Noreen Naughton was born in Schenectady, New York. She studied at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, where she received a BA in studio art in 1967 and the MEd in art education in 1974. She has done graduate work in drawing, painting and sculpture at Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, and the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture in New York City, and post-graduate work in drawing and painting at the International School of Art in Umbria, Italy. She completed studies for the MFA in painting at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa in 1979.  

Noreen has recently retired as Professor Emeritus of Art from Kapiʻolani Community College, University of Hawaiʻi, where she taught drawing and painting, served as visual arts coordinator and initiated the New Media Arts program. For eight summers between 1989 to 2001, Noreen also organized and led drawing and painting tours in Europe as part of the college’s study abroad program. She was awarded the University of Hawaiʻi Board of Regents' Excellence in Teaching Award in 1994.  

Currently Noreen is a full-time artist, painting in her studio overlooking Kāneʻohe Bay on the Windward side of Oʻahu, Hawai‘i. Noreen has had numerous solo exhibitions in Hawai'i and is represented in local, national and international collections, including the Hawaiʻi State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, and the Honolulu Museum of Art. In addition to her activities as a visual artist, she has also been a professional cellist with the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra.

In 2015 Noreen was invited, with Martica Sawin, to present a lecture at the New York Studio School, New York City, titled “The Art and Teachings of Nicolas Carone,” based on her manuscript: The Teachings of Nicolas Carone, Master Artist Teacher: Narratives, Critiques and Conversations from 1969 to 2010. Recently she was Artist-in-Residence at Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park for the month of October 2016, sponsored by the National Parks Arts Foundation, and in January to February 2018, had an exhibition at the Koa Art Gallery at Kapiʻolani Community College, titled Nicolas Carone/Noreen Naughton: Sharing the Knowledge, as part of the Carone Centennial Celebration.



2018     Carone/Naughton: Sharing the Knowledge

          The Koa Gallery, Kapi‘olani Community College, Honolulu, Hawaiʻi

2016     Noreen Naughton, Landscape Paintings

          Ōhiʻa Wing Lobby, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, Hawai‘i

2011     Noreen Naughton, Intervals

          Andrew Rose Gallery, Honolulu, Hawai‘i

2009     Sharing the Knowledge, Naughton, Chou, Lee, Sakamoto, Yamamoto, Young

          The Koa Gallery, Kapi‘olani Community College, Honolulu, Hawai‘i

2008     Noreen Naughton: The Forest Series

          Hawai‘i Pacific University Art Gallery, Kāneʻohe, Hawai‘i

     The Landscape: Works by Mary Mitsuda, Noreen Naughton, Sharon Sussman, Debbie Young

          Second Floor @ Cedar Street Galleries, Honolulu, Hawai‘i

2007     Light, Trees, and Ocean Edge, Paintings by Noreen Naughton

          The Art Treasures Gallery, Honolulu, Hawai‘i

     Noreen Naughton & Paul Nash

          Gallery ‘Iolani, Windward Community College, Kāne‘ohe, Hawai’i

2006     3 Perspectives: Plein Air Painting – Noreen Naughton, Mary Mitsuda, Sharon Sussman

               Louis Pohl Gallery, Honolulu, Hawai‘i

2005     Noreen Naughton – Window Series, Paul Nash – Bullet Forms

               The Koa Gallery, Kapi‘olani Community College, Honolulu, Hawai‘i

2000     Angels and Bottles: New Work by Noreen Naughton

               Academy Art Center, Honolulu, Hawai‘i

1997     New Work by Noreen Naughton

               The Koa Gallery, Kapi‘olani Community College, Honolulu, Hawaiʻi

1994     Reflecting Light - Noreen Naughton, Paintings; Jan McWilliams, Computer Prints

               The Gallery on the Pali, Honolulu, Hawaiʻi

1993     Recent Paintings - Noreen Naughton

               Che Pasta Cafe, Honolulu, Hawaiʻi

1992     Landscape Paintings from Italy, Ireland and Hawai‘i

               Che Pasta, Honolulu, Hawaiʻi

1991     Recent Work

               The Art Treasures Gallery, Honolulu, Hawaiʻi

1988     Recent Still Life Paintings by Noreen Naughton

               Royal Culture Arts Gallery, Honolulu, Hawaiʻi

1985     Berkshire Paintings - Noreen Naughton

               Soho Too Gallery, Honolulu, Hawaiʻi

1985     Recent Works - Rodney Chang, Sculptures; Noreen Naughton, Paintings

               Marinda Lee Gallery, Hawai'i Loa College, Kāneʻohe, Hawaiʻi

1979     Landscape Studies - Pat Catlett, Mel Flanagan, Noreen Naughton

               Campus Center Gallery, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Honolulu, Hawaiʻi

