Biography

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Tracie Noles-Ross was born in 1962 in Birmingham, Alabama where she continues to live and work. Through installations, sculptures, drawings, photographs and paintings, she has been telling stories about her life here in Alabama since the mid-80s. A student of permaculture design, observing urban wildlife, gardening, tending bees, chickens and rabbits and schooling her children–and herself in the ways of creative and holistic living; recurrent subject matter in her work now is often drawn from her family life, her love for her gardens and the urban wilds surrounding her home–a place she calls her Wild Acres.

An amateur naturalist, Tracie Noles-Ross’s current work employs drawing, painting, sculpture and non-traditional media ranging from repurposed materials, natural dyes, photography, sewing and beeswax from her own apiary. Themes within her work revolve around her explorations and contemplative studies of the natural world as well as her domestic life and the fragile wild state between those two worlds. There are layers of materials and metaphors expressing her ideas about universal interdependence as well as the beauty and fragility of the 5 acre wood–the odd little urban biome that is her home. Her works represent a personal celebration of the natural world as well as her personal sense of spirituality and place.

Noles-Ross spent much of 2013 illustrating a new book entitled The Urban Bestiary: Encountering the Everyday Wild by award winning author and naturalist Lyanda Lynn Haupt (forthcoming from Little, Brown in fall, 2013).

Noles-Ross’ paintings and photographs have been published in several magazines over the years including, most recently, feature stories on successful women in B-Metro magazine, and another in Birmingham Weekly. Alabama Gardener published a feature on her art and gardens in the May 2013 issue.

Most recently her work has been featured in shows with themes revolving around sustainable living and nature. These include Reflections of Food in Alabama Art at the Art Folk Gallery in Birmingham and Alabama Signatures: Contemporary Expressions at the Alabama Artists Gallery at the Alabama State Council on the Arts in Montgomery, Alabama.

Her most recent works, the series The Brambly Thicket, will be exhibited at BridgeStreet Gallery & Loft September 12- November 21, 2013.  BridgeStreet Gallery & Loft – Jennifer Gowers, owner.  Bare Hands Inc – Wendy Jarvis, curator.

CURRICULUM VITAE

AWARDS

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.

SELECTED INVITATIONAL EXHIBITIONS

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 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 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

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.

SELECTED SOLO AND TWO ARTIST EXHIBITIONS

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 Joe Ross at The Fifth Gate Arts Center

1988 The Other Side, A Collaborative Installation with Joe Ross at Space One Eleven.

SELECTED GROUP & JURIED EXHIBITIONS

2010 Birmingham Biennial 3. Juror, Dan Cameron of Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans and creator of Project 1

2006-2010 Dia de las Muertos, Bare Hands Gallery, Birmingham, Alabama

2003 Electra, Alabama Power Juried Exhibition, Birmingham, Alabama.

2002-2010 Shine, Bare Hands Gallery, 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.

2001 Breaking Up Winter, Bare Hands Gallery, Birmingham, Alabama.

2000 Art’s Alive, Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts, Florence Alabama.

1998 The Fourth Floor, A collaborative painting with Joe Ross at The Ferguson Art Gallery at The University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa.

1997 Triumvirate, A Collaborative Installation with Joe Ross and Arthur Price at Bare Hands Gallery, Birmingham, Alabama.

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.

RELATED PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2001 Sculpture displayed in the Regiment of Columns in the Alabama Veterans Memorial. Honoring  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.

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