(With thanks to my colleague Jan Vladimir Zakrzewski for inspiring the title "Reference Points" - JT)

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nov 14 1939
Jonathan Talbot (JT) born in New York City to artist Helen Talbot and her husband Irwin Panken.
Family lives at #1 Grove Street opposite Sheridan Square in New York's Greenwich Village.
JT and family move to a farm owned by mother's family in Patterson, NY.
JT's childhood artistic efforts are supported by his mother who encourages him to talk about his drawings and paintings and transcribes his often lengthily remarks on the backs of the works.
JT begins life-long friendship with James and Hugh Weisman, children of Susan Stix Weisman, one of his mother's college classmates.
JT's paternal grandfather makes him a single-string "guitar" from a cigar box, a broom handle, some string, and wood scraps. JT develops an interest in music.
Family moves to Croton-on-Hudson, NY. JT's sister Elizabeth is born.
JT attends progressive Hessian Hills School in Croton-on-Hudson. Croton is, at this time, home to a liberal community which includes many intellectuals and artists. JT meets sculptor Jacques Lipshitz who has studio in nearby Hastings-on-Hudson. Also meets Croton resident painter-lithographer George Gropper. Summers continue to be spent at the farm in Patterson
JT's portrait is painted by artist Arthur Lidov. Painting is used as the cover illustration for the December 1947 issue of The American Mercury.
Portrait of JT by A. Lidov
JT acquires first guitar and starts to play and sing folk music.
The farm in Patterson is sold.
Family spends summers in village of Menemsha on the island of Martha's Vineyard. The beauty of this island draws many artists to its shores. JT meets painter/muralist/lithographer Thomas Hart Benton. Plays guitar at local square dances with banjo player Bill Keith and others. Becomes friendly with actor-to-be Peter Coyote.
JT attends Croton-Harmon High School.
Attends Oakwood Friends School, a Quaker boarding school in Poughkeepsie NY. Graduates in 1957. In spare time JT teaches himself binary math, builds rudimentary digital computer, and learns to play flamenco guitar.
At urging of his family, JT attends Brandeis University. Leaves after one year to nurse his ailing mother.
nov 1958
JT's mother dies.
dec 1958
JT moves to New York City.

Juan Moreno,
Barcelona, Spain 1960
Using the stage-name Juan Moreno, JT works as a flamenco guitar soloist and accompanist for Spanish dance companies. Lives in both Spain and the US. Performs widely including at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto and on Radio Nacional d'España in Barcelona. Plays in numerous Greenwich Village venues including The Village Gate (where JT shares the bill with Lightining Hopkins), Folk City (where JT shares the bill with John Lee Hooker), and the Gaslight (where JT accompanies Bill Cosby and becomes friends with Tom Paxton). JT also serves as master of ceremonies at the Cafe Wha? where he becomes friends with Bob Dylan and Richie Havens.
JT returns to US. Studies at the New School for Social Research in New York. Resumes music career, returning to the folk music which he heard as a child and then broadening his musical horizons to include rock and classical music.
While on tour in Florida, JT buys Norton motorcycle. Rides north to Boston, then to New York, and then cross-country to Los Angeles, California. Fails to find meaningful work in California and sells motorcycle. Makes his way back to New York. Meets wife-to-be, Marsha Goldstein.

JT, Florida, 1964
JT continues music career. Travels to Thule, Greenland as bass player with a rock group.
JT performs as singer-songwriter in clubs in New York and Philadelphia. Opens for Jackson Browne and Niko and the Velvet Underground at the Dom in the East Village. Plays bass for folk-rock group Webster's New Word which records for Columbia Records. Organizes rock group The Gurus for record producer Ron Haffkine. Guru's recording of JT's song Blue Snow Night makes it to the "top 40" charts. Other songs are published in folk music magazines and in The Vietnam Songbook, a book of anti-war protest songs edited by Barbara Dane and Irwin Silber.
Organizes, directs, and plays electric bass in The New York Electric String Ensemble. Produces group's first album for ESP-DISK. Group opens for Judy Garland, Count Basie, and Jackie Wilson at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia. Group also performs with Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and at Carnegie Hall in New York. (For more information about the New York Electric String Ensemble Click Here)