1979     Paintings by Noreen Naughton

               Downtown Gallery, Honolulu, Hawaiʻi

1978     Three Contemporary Painters - Charles Yuen, Alan Leitner and Noreen Naughton

               Foyer Gallery, Leeward Community College, Pearl City, Hawaiʻi  


2019   Bowery Gallery's 28th Annual Juried Show

                     Bowery Gallery, New York City, Juror: Ro Lohin

2018     NYSS: West Coast Connections

          Hackett Mill, San Francisco, California  Juror: Karen Wilkin

2017     Contemporary Artists from Hawaii

          Imago mundi project, Venice, Italy.  Curator: Jennifer Karch Verze

2013     On Paper II

          Andrew Rose Gallery, Honolulu, Hawai‘i

     Contemporary Hawaiian Landscape Painting

          Andrew Rose Gallery, Honolulu, Hawai‘i     

2012     On Paper

          Andrew Rose Gallery, Honolulu, Hawai‘i     


          Andrew Rose Gallery, Honolulu, Hawai‘i     

2011     The Sketch Book Show: Origins

          Koa Art Gallery, Kapi‘olani Community College, Honolulu, Hawai‘i

     Loose Women

          Fishcake Gallery, Honolulu, Hawai‘i

2010     E‘E

          Andrew Rose Gallery, Honolulu, Hawai‘i

2009     Choice Art 2

          The Pegge Hopper Gallery, Honolulu, Hawai‘i

          Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce “Commitment to Excellence” Art Exhibition

          Academy Art Center, Honolulu, Hawai‘i

          Aloha Hoʻomaluhia 25

          Gallery ‘Iolani, Kaneohe, Hawai’i, Hawai‘i

2005     Thirteen Years of Painting at the Koa Gallery

               The Koa Gallery, Kapi‘olani Community College Honolulu, Hawai‘i

2005 to 2011

          Matchbox Plus

                    Cedar Street Galleries, Honolulu, Hawaiʻi

2002     Hauʻoli La Hanau: They Say It’s Your Birthday: Happy 75th, An Invitational Exhibition

               Honolulu Academy of Arts, Honolulu, Hawai‘i

          Response and Remembrance, a Juried Exhibition Concerning the Events of September 11, 2001 & the Aftermath

