Behind The Eyes
The work of Connie Noyes examines the social constructions of idealized beauty and the values assigned to it by transforming inherited, found, forgotten, discarded, and unvalued materials. The paintings, as objects exemplify the existential struggle for existence while questioning the over-determined role beauty plays.
Born in Washington D.C, Noyes is a full time artist who lives and works in Chicago. She received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and MA degree in Psychology from Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont California.
Her work has been shown and collected by many well-respected institutions, galleries and corporations both nationally and internationally including the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, The Ekstrom Library, Photographic Archives in Louisville and The Greenville County Museum of Art in South Carolina. In 2007 she was awarded the Al Smith Fellowship from the Kentucky Arts Council and several professional development grants from 2004-2007.
Her work has been exhibited in locations such as San Francisco, Paris and Innsbruck, but most recently in a solo exhibitions at N’namdi Contemporary in Miami and the Noyes Cultural Center, in an exhibition titled “No Relation”. As one of thirty international painters she was selected to take part in a residency in Dubai, UAE by Emaar International. The work completed during this residency is now part of the company’s permanent collection which hangs in the Dubai Tower. Other residencies include, Tupelo at Greatmore Studios in Cape Town, South Africa; the 6th Annual International Symposium of Art in Bulgaria; the 5th International Visual Arts Symposium in Monastir, Tunisia; and the Visual Arts Festival in Montenegro sponsored by the Association of Fine Arts Belgrade-Serbia and Montenegro. Furthermore, this year (2014) she was awarded a Hatchfund Grant to continue work on the Kiss Project, and a residency at ZK/U in Berlin to extend the project’s reach worldwide.