The New York Electric String Ensemble
on stage, 1967.
(l to r) Lew Bottomly, Pete Smith, JT
JT continues performing with The New York Electric String Ensemble. Produces group's second album, this time for Columbia Records.
aug 2 1970 
JT leaves music business. Marries Marsha Goldstein. Moves to San Francisco, CA.

jan - may 1971
JT enrolls in "Etching 101" at San Francisco Academy of Art. Learns much from fellow student Howard Munson who later becomes master printer for Bowles-Hopkins. Begins career as visual artist.
Works shown at San Francisco Artists Cooperative, San Francisco, CA
Works included in Crown Zellerback Exhibition, San Francisco, CA
Works included in 25th Annual San Francisco Art Commission Exhibition.
JT and wife Marsha move to Los Angeles, CA, then to Morristown, NJ, then to Montville, NJ and then South Orange, NJ
JT's works included in Newark Public Library Statewide Exhibition, Newark, NJ.
Solo exhibition at the Morristown Library in Morristown, NJ (first solo exhibit).
Solo exhibition at the Hilton Memorial Library in Maplewood, NJ.
JT sets up printmaking facility and teaches printmaking at Morris County Art Association in Morristown, NJ
JT Produces & hosts "Morris County Art Scene" television program on Morris Cablevision
(l to r) Al Barker, JT, Gerald Lubeck
JT becomes friends with artists Al Barker and Gerald Lubeck whom he meets at an outdoor art exhibition in Kearny, NJ. JT teaches them etching in exchange for oil painting instruction (Lubeck) and watercolor instruction (Barker). Friendship endures to this day.
JT establishes relationship with David Gary Ltd. Fine Art Gallery in Millburn, NJ. JT has numerous solo exhibitions at David Gary Ltd. until relationship ends in 1992.
Solo exhibition at Scranton Memorial Library in Madison, CT
Solo exhibition at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, NJ
JT demonstrates etching at Morris Museum of Arts and Sciences in Morristown, NJ
The Free Library of Philadelphia acquires JT's etching "Seals."
JT participates in group exhibition at Art Center of the Oranges, East Orange, NJ
nov 14 1973 
Daughter Loren Storm Naomi Talbot born.
 dec 1973 
JT and Marsha move to newly-purchased home in South Auburn, Pennsylvania, a small community with more cows than people in the rural Pennsylvania region known as the "Endless Mountains." Property includes small farmhouse and three story barn. JT converts part of barn to studio.
Solo exhibition of JT's work at Drew University, Madison, NJ.
Solo exhibition at The Three Tenses gallery, Clark Summit, PA
Group exhibition at William Ris Galleries, Harrisburg, PA
JT's work included in Contemporary American Graphics, 1974-75 (traveling exhibition).
JT's work included in group exhibitions at Associated American Artists in New York
William S. Lieberman selects "Pig" to be included in "Museum Managerie" exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
JT's work included in group exhibition at Associated American Artists in New York
Central New York Art Open (juried exhibition), Syracuse, NY
Associated American Artists publishes edition of JT's etching "Pig."
may 1975
JT and family leave Pennsylvania and purchase farm in Warwick, NY. As main barn has burned down prior to purchase, JT converts former tractor shed into studio.
Betty Parsons and Tom Armstrong select JT as award recipient at the Atlanta Festival of the Arts in Atlanta, GA.
JT commissioned by Yachting Magazine to produce a series of etchings of Tall Ships.
JT's etchings sold by Mystic Seaport Museum Store, Apple Arts (Englishtown, NJ) and numerous other dealers and galleries.
JT shows Recent Etchings at the Somerset Art Association in Bernardsville, NJ
apr 17 1977
Son Garret Jordan Nathaniel Talbot born.  
june 1977
JT's etching "Pig" appears on the cover of the Cornell University Adminstrative Science Quarterly.
JT's etching with aquatint "Etching: Noun, Nominative and Participial" is included in a juried national exhibition which travels from the Hunterdon Art Center to the Plainfield Library to the Morris Museum (all in New Jersey).
The Newark Public Library acquires JT's etching "Emigrant Eye."
JT's works subject of solo exhibition at Ellen Harris Gallery, Provincetown, MA
