In commemoration of Noah's Centennial, the Noah Purifoy Foundation will be offering docent-guided tours to the general public! We will be announcing new tour dates in the coming weeks on this website and on our Instagram and Facebook pages.
Our docent, Cathy Allen, is a former colleague of Noah's, a local artist, and professor of Fine Arts at Copper Mountain College in Joshua Tree, California. We are also fortunate to have Sue Welsh, cofounder of the Noah Purifoy Foundation, serve as docent when needed. (see both bios below).
The tours last approximately one hour and are limited to 30 guests.
Cathy Allen Bio:
Cathy collaborated with Noah and continues to explore a variety of traditional and nontraditional media as an artist. Currently, rusted and weathered materials collected from the Mojave Desert inspire three-dimensional sculpture and site-specific installations. Conceptual themes that relate to the domestic and the temporal are prominent. Though primarily an assemblage sculptor, she has also created earthworks, altered books, and performance works. For the past twenty-five years, her work has been displayed in galleries and venues in San Diego, Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Palm Springs, California. It is collected and privately owned worldwide. Allen holds a duel career as a professor of Fine Arts at Copper Mountain College. Her Masters in Fine Arts degree comes from The Claremont Graduate University and Bachelors in Fine Arts degree from Otis/Parsons Art Institute. She is active with regional arts organizations such as the Palm Springs Art Museum and their Artists Council, as well as the Arts Connection of San Bernardino County, and the historical 29 Palms Art Guild.
Sue A. Welsh Bio:
NPF trustee and co-founder, Sue met and collaborated with Noah Purifoy in the 1960s when Noah was the first director of the Watts Towers Art Center. When Noah resigned from the California Arts Council in 1987, Sue represented him and provided a space in Los Angeles, Tara’s Hall, for his artworks to be seen and sold. With increasing national attention to his Joshua Tree desert art museum, Sue suggested establishing a foundation to support his artistic practice and legacy. Together Sue and Noah started NPF in 1999 as a private, non-profit, all volunteer organization, now in its 18th year. In 2015, Sue initiated NPF’s urban arts program and curriculum for middle school students drawing upon Noah’s principles of the art process. It’s called Gil Friesen Art Day, named in memory of Friesen, NPF emeritus trustee and donor. The full day includes a docent tour of Noah’s museum, lunch and a windshield bus tour through Joshua Tree National Park for South Los Angeles students and staff.
Private Group Tours
Docent-guided group tours for school and museum groups may be arranged by advance reservation. For more information please contact the Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org