Tracie Noles-Ross is an artist living and working in Birmingham, Alabama.
Tracie Noles-Ross’ method of making employs a range of techniques and materials to create objects that reflect her observational studies of the natural world and her place in that world.
Her images explore the precariousness of our relationship, as humans, to nature and conjure a world that feels a little like a dark fairy tale. Closely observed images of plants, animals, birds and insects, layered with personal narratives, invoke a sense of connection and responsibility to nature, placing us humans in the thickety brambles and hedges of the mysterious wild places where we don’t always feel we belong. Using found objects and materials, many from the five acres of land where she lives, she creates fantastic mixed media imagery that tells stories of mystery and reverence.
SELECTED SOLO AND TWO ARTIST EXHIBITIONS
2016 Vespertine, New Works by Tracie Noles-Ross, Naked Art Gallery, Birmingham, Alabama
2013 The Brambly Thicket, New Works by Tracie Noles-Ross, Bridgestreet Gallery, Birmingham, Alabama.
2009 Honey in My Eye, New Works by Tracie Noles-Ross and Wendi Flowers, Bare Hands Gallery, Birmingham, Alabama.
2006 New Works by Tracie Noles-Ross and Wendi Flowers, Bare Hands Gallery,Birmingham, Alabama.
2004 Calliope’s Moon New Works by Tracie Noles-Ross, Bare Hands Gallery, Birmingham, Alabama.
2002 Allegory of the Senses, Sensational New Works by Tracie Noles-Ross and Olsen Ross, Bare Hands Gallery, Birmingham.
2001 Milk to Mud: The Recrudescence of Self, solo exhibition, The University of North Alabama, Florence, Alabama.
2000 Heroines in Troubled Fields, installation, Bare Hands Gallery, Birmingham, Alabama.
1999 The Rock Beneath the Sand, solo exhibition, Bare Hands Gallery, Birmingham, Alabama.
1998 La Architectura del Nido, solo exhibition, Bare Hands Gallery, Birmingham, Alabama.
1996 The Infamous and The Remarkable, solo exhibition, Bare Hands Gallery, Birmingham.
1995 The Distance Between Two Hearts, A Collaborative Installation with Marcia Bacon Connolly, The Birmingham Art Association.
1995 The Distance Between Two Hearts, A Collaborative Installation with Marcia Bacon Connolly, The Ferguson Art Gallery at The University of Alabama.
1995 Ardor and Faith, solo exhibition Artomotive, Birmingham.
1994 Babies on the Moon, solo exhibition, Birmingham Art Association.
1992 Favorable Bed: A Study in Paradoxical Personae, A collaborative installation with Olsen Ross at The Fifth Gate Arts Center
1988 The Other Side, A Collaborative Installation with Olsen Ross at Space One Eleven.
SELECTED INVITATIONAL and GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2017 Night Festival: A Nocturnal Celebration of the Natural World, Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve. Curator Jon Wooley.
2016-2017 Prelude Calavera Invitational, Naked Art Gallery, Birmingham, Alabama.
2006-2010 Dia de las Muertos, Bare Hands Gallery, Birmingham, Alabama
2013 From Black and White to a World of Color at the Alabama Power Archives Museum. Curator: Dan Bynum.
2012 Reflections of Food in Alabama Art, Art Folk Gallery, Birmingham, Alabama. Curator: John Lytle Wilson.
2011 Alabama Signatures: Contemporary Expressions, Alabama Artists Gallery at the Alabama State Council on the Arts in Montgomery. Curator: Georgine Clarke.
2011 Farewells and Introductions, New Orleans, Louisiana. Curator: John Fields. Prospect 1.5.
2011 The Milkweed Project, a collaborative installation. The Eclipse Gallery, Algoma, WI. Project Architect: Shan Bryan-Hanson.
2010 Traveling exhibition Heads Up Alabama, a public art project of the Alabama Psychological Association Foundation.
2002-2010 Shine, Bare Hands Gallery, Birmingham, Alabama.
2002 The Gift Project, Plattsburgh, New York, Plattsburgh State University. Curator: Diane Fine.
2002 Dwelling, invitational, Opelika Art Association, Opelika Alabama. Curator: Allyson Comstock.
2001 Visual Conversations: Three Alabama Artists, Alabama State Council on the Arts Alabama Artists Gallery, Montgomery, Alabama. Curated by Georgine Clarke.