               The Koa Gallery, Kapi‘olani Community College, Honolulu, Hawai‘i

1999     Matter of Heart

                    Peggy Hopper Gallery, Honolulu, Hawai‘i

1998 to 2010

          Mixed Media Miniature Show - An Annual Invitational

                    The Koa Gallery, Kapi‘olani Community College, Honolulu, Hawai‘i

1998     So Long Salon

                    The Honolulu Advertiser Gallery, Honolulu, Hawai‘i

1997     Art & Spirituality, Sacred Space

                    Gallery on the Pali, Honolulu, Hawai‘i

          Agitating Utopia:Accomplishments of Cranbrook Academy of Art alumni

               The Crafts and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, California

1996 to 2007

          Showcase, a Benefit for the Honolulu Academy of Arts

               Honolulu Academy of Arts, Honolulu, Hawai‘i

1990     Gaia Hawaiʻi 1990, A Benefit Exhibition

                    The Honolulu Advertiser, Honolulu, Hawai‘i

1986     Flora Hoʻomaluhia

                    Hoʻomaluhia Botanical Gardens Gallery, Hoʻomaluhia, Kāneʻohe, Hawai‘i

1985 to 1999, 2004 to 2010, 2017, 2018

          Aloha Hoʻomaluhia I - XV, XX – XXVI, XXXIII, XXXIV

               Hoʻomaluhia Botanical Gardens Gallery, Hoʻomaluhia, Kāneʻohe, Hawai‘i

1982, 1983, 1985, 1994, 1996, 1997, 2011

          Artists of Hawai‘i

               Honolulu Academy of Arts, Honolulu, Hawai‘i


Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park, Hawaiʻi

Honolulu Museum of Art, Honolulu, Hawai‘i     

Ho‘omaluhia Botanical Gardens, Kāne‘ohe, Hawai‘i

Kapi‘olani Community College, Honolulu, Hawai‘i

State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, Honolulu, Hawai‘i

University of Hawaii Foundation, Honolulu, Hawai‘i



Satoru Abe, Honolulu, Hawai‘i

Michael Bortman, Los Angeles, California

Chris and Melissa Benjamin, Honolulu, Hawai‘i

Paul Bennett, Honolulu, Hawaiʻi

Dr. Kevin Brogan and Siobhan Maher, Kilkenny, Ireland

Dr. Deborah Buccigrossi, Kailua, Hawai‘i

Bob and Adella Buss, Honolulu, Hawai‘i

Gerry and Philip Ching, Honolulu, Hawai‘i

Hank Chapin, Honolulu, Hawai‘i

Dr. Rick Cicinelli, San Carlos, California

Cathy Cooke, Honolulu, Hawai‘i

Jeffrey Davis, Honolulu, Hawaiʻi

Jennifer and Jon Ellis, Santa Cruz, California

Dr. Georges Florsheim, Zurich, Switzerland

Dr. Jeff and Linda Fong, San Francisco, California

Kage & Pian Gimtell, Malmo, Sweden

Mrs. Robert Kemble, Honolulu, Hawai‘i

Janek Konarski, Hong Kong

Judge Evelyn Lance, Honolulu, Hawai‘i

Dr. Howard Liljestrand, Honolulu, Hawai‘i

Dr. K.Y. Lum, Honolulu, Hawai‘i

Berndt and Monica Lundqvist, Lulea, Sweden

Michael Molloy, Honolulu, Hawai‘i

Dr. and Mrs. Ed Montell, Hilo, Hawai‘i

Anthony and Noreen Murphy, Mullingar, Ireland

Alex and Frances Pickens, Honolulu, Hawai‘i

Alice Robinson, Makaweli, Kauaʻi

Richard and Judyann Roblee, Iphogen, Germany

Daniele & Sandra Scarpa, Venice, Italy          

Nita Shulman, Ventura, California

Arnold Suzumoto, Honolulu, Hawai‘i

Masami Teraoka and Lynda Hess, Waimanalo, Hawai‘i

Libby Tomar, Kailua, Hawai‘i     

Richard Vuylsteke, Honolulu, Hawaiʻi     

Florence Webster, Kailua, Hawai‘i

Alex and Naomi Weinstein, Honolulu, Hawai‘i

Kenneth Wilson, Honolulu, Hawai‘i


2018     “Noreen Naughton: Living Out The Legacy Of Carone,” MaryAnne Long, February 7

          East O’ahu Voice, MidWeek, Honolulu, Hawai‘i

2015     “Best of the Islands: Exceptional Talent,” Kai Anderson, March/April issue

          Modern Luxury Hawai‘i, Honolulu, Hawai‘i

2011     “The Art of Species,” Shantel Grace, November 2

          The Honolulu Weekly, Honolulu, Hawai‘i

2009     “Continuum, retired art professor Noreen Naughton exhibits with five former students,” Joleen Oshiro, March 1

          The Honolulu Star-bulletin, Honolulu, Hawai‘i

     “Mysterious Pursuits,” Marcia Morse, March 4

          Honolulu Weekly, Honolulu, Hawaiʻi     

2008     “Plein art forest,” Marcia Morse, October 15

          Honolulu Weekly, Honolulu, Hawaiʻi

     “9 Hawai‘i Artists to Collect,” Andrew Rose, March issue

          The Honolulu Magazine, Honolulu, Hawai‘i

     “The Landscape,” Joleen Oshiro, February 24

          The Honolulu Star-bulletin, Honolulu, Hawai‘i

2007     “In Harmony, Artist composes paintings like music,” Sue Kiyabu, December 23

