Trena Noval

Trena Noval’s interdisciplinary work crosses experience design, social practice, science, digital media, community engagement and food adventures. At the heart of her work is the investigation of cultural and natural ecosystems, experiences of everyday life, radical hospitality and research as an art platform. Over the last decade, collaboration has become an important part of her work process. Currently she has been exploring the role of collective thinking and actions in a variety of contexts with others, forming communities of mutual practice.

Noval is the lead artist for Citizen Science and Art: The Native Bee Project, with scientist Gretchen LeBuhn, to explore community based environmental stewardship though design-build projects and backyard science experiences. She is a founding artist of the 3rd Space Lab Collective, a cultural exchange collective with artists from the Bay Area and Bangalore, India and a 2014-2015 Irvine Fellow at the Lucas Artists Residency Program at Montalvo Arts Center, to develop a new series of pop-up academies called Fieldworks Collaborative in collaboration with fellow CCA faculty Ann Wettrich. Her work has been exhibited widely, including most recently at the Oakland Museum of California, National Gallery of Modern Art in Bangalore, India and the Exploratorium Bay Observatory.

Noval has worked nationally in non-profit arts organizations, most notably curator for ten years and Artistic Director for two at San Francisco Camerawork from 1995-2005. She has been a writer on arts and culture for more than 20 years for various national publications and journals. Noval is an active member and researcher for arts learning through Alameda County Alliance for Arts Leadership, and is part of the Studio Thinking Network, a national network of faculty researching studio thinking and practice as a metacognitive lens for learning in the arts. She has published arts learning models for Art 21 case studies, focusing on arts integration through the themes of community and environmental stewardship and has been a Fellow at Project Zero, Harvard University. Noval has served on the Programming Committee for the Headlands Center for the Arts, SF Camerawork, Zero One Festival of Arts on the Edge, the San Jose Public Art Commission and on the Advisory Committee in Programming and Education for Museum of African Diaspora (MoAD) in San Francisco.

3rd Space Lab Collective

Fieldworks Collaborative 

Adjunct Professor, Teaching Concentration

BFA, Tyler School of Art; MFA, Maryland Institute College of Art