Sandra "Sandy" Noble, a fiber artist, began creating wall hangings using rug hooking, embroidery stitching, and a variety of threads, yarns, fabrics and found objects. After a very long absence from her artistic endeavors, a quilting class at the Cleveland Museum of Art restored her creative juices. Since 2005, Sandra has been expressing herself using those new quilting techniques along with her mastered use of color, texture, and stitching to present a new creative approach to her abstract and narrative wall art. She hasn't stopped yet.
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Sandra has won numerous awards. Most recent for her wall hanging, “Little Rock Nine,” which was accepted in the Art Quilt exhibit “Still We Rise” presently at National Underground Railroad Museum in Cincinnati, Oh. It travelled to other venues and museums throughout the United States for two years. In March of 2014, she was notified her hanging commemorating Nelson Mandela was accepted into the International Quilt Show in Johannesburg, South Africa, extending her reach outside of the USA.
She has also been exploring fused glass as another art form. Sandra has created jewelry to clocks made by combining of Dichoric and colored glass.
Her Career & Education
Sandra Noble is a career art educator and fiber artist. She has a B.A. from Michigan State University and a M.A. from Cleveland State University and has continued learning at Kent State University and Ohio State University. Sandra started her career in Detroit Public Schools and spent thirty-four years in Cleveland Municipal Schools as an art teacher and visual arts supervisor. After retiring, she returned to Cleveland Municipal Schools to facilitate the development of arts standards. She taught part-time at Cuyahoga Community College and has been an adjunct instructor at Case Western Reserve University since 1998.
Other Professional Activities
Sandra served as co-director of the Cleveland Foundation/UBS Bank summer arts program, as a National Endowment for the Arts teleconference panelist, and as a member of the Arts Education advisory board for the Ohio Department of Education. Sandra also headed a team of music, theatre, dance and visual arts teachers to write a series of interdisciplinary lessons for publication by the Learning Center. She wrote an art history program with transparencies of art masterpieces for fifth and sixth grades to accompany the Adventures in Art textbook series from Davis Publications. Sandra also developed study guides for the Tri-C Showtime at High Noon series. She is an art education consultant and works with schools and arts organizations.
Sandra has been a member of the Ohio Art Education Association for twenty-six years and served a term as secretary. She was an Outstanding Art Teacher for the Northeast Region of OAEA in 2000. In November 2013, she awarded OAEA's top award of “Ohio Art Educator for 2013”.
Through the years, time and energy has also been devoted to her community, where she has lived since 1967 with husband Ronald. She served with the PTA in various roles throughout her daughter and son’s years in Warrensville Heights schools. Sandra was on the Board of Education for sixteen years, twelve and then after an absence of eight years another four. For the last six years, Sandra has worked as the program coordinator at the city's community and senior center. She develops activities for seniors and lately has begun teaching them to fuse glass for jewelry.
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