          The Honolulu Advertiser, Honolulu, Hawaiʻi

     “Dynamic elegance,” Joleen Oshiro, September 23

          The Honolulu Star-Bulletin, Honolulu, Hawaiʻi

2006     “Outside perspective,” Marcia Morse, September 20

          The Honolulu Weekly, Honolulu, Hawaiʻi

2003     “Mini-scapes impress at downtown show,” David Farmer, November 30

          The Honolulu Advertiser, Honolulu, Hawaiʻi

2000     “Hawaii painter combines heavenly with mundane,” Virginia Wageman, March 12

          The Honolulu Advertiser, Honolulu, Hawaiʻi

1997     “Noreen Naughton,” Deb Aoki, December 14

          The Honolulu Advertiser, Honolulu, Hawaiʻi

1992     “Noreen Naughton, Landscape Paintings from Italy, Ireland and Hawai‘i,” Joan Rose, February 23

          The Sunday Star-Bulletin & Advertiser, Honolulu, Hawaiʻi

1989     “Group exhibition records beauty of Hoʻomaluhia Garden setting,” Marcia Morse, May 21

          The Sunday Star-Bulletin & Advertiser, Honolulu, Hawaiʻi

1987     “Inspired by threatened idyll: Painters, Photographers celebrate a Windward paradise” Marcia Morse, May 17

          The Sunday Star-Bulletin & Advertiser, Honolulu, Hawaiʻi

1986     “Vistas From a Hidden Park,” Marcia Morse, May 4

          The Sunday Star-Bulletin & Advertiser, Honolulu, Hawaiʻi

1979     “Pure Art,” Frank Stewart, May

          The Honolulu Star-Bulletin, Honolulu, Hawaiʻi


1996     The Watumull Foundation Purchase Award

          Honolulu Academy of Arts, Honolulu, Hawaiʻi

1995     NISOD Excellence Award

          National Institute of Staff and Organizational Development, Austin, Texas     

            The Senate of the State of Hawai‘i Resolution Congratulating Noreen Naughton, Associate Professor of Art at Kapi‘olani Community College, in                                                  Receiving an Excellence in Teaching Award, March 10, 1995

          Sponsored by Senator Carol Fukunaga, State Capital, Honolulu, Hawai‘i

1994     The Dewey Kim Award for Professional Development

          Kapi‘olani Community College, Honolulu, Hawaiʻi

          The University of Hawai‘i Board of Regents’ Excellence in Teaching Award

          Kapi‘olani Community College, Honolulu, Hawaiʻi

1979     Purchase Award

          The State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, Honolulu, Hawaiʻi


2018     Conversation Between Noreen Naughton and Paul Levitt about Nicolas Carone, Jan. 22, Feb. 12

          Visiting Lecture Series for Studio Fine Arts at KCC

          Koa Gallery, Kapiʻolani Community College, Honolulu, Hawaiʻi

2016     Artist-in-Residence, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, Month of October

          Sponsored by the National Parks Arts Foundation with funding from The National Endowment for the Arts                                             

     Noreen Naughton, Painter: Influences and Inspiration, Oct. 18

          After Dark in the Park, Kīlauea Visitors Center, HVNP, Hawaiʻi

     En Plein Air Painting: Composition, Oct. 8

          Ōhiʻa Wing Lobby, HVNP, Hawaiʻi

     En Plein Air Painting: Light and Color, Oct. 22

          Ōhiʻa Wing Lobby, HVNP, Hawaiʻi

2015     The Art and Teaching of Nicolas Carone, March 4

          A lecture with Martica Sawin, New York Studio School, New York, New York

          Based on Noreenʻs manuscript titled: The Teachings of Nicolas Carone, Master Artist

          Teacher: Narratives, Critiques, and Conversations from 1969 to 2010,

2002     Drawing in Italy

          Lecture presentation for the Friends of Italy Society of Hawaiʻi, Pākī Hale, Honolulu, Hawaiʻi

1995     Drawing Workshop, in conjunction with the Artist’s Hand, Drawings from the BankAmerica Collection, Nov. 11

          The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, Hawaiʻi

1995     Italian Renaissance Art Through the Eyes of Contemporary Hawai‘i Artists, July 8                     

                    University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Summer Sessions, sponsored by the Hawaiʻi Committee for the Humanities, Honolulu, Hawaiʻi

