Noelle Garcia

Noelle Garcia is an artist who focuses on themes of identity, family history and recovered narratives in her work. She grew up in the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony and traces her bloodline on her father’s side to Oregon's Klamath Tribes. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and her Master of Fine Arts from the University of Nevada Las Vegas, and is the recipient of awards that include the American Indian Graduate Center Elizabeth Furbur Fellowship, the Emilie Hesmeyer Memorial Award and the Barna Memorial Award. Noelle works with a variety of media including fiber, beadwork, sculpture, basketry and painting. She also uses old family photos, including those taken during visits to see her father in prison when she was a child. Her father was convicted of murder at the age of 25 and spent the majority of his life in prison, where he died when Noelle was 13. He remains a central figure in her creative process.

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