JT has second solo exhibition at Ellen Harris Gallery, Provincetown, MA
JT's oil on panel "Reflections" is selected for inclusion in the National Academy's 156th Annual Exhibition in New York.
Andre Emmerich selects JT's oil on panel "Waterfront Buildings - Troy, NY" to receive First Albany Corporation Award in the Mohawk Hudson Regional Art Exhibition at Albany Institute of History and Art.
Selected works by JT are included in an invitational exhibition at the Schenectady Museum.
JT' etching "Chicken Little" (which deals with the malfunction of the Three Mile Island nuclear plant in Pennsylvania) is exhibited at the 5th Annual Eastern States Print Exhibition in Charlotte, NC.
JT's etching with aquatint "Night Watchman" is included in a National Juried Exhibition sponsored by Columbia-Greene Community College at Terrance Gallery in Palenville, NY
JT's painting "Waterfront Buildings - Troy, NY" is included in the 157th Annual Exhibition of the National Academy and is purchased by the Ranger Fund which places it in the Smith College Museum.
JT's etching "Chicken Little" (see above) is exhibited in the National Print Exhibition at Trenton State College, Trenton, NJ, and at the Boston Printmaker's 34th National Exhibition at the DeCordova Museum in Lincoln, MA.
A reproduction of "Chicken Little" appears in the Art Now Gallery Guide article on the DeCordova exhibition.
Ivan Karp selects JT's miniature collage "Temple" for inclusion in Small Work Exhibition at New York University. "Temple" is purchased by noted collector Henry Fiewel. "Temple" is subsequently exhibited at Brainerd Art Gallery at SUNY Potsdam.
A new and larger Talbot collage/construction also called "Temple" is included in the Art of Northeast USA exhibit at the Silvermine Guild in New Canaan, CT and is honored with the C. R. Gibson Company Award.
Art dealer Max Weitzenhoffer agrees to exhibit JT's collages in his prestigious Gimpel & Weitzenhoffer Gallery at 79th Street and Madison Avenue in New York. Max, a carefuly groomed style-conscious man finds it amusing that a large man with "rough edges" like JT makes such delicate works of art.
JT's oil painting on panel "Reflections 2" is included in the 41st Annual Audubon Artists annual exhibition at the National Arts Club in New York.
JT's first solo museum show, The Collages of Jonathan Talbot, is held at the Everhart Museum in Scranton, PA in May of 1984
The Byer Museum of the Arts in Evanston, IL exhibits The World of Jonathan Talbot (solo exhibition) in September of 1984.
Two collages by JT, "Freighter" and "View from the Customs House" are selected by Ned Rifkin of the Corcoran Gallery of Art for inclusion in Recent American Works on Paper in Charlottesville, VA, Arlington, VA and traveling under the auspices of the Smithsonian Institution.
JT's first one-person New York exhibition is held at Gimpel & Weitzenhoffer Gallery at 57th St. and Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. The exhibition is reviewed in Art News and Art World.
JT with Gimpel and Weitzenhoffer Gallery Directors Bill Maynes and Joseph Rickards at opening of JT's solo exhibition, 1986.
JT becomes friendly with artist Clarence Carter, who also shows at Gimpel & Weitzenhoffer. Clarence is former head of WPA Arts Project for Northern Ohio during the 1930s and has had a long a distinguished career in the arts.
"Engine Room," a collage-construction by JT is included in Surrealism After Surrealism at The Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, AK
JT and Andrew Stasik (former Director of Pratt Graphics Center in New York) Co-chair the Pratt/Silvermine International Print Exhibition juried by William Lieberman
Andrew Stasik and JT at opening of International Print Exhibition (also pictured: Debbie Hendel)
.JT's etching "Silver Blaze" is shown on page 66 of Smithsonian Magazine's December 1986 issue. Unfortunately there is no mention of JT.
JT's work included in Art in the Box: Homage to Joseph Cornell at the Silvermine Guild Galleries in New Canaan, CT
JT's second one-person New York exhibition is held at Gimpel & Weitzenhoffer Gallery at 57th St. and Fifth Avenue in Manhattan.

