Stephen Noyes, an enrolled member of the Colville Confederated Tribes, began his artistic career by sketching with pencils and ink, although watercolors quickly became his favorite form of expression. This led Stephen to attend the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico, from 1963 to 1964. He graduated from Grand Coulee High School, Grand Coulee, Washington, in 1966 and entered the Army that summer.
After serving in Vietnam and Southeast Asia, Stephen moved to Seattle where he apprenticed with an Aleut carver and studied stone, wood, and ivory carving. From 1976 to 1978, Stephen taught carving for the United Indians of All Tribes at three community centers in the Seattle Area. In 1985 he moved to Bellingham, Washington, where he attended Lummi Community College and studied basketry, a skill possessed by his grandmother and great grandmother who both made cedar root baskets. His daughter, Emma, was born that same year and inspired Stephen to learn more about basketry so that he would be able to pass this knowledge to her.
Stephen was one of nine Indian artists featured in the Master's Gallery at the University of Washington Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture as part of the State centennial exhibit, "A Time of Gathering," in Seattle, Washington. He also helped design and construct a diorama of Kettle Falls, Washington, at the Colville Tribal Museum near the Grand Coulee Dam. Stephen has participated in several solo, group, and Tribal art and craft shows throughout Washington State and, some of his carvings are on display at the Okanogan County Museum in Okanogan, Washington.
Biography from U.S. Department of Interior -