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Art Educator Brandy Noody accepts the Minx M. Auerbach Award from Through the Flower board member and daughter of Minx M. Auerbach, Penny A. Friedberg on July 11, 2012 at the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Brookyn Museum.

Brandy Noody Bio
I have been an art educator for the Fredonia Central School District, in Fredonia, New York, for thirteen years. During my tenure at Fredonia, I have had the opportunity to teach at various grade levels: K-2, 6-8, and 9-12. Each grade level holds a special place in my heart, however, I feel the most professionally fulfilled teaching at the high school level. For the last six years I have been honored to teach studio in art 1 and 2, painting, and ceramics at the high school level. Working with older students has allowed me to bring my own artistic expertise in painting and ceramics into my classroom. Sharing my personal artwork and artistic practice with my students is an integral part of my teaching.

In November of 2010, I was awarded National Board Certification in Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood Art. To achieve this advanced teaching credential, I completed 10 assessments that were reviewed by trained teachers in my certificate area. The assessments included four portfolio entries that featured my teaching practice and six constructed response exercises that assessed my content knowledge. The National Board Certification process was the most meaningful professional development I have had the opportunity to engage in. It taught me to deeply reflect on my teaching practice, which continues to strengthen it today.

As a lifelong student, I continue to look for ways to expand my knowledge. I was a participant in the 2011 Dinner Party Institute. What drew me to the Institute was the opportunity to see The Dinner Party in person and to meet Judy Chicago. What I left the Institute with was inspiration and a mission to share this important artwork with others.

I am the mother of two young boys, Hunter (7) and Colden (5). I enjoy sharing my love of art with my children and am hopeful that they will have access to quality art education programs throughout their school years. My husband, Brian, is a professional taxidermist. Even though he works with a non-traditional medium, he is an artist in his own right. In my free time, I enjoy making art of all kinds, gardening, cooking, and spending time with my family.

2014 Minx M. Auerbach Award Recipients: Carrie Jeruzal & Connie Lavelle

2013 Minx M. Auerbach Award Recipient: Jennifer Mazziotta-Walter

2011 Minx M. Auerbach Award Recipient: Deborah Filbin

2010 Minx M. Auerbach Award Recipient: Andrea Reich



Brandy Noody (left) accepts her award from Through the Flower board member and daughter of Minx M. Auerbach, Penny A. Friedberg.


Brandy Noody (left) pictured with Judy Chicago.



The Minx M. Auerbach Award for Excellence in Education
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Offered by Kutztown University, in partnership with Through the Flower, a nonprofit feminist art
organization founded by Judy Chicago, and with co-sponsor, the National Art Education Association.

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