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Children's Museum exhibit features Nancy Noël's paintings

Nancy with her painting "The Unreasonable Now."


NOTE: There are only a few days left to view this stunning exhibit of Nancy Noel's paintings. Don't miss out on this event -- last day is Jan. 9.


The gentle, often whimsical paintings of Hoosier artist Nancy Noël can be found in many homes around Indiana and, indeed, the world.

Her images are predominantly of animals, children, angels, Native Americans and the Amish. You can almost tell a Nancy Noël painting without even looking at the signature.

Her 10-acre Zionsville farm had many different types of animals, including a llama that lived in her home. She would open up her farm to children with disabilities, treating them to the experience of interacting with her horses, chickens, dogs, a pig and an emu.

"The Messenger"

Nancy Noël died of cancer in August 2020. But she leaves a legacy of iconic paintings that are part of a new exhibit at The Children's Museum of Indianapolis.

The Paintings of N. A. Noël exhibit runs through January 9, 2022, at the museum, 3000 N. Meridian Street, 46208. Noël’s two sons, Alexander and Michael Noël-Kosene, proposed The Children’s Museum "as a place where admirers and those not as familiar with her wide spectrum of work, especially children, could visit and learn more about their mother and her art," according to a press release.


“Of all the museums that would be good for this, The Children’s Museum was the appropriate place to celebrate Nancy. Not only because of her long history that she has with the museum, but also because of her focus on children,” said Alexander Noël- Kosene.

More than 40 of Noël’s works are on display. Her sons and The Children’s Museum selected pieces both huge and small to show her evolution as an artist, her diversity of styles and processes, her famous works and her lesser known newer pieces and above all says her son Alex, pieces that provoke family discussions and engagement.

Children and families get a glimpse of how and where Noël worked when they observe a re-creation of her Zionsville studio. It features an easel with one of her works-in-progress titled "African Boy," the chair she used while painting and many of her personal art supplies and tools. After studying Noël’s work, families may participate in three self-guided activities including creating family portraits or sketching objects that belonged to Noël and appear in some of her paintings.


The Paintings of N.A. Noël exhibit is made possible by support from Herbert Simon Family Foundation.


Check out the video "Nancy Noel: In Her Own Words" where she speaks about becoming an artist:


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