Patty Talbert

Patty Talbert earned her BFA in Studio Art at UNO in 2001 and completed her summer training with MacArthur Award winner Debra Willis at the prestigious Smithsonian African American Museum of History and Culture. She also trained under the watchful eye of the talented late Dawn Scott. These techniques are the foundation and inspiration for her more than three dozen group and solo exhibitions. Her honors include Visual Arts nominee for emerging artist at OEAA, as well as features on Omaha’s WOWT for her North Omaha Positive Affirmation Project, and a guest feature on Heartland Focus. Patty’s North Omaha Positive Affirmation Project has been a continuous project of love for herself and our community.

“I choose to celebrate my vibrant and colorful heritage with all its glory of patterns and textures of geometric form. I have learned to embrace my innate sensibility and connection to my African American culture that naturally exudes from me. As a proud African Female Artist, ( this is a label that I tended to shy away from), there was a time when I felt this description itself would limit me or put me in a box. I now realize limits are something one puts upon him or herself.”

Patty’s work is inspired by techniques used in Batiking. When the elements of Batiking are translated onto canvas or wood, there is a building up of different colors, patterns and textures. Patty’s style of painting has allowed her to encompass methods of expression utilized by her ancestors and also adds a modern relevance to her growth as a proud African American Female Artist.