The technique of etching evolved during the middle ages as a means of decorating armor worn by soldiers. By the seventeenth century, the process emerged as a means of reproducing images on paper. Over the past three centuries major artists such as Rembrandt, Piranesi, Goya and Picasso have made significant contributions through the process.
Noyes Capehart made his first etching in 1958 while an undergraduate art major at Auburn University. He attained a master’s degree from The University of Missouri in 1963 with a major in printmaking (emphasis on etching). He headed the printmaking program at the University of Mississippi from 1967-69, before coming to Appalachian State University in 1969. Noyes retired from ASU in 1997, after teaching printmaking and making etchings over a thirty-two-year period.
Noyes Capehart has won numerous awards for his etchings. They have been exhibited at The Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City, The Brooklyn Museum, The North Carolina Museum of Art, the Mint Museum, and The Greenville Museum. His etchings have been included in numerous adjudicated national and regional competitive exhibitions.