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Art TourTour the collection of artwork that can be found at the Zuhl and Branson Libraries.

Quest For Knowledge
Artist:  Federico Armijo
1992,  Granite & Stainless Steel
Location:   Outside Zuhl Library
This 20-foot-wide steel sculpture was designed as a public art work to accompany the building of the new library (now Zuhl). According to Armijo, the rocket-like column in the middle represents “how the thought process can be so fast” while the sphere symbolizes that “knowledge builds up.  Almost like infinity.”

Quest For Knowledge

Artist:  Federico Armijo

1992, Granite & Stainless Steel

Location:   Outside Zuhl Library

This 20-foot-wide steel sculpture was designed as a public art work to accompany the building of the new library (now Zuhl). According to Armijo, the rocket-like column in the middle represents “how the thought process can be so fast” while the sphere symbolizes that “knowledge builds up. Almost like infinity.”

The Student
Artist:  Gary Price
1991, Bronze
Location:   2nd Floor Zuhl Library
Dedicated to Dr. Darrell S. Willey NMSU 1953-1989

The Student

Artist:  Gary Price

1991, Bronze

Location:   2nd Floor Zuhl Library

Dedicated to Dr. Darrell S. Willey NMSU 1953-1989

Turtle
Artist:  Unkown
Petrified Wood
Location:   2nd Floor Zuhl Library
Donated by Joan & Herbert Zuhl

Turtle

Artist:  Unkown

Petrified Wood

Location:   2nd Floor Zuhl Library

Donated by Joan & Herbert Zuhl

Last Light
Artist:  Sallie Ritter
1994, Oil on Canvas
Location:   2nd Floor Zuhl Library, Administration Office
Donated by special friends of Lowell Duhrsen

Last Light

Artist:  Sallie Ritter

1994, Oil on Canvas

Location:   2nd Floor Zuhl Library, Administration Office

Donated by special friends of Lowell Duhrsen

Untitled
Artist:  Joan Talty
Location:   2nd Floor Zuhl Library, Administration Office
On loan from the artist

Untitled

Artist:  Joan Talty

Location:   2nd Floor Zuhl Library, Administration Office

On loan from the artist

Guardia del Altar
Artist:  Federico Armijo
1992, Alabaster
Location:   2nd Floor Zuhl Library, Administration Office

Guardia del Altar

Artist:  Federico Armijo

1992, Alabaster

Location:   2nd Floor Zuhl Library, Administration Office

Windows I through VI
Artist: Beth Kennedy & Kristin Oliver
1992, Mixed Media
Location:   2nd Floor Zuhl Library
Student art commissioned for the Arts in Public Places Program of the New Mexico Arts Division, Office of Cultural Affairs.

Windows I through VI

Artist: Beth Kennedy & Kristin Oliver

1992, Mixed Media

Location:   2nd Floor Zuhl Library

Student art commissioned for the Arts in Public Places Program of the New Mexico Arts Division, Office of Cultural Affairs.

Home
Artist:  Kathryn Story 
1992, Ceramic Tile
Location:   3rd Floor Zuhl Library
This work, created by an NMSU art student, reflects the New Mexico landscape. The inner tiles were inspired by satellite photography of New Mexico, while the outer tiles represent close-up details of New Mexico terrain.

Home

Artist:  Kathryn Story

1992, Ceramic Tile

Location:   3rd Floor Zuhl Library

This work, created by an NMSU art student, reflects the New Mexico landscape. The inner tiles were inspired by satellite photography of New Mexico, while the outer tiles represent close-up details of New Mexico terrain.

Trail to Anasazi
Artist:  I.M. Ruth Tobkin
1992
Location:   3rd Floor Zuhl Library

Trail to Anasazi

Artist:  I.M. Ruth Tobkin

1992

Location:   3rd Floor Zuhl Library

Untitled

Location:  3rd Floor Zuhl Library 
Donated by Joan & Herbert Zuhl

Untitled

Location:  3rd Floor Zuhl Library

Donated by Joan & Herbert Zuhl

Untitled
Artist:  Joan Talty
1992, Acrylic on Canvas
Location:   3rd Floor Zuhl Library
On  loan from the artist

Untitled

Artist:  Joan Talty

1992, Acrylic on Canvas

Location:   3rd Floor Zuhl Library

On loan from the artist

9/11
Artist:  Joan Talty
2001, Acrylic on Canvas
Location:   3rd Floor Zuhl Library
Painted shortly after the September 11 terrorist attacks, the three panels of the painting express Joan Talty’s initial pain and anger, the eventual resolution of her feelings into hope and faith, and her belief in the energy and resilience of the American people.

9/11

Artist:  Joan Talty

2001, Acrylic on Canvas

Location:   3rd Floor Zuhl Library

Painted shortly after the September 11 terrorist attacks, the three panels of the painting express Joan Talty’s initial pain and anger, the eventual resolution of her feelings into hope and faith, and her belief in the energy and resilience of the American people.

Joy of Learning
Artist:  Grant Kinzer
1988, Bronze
Location:   Outside of Branson Library, North
Artist Grant Kinzer was an NMSU professor in the Department of Entomology, Plant Pathology and Weed Science. The Joy of Learning was his first sculpture of this size, and his goal was to create a piece large enough for children to sit in the sculpture’s lap.

Joy of Learning

Artist:  Grant Kinzer

1988, Bronze

Location:   Outside of Branson Library, North

Artist Grant Kinzer was an NMSU professor in the Department of Entomology, Plant Pathology and Weed Science. The Joy of Learning was his first sculpture of this size, and his goal was to create a piece large enough for children to sit in the sculpture’s lap.

Old Mesilla
Artist:  Tom Lea
1934, Oil Painting
Location:   1st Floor Branson Library
Tom Lea painted the two Branson Library murals as part of the New Deal public arts program in 1934. He was paid $40.00 a week by the WPA.  Old Mesilla depicts the 19th century historical events that took place in Mesilla.

Old Mesilla

Artist:  Tom Lea

1934, Oil Painting

Location:   1st Floor Branson Library

Tom Lea painted the two Branson Library murals as part of the New Deal public arts program in 1934. He was paid $40.00 a week by the WPA. Old Mesilla depicts the 19th century historical events that took place in Mesilla.

Conquistadores
Artist:  Tom Lea
1934, Oil Painting
Location:   1st Floor Branson Library
This mural depicts scenes that took place during New Mexico’s first one hundred years. Both Tom Lea murals were professionally restored in 1996.

Conquistadores

Artist:  Tom Lea

1934, Oil Painting

Location:   1st Floor Branson Library

This mural depicts scenes that took place during New Mexico’s first one hundred years. Both Tom Lea murals were professionally restored in 1996.

Dogs
Artist:  Unknown
Location:  2nd Floor Branson Library

Dogs

Artist:  Unknown

Location:  2nd Floor Branson Library