Tracie Noles-Ross is a multidisciplinary storyteller living and working in Birmingham, Alabama. She holds a B.A. from the University of Alabama in Birmingham. She became a member of the Ground Floor Contemporary Art collective in 2018 where she has shown in several exhibitions curated by artists like Sara Garden Armstrong, Miriam Omura and Ty Smith. She was in a featured artist exhibition there with artists Ashley Wingo and Emily Rice. She became a member of the Alabama chapter of the Women’s Caucus for art in 2018 and in the summer of 2019 was selected for the ALWCA juried member exhibition Unbound at Lowe Mill. Noles-Ross was the featured artist of the 12th annual Moss Rock Arts Festival. She illustrated The Urban Bestiary: Encountering the Everyday Wild by award winning author and naturalist Lyanda Lynn Haupt (published by Little, Brown).
Works on permanent display in Birmingham, Alabama include Poustinia, a conceptual installation commissioned by and created for the Red Mountain Community School, Letters Home, a low relief sculpture displayed in the Regiment of Columns in the Alabama Veterans Memorial and Back to Nature, displayed at the Lister Hill Library on the campus of UAB, a public art project of the Alabama Psychological Association Foundation. Noles-Ross received an Award of Excellence from 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. She is a recipient of an Artist’s Grant, from Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass, Colorado and a Regional Artists Project Grant from The Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans.
Noles-Ross’ work was recently included in B18: Wiregrass Biennial, Wiregrass Museum of Art, Dothan, Alabama, and she is the 1st place winner of PaperWorkers Local’s second annual juried exhibition ‘Water of Alabama,’ a juried response to Marianne Nicholson’s Birmingham Museum of Art exhibition ‘Waterline,‘ Graham C. Boettcher, PhD, the R. Hugh Daniel Director of the Birmingham Museum of Art, juror. Her work Do Unto Others Downstream, a mixed media commentary on environmental conditions along a tributary of the Black Warrior River, earned her the honor of being featured in a one woman exhibition titled, Madwoman in the Woods at PaperWorkers Local in Birmingham in October of 2019.
Noles-Ross’ method of making employs a range of techniques and materials to create objects and installations that reflect her observational studies of the natural world, and her place in that world. Using found objects and natural materials, she creates layered mixed media imagery, explores ideas about her personal history, the body in nature, the precariousness of human relationships to nature and each other within the constructs of southern culture. Through the merging of mythology, ecology and storytelling, she examines how identity and personal narratives are defined by the land, history and the mythic imagination. The scraping away and rearranging of materials in the recent work is an analogy for the process of defining ourselves through remembrances and the conscious and deliberate act of making new choices.
(selected exhibitions, awards and publications)
Tales from the Brambly Thicket Solo exhibition at Paperworkers Local in Birmingham, Alabama (Forthcoming in October 2019).
MINT Summer Invitational at the MET, Curator Jessica Helfrecht, MINT Gallery, Atlanta Georgia. (Forthcoming in August 2019)
Unbound: A Juried Member Exhibition with Alabama Women’s Caucus for Art at Lowe Mill ARTS and Entertainment. Juror: Maria Spies, director of the ceramic arts program at the Eastern Shore Art Center in Fairhope, Alabama.
Connections curated by Ty Smith of Department of Art & Art History at the University of Alabama at Birmingham at Ground Floor Contemporary Gallery, Birmingham, Alabama.
Making Room: Stories about Ghosts with Ashley Wingo and Emily Rice, Ground Floor Contemporary Gallery, Birmingham, Alabama (September 2018).
Poustinia, a permanent site specific art installation at The Red Mountain Community School in Birmingham, Alabama.
Water of Alabama, PaperWorkers Local’s second annual juried exhibition, Birmingham, Alabama. First place winner. Juror: Graham C. Boettcher, PhD, the R. Hugh Daniel Director of the Birmingham Museum of Art.