1987     Using Computer Graphics to Teach Art, Feb. 20

          Excellence in Teaching Conference, University of Hawaiʻi Community College System, Kapiʻolani Community College, Honolulu, Hawaiʻi

1979     On Art, Noreen Naughton, Island Interviews

          Interviewed by Michael Molloy co-director, Funded by the Hawaiʻi Committee for the Humanities, KAIM Radio, Honolulu, Hawai‘i


2016     Juror for the 2016 Hawaiʻi Convention Center Student Art Exhibition, March 2016

          Sponsored by the Hawai’i State Department of Education and the Hawai’i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, Honolulu, Hawaiʻi

2002     Awards Juror for the Hawaiʻi Watercolor Society “2002 Open Exhibition,” Nov. 2002

          The ARTS at Mark’s, Honolulu, Hawaiʻi

1999     Solo Juror for the Windward Artist Guild 39th Annual Exhibition, June 1999

          Hoʻomaluhia Botanical Garden, Kāneʻohe, Hawaiʻi

1995     Juror for the 1995 Contemporary Exhibition, July 1995

          Hawaiʻi Artists, Amfac Center, Honolulu, Hawaiʻi

     Juror for the 32nd Annual Membership Show, Feb. 1995

          Hawaiʻi Watercolor Society, Pauahi Towers Gallery, Honolulu, Hawaiʻi


Present Professor Emerita of Art in Drawing, Painting and Color Theory

          Kapi‘olani Community College, Honolulu, Hawai‘i

               2004 – Present     Professor Emeritus

               1998 – 2003          Professor of Art

               1994 – 1998          Associate Professor of Art

                     1990 – 1994     Assistant Professor of Art                         

                                 1985 – 1990     Instructor of Art

                                 Summer 2000     Study Abroad tour leader for “Painting in Paris”

                                 Summers of 1989, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998 and 2001

                                                                 Study Abroad tour leader "Drawing in Italy"     

1970 to 1985     

     Lecturer in Drawing, Painting, Color Theory and Interdisciplinary Arts Appreciation     

               University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, Department of Art, Honolulu, Hawaiʻi, 1977 - 1985

                     Kapi‘olani Community College, Humanities Department, Honolulu, Hawaiʻi,1979 -      1985

                     Honolulu Academy of Arts, Education Department, Honolulu, Hawaiʻi,1983

                     Honolulu Community College, Commercial Art Department, Honolulu, Hawai‘i,1981 - 1982

                     University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, College of Continuing Education, Special Programs Division, Honolulu, Hawaiʻi,1978 - 1985

               University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, Interarts Hawai‘i, Honolulu, Hawaiʻi,1981 - 1982

               Western Michigan University, International Art and Music Workshops, Honolulu, Hawai‘i 1980

               Leeward Community College, Arts and Humanities Division, Pearl City, Hawaiʻi, 1970 - 1977

1970       Violoncellist

           Caecilian Orchestra, New York City

1967 to 1968      

     Graduate Assistantship in Art

          University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, Department of Art, Honolulu, Hawai‘i

1966 to 1967      

     Freelance Instructor

          Private instruction in violoncello, Honolulu, Hawai‘i

1965 to 1968     


                      Honolulu Symphony Orchestra, Honolulu, Hawai‘i

1964 to 1968

     Scientific Illustrator

          Department of Entomology, Honolulu, Hawai‘i


1991, 1994

     Post-Graduate Studies in Drawing and Painting

          International School of Art in Umbria, Montecastello di Vibio, Italy

1979     MFA, Master of Fine Arts in Painting

          University of Hawaʻi at Mānoa, Honolulu, Hawaiʻi

1974     MEd, Master of Education in Art Education

          University of Hawaʻi at Mānoa, Honolulu, Hawaiʻi

1969     Graduate Studies in Drawing, Painting and Sculpture

          New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture, New York, New York

1968     Graduate Studies in Painting

                Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

1967     BA, Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art

          University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Honolulu, Hawaiʻi

1966     Private Violoncello study

          Kermit Moore, New York, New York          

(Nov. 4, 2018)