Several untitled contemporary abstract paintings by Las Cruces artist Joan Talty recently went on permanent display for students to enjoy at NMSU’s Zuhl Library. They are hung in the Quiet Study Zone on the Library’s third floor. The new paintings are displayed near other works by Talty on the same floor, including “9/11.”
The vivid colors of the paintings show the influence of one of Talty’s favorite artists, Henri Matisse. Talty admires not only the color and form of the works of Matisse, but also his philosophy that art should make a positive statement and should be joyful and uplifting.
Talty originally studied music at Sarah Lawrence College. When she returned home bedridden from an illness, she began to draw in bed. She credits her recovery to her drawing and says that throughout her life, art has made her well. Encouraged to pursue art, she studied at the prestigious Art Students League of New York, which provided an intensive course of instruction that nurtured her creativity. Talty learned there that artists are the antennae of society and that they have a responsibility to the viewers of their art.
Talty moved with her husband Herbert Zuhl from Manhattan to Las Cruces in 1991. They donated a generous naming gift for Zuhl Library, and their Zuhl Geological Collection is displayed for the NMSU community and the public at the Zuhl Museum on campus, as well as at Zuhl Library and Breland Hall.
For more information, contact the Library Administration at (505) 646-1508.