SMU in Taos received a gift of crayon and watercolor drawings by Gisella Loeffler, Taos artists from Mary Ackerschott. Some of the pieces are on display in one of the exhibit cases in the Fort Burgwin library.
Loeffler was one of those “more than a minor footnote” artists of the new deal era. Born in Austria, in 1903, Gisella Loeffler is remembered as a Taos artist of immense and diverse talent. Loeffler, who signed her paintings: Gisella, moved to the U.S. with her family in 1908, settling in St. Louis, Missouri, where she studied art at Washington University. She began her career painting for the WPA Federal Art Project in the 1930???s. After seeing an exhibition of works by Taos artist Ernest Blumenschein, Gisella left her husband and moved to Taos with her two daughters. Known for whimsical Austrian and Mexican child folklore figures, she executed murals for children’s areas in a number of hospitals across the United States. Gisella was popular in the Taos community, and remained there until her death in 1977.
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