B18: Wiregrass Biennial, Wiregrass Museum of Art, Dothan, Alabama Jurors: Elizabet Elliott, Curator of Programs at the Mobile Museum of Art, and Jackie Clay, Director of the Coleman Center for the Arts in York, Alabama. (July-September 2018).
Night Festival, Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve, Birmingham, Alabama (July 2018)
A Look at Us: a juried exhibition, Juror: Sara Garden Armstrong, Daisie Hoitsma and Miriam Omura, Ground Floor Contemporary Gallery in Birmingham, Alabama.
Ink Only, Juror: Katie Baldwin, Assistant Professor of Art 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.
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.
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 illustrates 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).
Reflections of Food in Alabama Art, Art Folk Gallery, Birmingham, Alabama. Curator: John Lytle Wilson.
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.
Heads Up Alabama, traveling exhibition, 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
Dia de las Muertos, Bare Hands Gallery, Birmingham, Alabama
Honey in My Eye, New Works by Tracie Noles-Ross and Wendi Flowers, Bare Hands Gallery, Birmingham, Alabama.
New Works by Tracie Noles-Ross and Wendi Flowers, Bare Hands Gallery,Birmingham, Alabama.
Calliope’s Moon New Works by Tracie Noles-Ross, Bare Hands Gallery, Birmingham, Alabama.
Electra, Alabama Power Juried Exhibition, Birmingham, Alabama.
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.
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 installed in the Regiment of Columns at 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.
Heroines in Troubled Fields, installation, Bare Hands Gallery, Birmingham, Alabama.
Art’s Alive, Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts, Florence Alabama.
The Rock Beneath the Sand, solo exhibition, Bare Hands Gallery, Birmingham, Alabama.
Artist’s Grant, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass, Colorado
La Architectura del Nido, solo exhibition, Bare Hands Gallery, Birmingham, Alabama.
The Fourth Floor, A collaborative painting with Olsen Ross at The Ferguson Art Gallery at The University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa.
Shrines: The Sacred and Secular in Contemporary Southern Art, Lenox Square, Atlanta,Georgia
Triumvirate, A Collaborative Installation with Olsen Ross and Arthur Price at Bare Hands Gallery, Birmingham, Alabama.
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.
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.
Babies on the Moon, solo exhibition, Birmingham Art Association.
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.
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.
Filling The Dream Organ, An FMC Installation, The Fifth Gate Arts Center.
The Age Of Nimbus Monsters, An FMC Installation, Converted Birmingham storefront.
The Second Annual Flood and Mystic Chamber Salon, 10.2.4 Gallery, Birmingham.
Co-founder of The Fifth Gate Arts Center Exhibition and Artist Studio Co-op. Curator of exhibitions and organizer of studio co-operative.
The First Annual Flood and Mystic Chamber Salon, SoMo Gallery, Birmingham.
The Other Side, a collaborative installation with Olsen Ross at Space One Eleven.
The Eaten Ones, a group exhibition with Olsen 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.
Reynolds, Michelle. “Making Art With Needle and Thread.” Two artists combine textiles and storytelling, HGTV, Jan. 2019, www.hgtv.com/design/make-and-celebrate/handmade/embroidering-stories–making-art-with-needle-and-thread-pictures.
“I Create Birmingham: Tracie Noles-Ross.” Create Birmingham, 8 Nov. 2017, createbirmingham.org/i-create-
Massouleh, Tara. “Moss Rock Festival Featured Artist Uses Nature and Women as Inspiration in Art.” AL.com, AL.com, 1 Nov. 2017, www.al.com/bhammag/2017/11/moss_rock_festival_featured_ar.html.
Reed, Emily “Weaving The Everyday Into Art” Hoover’s Magazine, 24 Oct. 2017,www.hooversmagazine.com/why-tracie-noles-ross-was-chosen-as-2017s-featured-artist-of-moss-rock/.
Walden, Rebecca. “Artist Tracie Noles-Ross and Her Family Are Living and Learning from the Land.” B-Metro Magazine., b-metro.com/into-the-woods/4809/.