About

 

Tracie Noles-Ross is an artist living and working in Birmingham, Alabama.

She is currently a member of Ground Floor Contemporary. 

 

Artist Statement

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. In her most recent work, she explores identity influenced by environmental and social conditions, place of origin, motherhood and aging.

Using found objects and materials, many from the five acres of land where she lives, she creates fantastic mixed media imagery. Noles-Ross’ artwork explores ideas about the body in nature – contemplating the precariousness of human relationships to nature and through the merging of mythology, ecology and storytelling, examines how identity is defined by the land and the mythic imagination . Closely observed images of plants, animals, birds and insects, layered with portraits, personal narratives, fairy tales and mythology invoke a sense of connection and responsibility to nature, placing humans in the thickety brambles and hedges and mysterious wild places.

 

CURRICULUM VITAE (select group of exhibitions and awards)

2018   

B18: Wiregrass Biennial, Wiregrass Museum of Art, Dothan, Alabama (July-September 2018)

A Look at Us: a juried exhibition, Juror: Sara Garden Armstrong, Daisie Hoitsma and Miriam Omura, Ground Floor Contemporary Gallery in Birmingham, Alabama.

Night Festival, Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve, Birmingham, Alabama.

2017

Ink Only, Juror: Katie Baldwin, art professor at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, UAB Project Space hosted by Paperworkers Local, Birmingham, Alabama

Night Festival: A Nocturnal Celebration of the Natural World, Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve. Curator Jon Wooley.

Prelude Calavera Invitational, Naked Art Gallery, Birmingham, Alabama.

Moss Rock Festival, Featured Artist, Birmingham, Alabama.

2016

Vespertine, Solo exhibition by Tracie Noles-Ross, Naked Art Gallery, Birmingham, Alabama. 

Prelude Calavera Invitational, Naked Art Gallery, Birmingham, Alabama.

Winner of Silvertron Tour de Loo for “Haiku Islands” mixed media installation. Birmingham, Alabama.

2013 

The Brambly Thicket, New Works by Tracie Noles-Ross, Bridgestreet Gallery, Birmingham, Alabama. 

From Black and White to a World of Color at the Alabama Power Archives Museum. Curator: Dan Bynum.

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).

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.

Farewells and Introductions, New Orleans, Louisiana. Curator: John Fields. Prospect 1.5.

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.

Birmingham Biennial 3. Juror: Dan Cameron of Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans and creator of Project 1

2016-2010 

Dia de las Muertos, Bare Hands 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. 

2003

Electra, Alabama Power Juried Exhibition, Birmingham, Alabama.

2002

 Allegory of the Senses, Sensational New Works by Tracie Noles-Ross and Olsen Ross, Bare Hands Gallery, Birmingham.

The Gift Project, Plattsburgh, New York, Plattsburgh State University. Curator: Diane Fine.

Dwelling, invitational, Opelika Art Association, Opelika Alabama. Curator: Allyson Comstock.

2001

Award of Excellence awarded by The University of Alabama at Birmingham Women’s Studies Program for curating 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.

Visual Conversations: Three Alabama Artists, Alabama State Council on the Arts Alabama Artists Gallery, Montgomery, Alabama. Curated by Georgine Clarke.

Letters Home sculpture displayed in the Regiment of Columns in the Alabama Veterans Memorial. Honoring Alabama Veterans of the 20th Century.

Milk to Mud: The Recrudescence of Self, solo exhibition, The University of North Alabama, Florence, Alabama.

Breaking Up Winter, Bare Hands Gallery, Birmingham, Alabama.

Women of Taste, Oakland Museum of Art, Oakland, California.

Behind the Yellow Door curated by Derek Cracco, 21st Street Studios Birmingham, Alabama.

Art’s Alive, Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts, Florence, Alabama.

Recycled Art, Nonesuch Gallery, Huntsville, Alabama.2001 Firsts: The Personal and The Historical, Bare Hands Gallery, Birmingham, Alabama.

2000

Heroines in Troubled Fields, installation, Bare Hands Gallery, Birmingham, Alabama.

Art’s Alive, Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts, Florence Alabama.

1999

 The Rock Beneath the Sand, solo exhibition, Bare Hands Gallery, Birmingham, Alabama.

Artist’s Grant, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass, Colorado

1998

 La Architectura del Nido, solo exhibition, Bare Hands Gallery, Birmingham, Alabama.

The Fourth Floor, A collaborative painting with Joe Ross at The Ferguson Art Gallery at The University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa.

1997 

Shrines: The Sacred and Secular in Contemporary Southern Art, Lenox Square, Atlanta,Georgia

Triumvirate, A Collaborative Installation with Joe Ross and Arthur Price at Bare Hands Gallery, Birmingham, Alabama.

1996

 The Infamous and The Remarkable, solo exhibition, Bare Hands Gallery, Birmingham.

Arts Alive, The Kennedy Douglas Center for the Arts Juried Exhibition, Florence, Alabama. Juror: Georgine Clark.

1995

Ten Book Artists: One of a Kind Artists Books, Maralyn Wilson Gallery Birmingham.

 Traveler’s Feast, The Dr. Pepper Complex. Birmingham. February-March.

The Distance Between Two Hearts, A Collaborative Installation with Marcia Bacon Connolly, The Birmingham Art Association.

The Distance Between Two Hearts, A Collaborative Installation with Marcia Bacon Connolly, The Ferguson Art Gallery at The University of Alabama.

Ardor and Faith, solo exhibition Artomotive, Birmingham.

1994

 Babies on the Moon, solo exhibition, Birmingham Art Association.

1993

To Be… The Kentler International Drawing Space, New York. Curated by Florence Neal.

 Somalia Benefit, A group exhibition of 7 Birmingham artists for International relief, Miyagi Ken, Japan.

1992

 Favorable Bed: A Study in Paradoxical Personae, A collaborative installation with Olsen Ross at The Fifth Gate Arts Center

Winner of Regional Artists Project Grant, The Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans for the exhibition Favorable Bed: A study in Paradoxical Personae.

We Live in a Political World, The Fifth Gate Arts Center. Birmingham. October.

Superstition and Personal Ritual, Curated and Exhibited. The Fifth Gate Arts Center.Birmingham. February 7-28.

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.

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.

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.

1989

The First Annual Flood and Mystic Chamber Salon, SoMo Gallery, Birmingham.

1988

 The Other Side, A Collaborative Installation with Olsen Ross at Space One Eleven.

1987

The Eaten Ones, A group exhibition with Joe Ross and Douglas Baulos at The University of Alabama at Birmingham Visual Arts Gallery.

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.