The Artist

Noah David Wakefield


Noah Wakefield is a Texas-based artist who works primarily in the field of steel sculpture. After high school, he was trained as a high-pressure plate and pipe welder in the United States Navy. Following a decade in service, Noah left the Navy and went on to complete his Bachelor’s degree in government and history at The University of Texas at Austin. Noah grew restless outside of a metal shop, so he started taking blacksmithing classes at Austin Community College. There he learned the fundamentals of forging methods and some of the historical aspects of blacksmithing. After several years of working in his home shop, Noah sought further education with a Master of Fine Arts degree at Texas Tech University with a primary emphasis in sculpture and secondary emphasis in jewelry design and metalsmithing. Noah is currently residing as a Metals Fellow of the Charles Adams Studio Project in Lubbock, Texas. When he is not making sculpture, Noah enjoys spending time outside with his three young sons and his wife of 17 years, Sarah.

EDUCATION

2014-2017 Master of Fine Arts, Sculpture/Jewelry/Metalsmithing – Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

2006-2009 Bachelor of Arts, Government/History – The University of Texas, Austin, Texas

2007-2008 Basic and Advanced Blacksmithing – Austin Community College, Austin, Texas

1997-2006 Specialized Training in High-Pressure and Structural Welding, Leadership, Diversity, Ethics, Communications and Safety – United States Navy

EMPLOYMENT

2017-present Metals Fellow, Charles Adams Studio Project

2012-2014 Artist Blacksmith, Shark’s Tooth Forge

2009-2012 Territory Manager, US Food Service

2007-2008 Texas State Capitol Office Assistant, Representative Jerry Madden, Texas House District 67

2004-2006 Recruiting Station Commander, United States Navy Recruiting District Dallas

2000-2004 Work Center Supervisor, Engineering Department, USS Stout

1997-2000 Welder/Fabricator, USS Frank Cable

EXHIBITIONS

2019 CASPFEST, National Juried Exhibition, Lubbock, Texas

2019 National Ornamental Metal Museum, 40 under 40: The Next Generation of Metal Artists, Memphis, Tennessee

2019 The Medici Circle, 5X7 Annual Fundraiser for Texas Tech Scholarships, Lubbock, Texas

2018 Craft: Presented by the Art League of Hilton Head, Hilton Head, South Carolina

2018 Helen Beiser Memorial Art Show, Seattle Exhibition Center, Seattle, Washington

2018 Five Black Letters: Exhibition of Metal Work by Texas Artists, Lubbock, Texas

2017 Nu Iron Age, Contemporary Forged Art Show, Society of North American Goldsmiths, New Orleans, Louisiana

2017 Ruminations, The Warehouse, Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts, Lubbock, Texas

2016 No Wherehouse, Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts, Lubbock, Texas

2016 West Far West, Chinati Foundation, Marfa, Texas

2015 Helen Beiser Memorial Art Show, Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, San Antonio, Texas

2015 5X7 Art Show, The Medici Circle, Lubbock, Texas

2015 The State of Sculpture, Texas Sculpture Symposium, Lubbock, Texas

2015 Exhibition by Texas Tech University Graduate Students, Louise Hopkins Center for the Arts, Lubbock, Texas

2014 Collaboration, 5&J Gallery, Charles Adams Studio Project, Lubbock, Texas

2014 Dysfunction of Damage, Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts, Lubbock, Texas

2014 Critical Mass Exhibition at Artspace, Shreveport Regional Arts Council, Shreveport, Louisiana

2014 Texas Street Maker’s Fair Juried Show, Shreveport Louisiana

2013 Pop Art Show, Bossier Arts Council, Bossier City, Louisiana

2013 Critical Mass Exhibition at Artspace, Shreveport Regional Arts Council, Shreveport, Louisiana

2013 Texas Street Maker’s Fair Juried Show, Shreveport Louisiana

DEMONSTRATIONS/PRESENTATIONS

2017-18 INTRODUCTION TO BLACKSMITHING classes, Charles Adams Studio Project, Lubbock, Texas

2016 Introduction to welding practices for artists, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

2015 Basic blacksmithing, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

2014 Bronze and aluminum foundry pours, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

2014 Blacksmithing, Highland Open Studio Tours, Shreveport, Louisiana

2013 Lost Art of Blacksmithing, Artist Blacksmiths Association of North America National Conference, Westville Georgia

2013 Blacksmithing, Highland Open Studio Tours, Shreveport, Louisiana

AWARDS

Best in Show, 2019 CASPFEST, National Juried Exhibit, Juror: Christina Rees, Editor-in-Chief of Glasstire

2016 Richard and Sybil Dickey Art Scholarship

2016 Helen Devitt Jones Talent-Based Scholarship

2015 Richard and Sybil Dickey Art Scholarship

2015 Helen Devitt Jones Talent-Based Scholarship

2014 Richard and Sybil Dickey Art Scholarship

2014 Helen Devitt Jones Talent-Based Scholarship

2006 Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal

2006 Navy Good Conduct Medal

2005 Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal

2003 Global War On Terrorism Service Medal

2003 Navy Good Conduct Medal

2002 Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal

2002 Meritorious Unit Commendation

2000 Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal

2000 Navy Good Conduct Medal

1999 Meritorious Unit Commendation  

 

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