Brenda Joysmith exhibit coming to TROY's Rosa Parks Library and Museum

Posted: Tuesday, 16 December 2008

MONTGOMERY—Renowned artist Brenda Joysmith will bring a collection of her paintings celebrating African-American family life to Troy University’s Rosa Parks Library and Museum in January.

Joysmith’s “Cultural Affirmations” exhibition will be on display in the museum’s gallery from Jan.7-March 31. She will participate in a gallery talk on March 7 at 11:30 a.m.

Joysmith’s serene and tranquil pastel paintings are timeless in their subject matter, said Georgette M. Norman, museum director.

“Her art evokes a sense of connectedness and family,” Norman said. “Visitors, I think, will gain an appreciation for the little things in life that bring us joy.”

Joysmith’s artwork gained international exposure by being featured on the sets of numerous network television series including “The Cosby Show,” “A Different World,” “Amen” and “Family Matters.”

Her paintings have also been featured in several films including “Philadelphia,” “A Preacher’s Wife” and “Love and Basketball.”

Norman said she has wanted to bring Joysmith’s work to the Rosa Parks Library and Museum for some time.

“The Museum strives continuously to bring quality artists and exhibitions to Montgomery, from the well known to the lesser known,” Norman said. “Brenda's work can be found in many magazines that most people have seen but they haven't seen or met Brenda. This is an opportunity for them to connect the work with the artist.”

After 20 years in northern California, Joysmith moved her studio to her hometown of Memphis, TN in 1999. Today, Joysmith Studio services more than a thousand retail galleries and several national and international art distributors.