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 Angela Babby  (1964 - )

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Lived/Active: Montana/Arizona      Known for: glass mosaic Indian, landscape and portrait painting, murals

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BIOGRAPHY for Angela Babby
1964 (Everett, Washington)

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glass mosaic Indian, landscape and portrait painting, murals

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A recipient of the 2006 Southwestern Association of Indian Arts Fellowship, Angela Babby is a an artist whose specialty has become glass mosaics, although she also does acrylic and oil portrait and landscape painting, stained glass and decorative murals. 

Angela Babby is a member of the Oglala Lakota Sioux Tribe and was inspired to work with mosaics when she saw a "collection of centuries old glasswork on a trip to Paris."  Her first projects with mosaics were focused on portraits of her ancestors.  She says:  "Glass is my true passion, though I also do pottery, carving, painting, and even copper-pounding."

Babby was born in Billings, Montana.  She lived for a decade in Arizona and then moved to Billings, Montana where her studio is in her home.  She is using her Fellowship money to buy a kiln controller and purchase more glass "to expand her palette".

Editor, "On the Rise", Southwest Art, August 2006, p. 172

Biography from Blue Coyote Gallery:

Angela Babby was born in Everett, Washington where her father was employed with the Bureau of Indian Affairs.  The family is from Pine Ridge, South Dakota, where Angela is an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux tribe.  By the time she was in high school in Oregon Angela was committed to a career in art.

After earning her degree in art at Montana State University-Billings in 1990 she returned to the Seattle area where she was featured in her first single artist show, an exhibit of watercolor paintings at the Virginia Inn.

In 1993, while living in Portland, Oregon, she began pursuing a different medium -stained glass. This medium soon became here "true passion".  In 1995 she visited Arizona while on vacation and decided to move there within a month.  An Arizona resident since then, she claims the driving force behind her work is the use of available raw materials combined with her personal skills and insights to inspire and influence others.  In her own words:

"We are all connected if we choose to notice.  What we think and create makes a great deal of difference in the big picture.  We each affect our world in a tangible way."

Angie is also a very talented decorative painter.

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