About Noelle

Noelle Garcia

Fine Artist

About Me

Based in the Chicago area, Noelle Garcia is an artist and educator who focuses on themes of identity, family history and recovered narratives in her work. She is an indigenous artist from the Klamath and Paiute 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. Her paintings, drawings, and soft sculptures have been exhibited in galleries and institutions across the United States. Garcia has earned awards and fellowships at various institutions such as the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, the Nevada Arts Council, the Illinois Arts Council, and the American Indian Graduate Center.


University of Nevada Las Vegas


School of the Art Institute of Chicago



Adjunct Faculty

National Louis University

Teaching Artist

Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education (CAPE)

Teaching Artist

School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) Homan Square Program

Guest Speaker

Lake Forest College

Visiting Teaching Artist

Lake Forest College

Teaching Artist

Art Center Highland Park

Visiting Teaching Artist

University of Nevada Las Vegas, Marjorie Barrick Museum

Teaching Artist

Cook County Jail

Adjunct Faculty

University of Nevada Las Vegas

Visiting Teaching Artist

Beauty and Brawn Gallery

Guest Speaker

College of Southern Nevada

Administrative Experience

Program and Research Associate

Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education (CAPE)

Media Coordinator

Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Business

Assistant Curator

City of Las Vegas, Office of Cultural Affairs

Inventory Assistant

School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Computer Resources and Information Technology (CRIT)


American Quarterly Editorial

"All That We Own Is Ourselves"

Arts Everywhere Musagates

"The Feeling: The freedom to Offend/ The Freedom to Say You Hurt Me/ The Hope You Hear Me"

CHUM: A Collection of Comics

"Faded Anchor"

Lust to Dust: A Collection of Comics

"Drink and Always Be"

Drunk: A Comic About Bar Stories

"Domestic Drunk"

Select Exhibitions and Performances

Evanston Art Center

EXTRA: Ordinary, Evanston, IL

Hyde Park Art Center

Extended Self, Chicago, IL

Holland Project

Volcanoes, Reno, NV

Roman Susan

Firsts and Starts, Chicago, IL

Chamber Gallery

Indigenous Journey, Las Vegas, NV

Charleston Heights Art Center

Beads and Thread, Las Vegas, NV

SOIL Art Gallery

Make, Seattle, WA

Mana Contemporary, Ordinary Projects


Craft Works

Beauty and Brawn Gallery, Chicago, IL

Burgeoning Arts

Skull, Reno, NV

5th Wall Gallery

Space//Time//Engagement, Las Vegas, NV

Pop Up Art House

London Biennale, Henderson, NV

Donna Beam Art Gallery

Bring into Being, Las Vegas, NV

Clark County Rotunda Gallery

Dad Dance, Clark County, NV

CCAI Courthouse Gallery

Radiant City, Reno, NV

Winchester Gallery

What You Left Me: Creating Dad Through Artifact, Clark County, NV

Awards, Residencies and Fellowships

Illinois Arts Council

Professional Development Grant

University of Nevada Las Vegas, College of Fine Arts

Alumni Research Grant


Artist Residency


Artist Residency

Nevada Arts Council

Visual Arts Fellowship

Smithsonian, National Museum of the American Indian

Emerging Artist Fellowship

Community Service

ChiSTEAM, Northwestern University & Chicago Public Schools

Arts Integration Curriculum Consultant

Co-prsperity Sphere / Lumpen Radio

Drawing Rally Artist


Residency Application Panelist

Association on American Indian Affairs

Scholarship Panelist

The Neon Museum

Illustrator (Children's Activity Sheet)

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