“My art is about my life; it is a tangible reflection of deeply held feelings and experiences. I would submit that I am concerned with reality: that I’m, in the largest sense of the word, a realist. I care only about making pictures that reflect strongly felt personal feelings and experiences.” - Noyes Capehart - American Artist Magazine
Noyes Capehart (Long) was born in Nashville, Tennessee, on December 13, 1933. He grew up in the small Nashville suburb of Old Hickory, a small factory town on the Cumberland River. Following high school, he attended the University of the South (Sewanee), before transferring to Auburn University to pursue a major in illustration. After completing the degree program in 1958, he sold his treasured MG-TD, and moved to New York City where he took a position as a guard at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He remained with the museum until mid-December of 1960 when an unexpected temporary teaching offer from Auburn prompted his return to the South.
Knowing that a master’s level degree would be required for a college level teaching career, he entered the graduate program at The University of Missouri in 1963, majoring in printmaking. He remained at the university following the completion of his graduate studies as an instructor. In 1967 he assumed a teaching position at The University of Mississippi in Oxford. Appalachian State University lured Noyes to Boone, North Carolina with a teaching position in 1969, and he remained with the university until his retirement in 1997.
In January of 2008, Director Morgan Potts and a film crew from UNC-TV spent three days in the High Country filming and interviewing Capehart for a planned Our State segment on my Private Diary Series. A major portion of filming was done at a selected site between Boone and West Jefferson, a deserted house that he has painted several times during his forty years of residence in Watauga County.