Nakhodka, Russia; the Shenzhen Art Institute Gallery in Shenzhen, China; and the Biennial Exhibition of La Jeune Gravure Contemporaine-Paris in France. She is also represented in public and private collections, including the Seattle Art Museum, Tacoma Art Museum, the Grunewald Print Collection, Microsoft Corporation, Bank of America, the Swedish Foundation, and the Centrum Foundation. 

Update from the Artist: Barbara's work was chosen to be in the King County Public Art Collection for their portable arts collection. Barbara is also the recipient of the Pollock/Krasner Grant, a Betty Bowen Merit Award from the Seattle Art Museum, two Faculty Excellence Awards from Cornish College of the Arts, two Artist Trust GAP grants (1996 and 2004), and the Aurelia Henry Reinhardt Faculty Purse from Mills College. She received her B.A in Art from Mills College and an MFA from Pratt Institute in New York. She is currently represented by Davidson Galleries in Seattle, WA.

Information included above was provided by artist at the time of application.
From the Artist

Paths for artists vary widely. Mine led me directly out of graduate school into teaching art at the college level, and I have balanced art and teaching careers ever since. Becoming a parent and assisting my parents as they aged were also significant roles to juggle along with my professional life. Like many others, I have sometimes been challenged to find the time and money necessary to make art. A little support at the right time has made all the difference. I have been able to evolve as an artist, combining various ideas and media, including painting, sculpture, photography, print art, installations, public art, and most recently digital prints. This trajectory would not have been possible without the assistance of family, friends, and the support of my community.

I am honored to have been selected for the 2011 Twining Humber Award, and I am delighted to be included in the company of the previous recipients. I am grateful to nominator Karrie Baas and this year’s selection panel, as well as to Artist Trust, whose support of individual artists is vital, especially in an age of shrinking funding sources. I would also like to acknowledge Yvonne Twining Humber, whose endowment made this award possible. I send my appreciation to you all for this heartening and humbling recognition. Thank you!

Barbara Noah