2001 Breaking Up Winter, Bare Hands Gallery, Birmingham, Alabama.
2001 Women of Taste, Oakland Museum of Art, Oakland, California.
2001 Group Exhibition curated by Derek Cracco, 21st Street Studios Birmingham, Alabama.
1997 Shrines: The Sacred and Secular in Contemporary Southern Art, Lenox Square, Atlanta,Georgia
1997 Triumvirate, A Collaborative Installation with Joe Ross and Arthur Price at Bare Hands Gallery, Birmingham, Alabama.
1998 The Fourth Floor, A collaborative painting with Joe Ross at The Ferguson Art Gallery at The University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa.
1995 Ten Book Artists: One of a Kind Artists Books, Maralyn Wilson Gallery Birmingham.
1995 Traveler’s Feast, The Dr. Pepper Complex. Birmingham. February-March.
1993 To Be… The Kentler International Drawing Space, New York. Curated by Florence Neal.
1993 Somalia Benefit, A group exhibition of 7 Birmingham artists for International relief, Miyagi Ken, Japan.
1996 Arts Alive, The Kennedy Douglas Center for the Arts Juried Exhibition, Florence, Alabama. Juror: Georgine Clark.
1992 We Live in a Political World, The Fifth Gate Arts Center. Birmingham. October.
1992 Superstition and Personal Ritual, Curated and Exhibited. The Fifth Gate Arts Center.Birmingham. February 7-28.
1992 Sanctuary as Canvas, An FMC Installation at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church Birmingham.
1991 Filling The Dream Organ, An FMC Installation, The Fifth Gate Arts Center.
1991 The Age Of Nimbus Monsters, An FMC Installation, Converted Birmingham storefront.
1990 The Second Annual Flood and Mystic Chamber Salon, 10.2.4 Gallery, Birmingham.
1989 The First Annual Flood and Mystic Chamber Salon, SoMo Gallery, Birmingham.
1987 The Eaten Ones, A group exhibition with Joe Ross and Douglas Baulos at The University of Alabama at Birmingham Visual Arts Gallery.
SELECTED JURIED EXHIBITIONS
2017 Ink Only, Juror: Katie Baldwin, art professor at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, UAB Project Space hosted by Paperworks Local, Birmingham, Alabama
2010 Birmingham Biennial 3. Juror: Dan Cameron of Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans and creator of Project 1
2003 Electra, Alabama Power Juried Exhibition, Birmingham, Alabama.
2001 Art’s Alive, Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts, Florence, Alabama.
2001 Recycled Art, Nonesuch Gallery, Huntsville, Alabama.2001 Firsts: The Personal and The Historical, Bare Hands Gallery, Birmingham, Alabama.
2000 Art’s Alive, Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts, Florence Alabama.
2017 Moss Rock Festival Featured Artist, Birmingham, Alabama.
2016 Winner of Silvertron Tour de Loo for “Haiku Islands” mixed media installation. Birmingham, Alabama.
2010 Birmingham Biennial 3. Juror, Dan Cameron of Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans and creator of Project 1
2001 Award of Excellence awarded by The University of Alabama at Birmingham Women’s Studies Program
2001 Artist in Residence, The Thomas Project Birmingham,Alabama
2000 Merit Award Art’s Alive Gallery Competition, Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts, Florence,Alabama. Jurors: Kaywin Feldman, Director of the Brooks Museum in Memphis, Tennessee, Bert Brouwer, Chair of the Department of Art and History at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
1999 Artist’s Grant, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass, Colorado
1992 Regional Artists Project Grant, The Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans for the exhibition Favorable Bed: A study in Paradoxical Personae.
RELATED PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
2013 Noles-Ross’ illustration work is featured in the book entitled The Urban Bestiary: Encountering the Everyday Wild by award winning author and naturalist Lyanda Lynn Haupt (from Little, Brown in fall, 2013).
2001 Sculpture displayed in the Regiment of Columns in the Alabama Veterans Memorial. HonoringÂ Alabama Veterans of the 20th Century
2001 Curator, Firsts: The Personal and the Historical, an exhibition honoring Women’s History Month sponsored by the UAB Women’s Studies Program, Bare Hands Gallery, Birmingham, Alabama.
1999-1998 Visiting Artist Lecture Series at The University of Alabama at Birmingham.
1990-1995 Co-founder of The Fifth Gate Arts Center Exhibition and Artist Studio Co-op. Curator of exhibitions and organizer of studio co-operative.
1987-1992 Cofounder and member of The Flood and Mystic Chamber Salon, a group of artists that exhibited together annually creating installations in alternative and traditional artists spaces.