M. Ryan Noble is a contemporary artist with a multifaceted role in redefining art and the role of artists. Ryan is internationally known for his performance art, sculpture, photography, lectures and workshops. His interest in art as a means for personal insight and an agent for social change led him to earn a Master of Arts in Art Therapy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. During a residency at the Watermill Center in 2008, he refined his collaborative art methods and now promotes the arts as a multilingual system of media; as diverse as the personalities, cultures, and abilities of any given artist. His experiments with art making cover a wide range of media, fusing archetypal traditions with contemporary experience. Ryan has worked with individuals in psychiatric and residential environments and with children in educational art programs. He presents regularly on artist advocacy, career development, contemporary art media, and the historical significance of art in the 20th century.