Born in Jamaica, Noel Copeland studied at the Jamaica School of Art, Kingston, and received his MFA in Sculpture and Ceramics from the Pratt Institute, School of Art and Design, Brooklyn, NY. He presently lives and works in New York. Copeland, who uses stylized figurative imagery with abstract elements from nature, patterns, and textures, explores the cultural ties of his Caribbean background using diverse materials including painting, drawing, sculpture and ceramics. His work has been included in numerous exhibitions including Tradition and Innovation, Bronx Arts Center, NYC; Tribute to Black History Month, Gallery Annex, NY; and Viva MoNoCo, Kiabundo Gallery, Kobe, Japan. Copeland's public installations include Myth Animals: Forty Ceramic Plaques, at PS 212, Jackson Heights, NY; Displacing Details, MTA - Creative Award, a ceramic mural installation at the East Broadway F Station, NYC; and most recently Leaf of Life a faceted glass installation at the Nereid Avenue train station commissioned by the Metropolitan Transit Authority Arts for Transit program. He is the recipient of many awards including the Arts for Transit Award, Metropolitan Transit Authority, NYC and the Gregory Millard Fellow, New York Foundation for the Arts.

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