JT with Clarence Carter (see 1986 above) at 1987 opening.
JT's work included in The Printed Image at The Hudson River Museum in Yonkers, NY.
JT's work included in Spectrum 1987 at The Hunter Museum in Chattanooga, TN

Two collages by JT, "Stream of Consciouness" and "An Intellectual Approach," are included in Recent American Works on Paper '88 at the Second Street Gallery in Charlottesville, VA and the Palmer Museum of Art at Pennsylvania University.
JT's collage/construction "Malthusian Perspectometer" is included in an exhibition titled "Interactions: Science and Art" at the Squibb Gallery in Princeton, NJ.
JT begin's studies with Jean Houston and Peggy Rubin.
Works by JT included in group exhibit at Helen Fuscass' Connecticut Gallery.
Works by JT included in group exhibit at the John Szoke Gallery in New York.
JT serves on Artist Advisory Committee for Beyond the Big Apple, a conference sponsored by the Arts Councils of Orange and Rockland Counties, NY
JT curates Connecticut Collage, an exhibition exploring collage created by Connecticut artists held at Art at 100 Pearl in Hartford, CT
JT's 5-plate color etching "Anima Captiva" is included in the 2nd National Small Print Exhibition", University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Kenosha, WI; in the 40th North American Print Exhibition sponsored by The Boston Printmakers at the Brockton Museum of Art; and in the Pacific States National Print Biennial at the University of Hawaii.
Collage by JT included in The Figure in American Art Since Mid-Century curated by Andrew Stasik at the Silvermine Gallery/Metro Center in Stamford, CT
JT's work included in the U.S. Art in Embassies program under the auspices of the U.S. Department of State.
JT's third one-person New York exhibition is held at Gimpel & Weitzenhoffer Gallery's new location in Soho.
JT with Jan Vladimir Zakrzewski (left) and collector John Lee (center), 1990
JT becomes friendly with Polish artist Jan Vladimir Zakrzewski who has moved to Warwick.
At the invitation of gallery director Sophia Gevas, JT's work is subject of a solo exhibition entitled Research and Development at the Gallery of Contemporary Art at Sacred Heart University in Bridgeport, CT.
JT's collage-painting "Point of Departure," (the largest of a number of works bearing this title) is included in The Humanist Icon (curated by Lowell Nesbitt) at The Bayly Art Museum, Charlottesville, VA, The New York Acdemy of Art, New York, NY, and The Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita, KS.
JT joins Lois Lane, Robert Kushner, Daniel Mack, and Jan Vladimir Zakrzewski in group exhibiton called Five Artists Living and Working in Warwick.
  JT's fourth one-person New York exhibition is held at Gimpel & Weitzenhoffer Gallery in Soho. 
JT establishes relationship with Gay Head Gallery on Martha's Vineyard.
The Newark Museum acquires JT's etching "Railroad Bridge - Newark, NJ"
Jonathan Talbot Selected Works 1983 - 1993 exhibition at Donskoj & Company in Kingston, NY. Exhibition is reviewed by Raymond J. Steiner in Art Times.  
JT's work included in Spectrum 1993 at the Hunter Museum of Art in Chattanooga, TN.
JT ends 20-year relationship with David Gary Ltd. Fine Art Gallery in Millburn, NJ
JT's work shown in Works on Paper at 79th Street Armory in New York by Rickards/Stellings Fine Art.
Work by JT is included in In This Place and Time at the College Art Gallery, State University of New York, New Paltz, NY.
Andrew Stasik (see 1986 above), former head of Pratt Graphics Center in New York, invites JT to lead a collage workshop at the Connecticut Graphic Arts Center in Norwalk, CT. This turns out to be the first of many workshops led by JT throughout the U.S. and Canada.
The Museum Okregowe w Toruniu in Torun, Poland acquires JT's etching "Anima Captiva."
JT's construction "American Odyssey" is reproduced in a portfolio of prints created for art teachers and students.
JT serves as a mentor artist for the Newark Arts Council's Celebrity Art Auction to benefit the new New Jersey Performing Arts Center.
JT's fifth solo New York exhibition, Collages from the Flamenco Series, is held at Joseph Rickards Gallery, Madison Ave. and 79th St., in Manhattan.
First edition of Collage: A New Approach by JT is published (First printing: June 1998)
The Maitland Art Center in Maitland, FL acquires JT's collage "Whirligig."
Jonathan Talbot: Collage Paintings 1980-2000 exhibit at The Housatonic Museum in Bridgeport, CT
Housatonic Museum acquires JT's collage "Bedtime Story."
The Montclair Museum of Art, Montclair, NJ acquires JT's collage "Radiometer."
The Longview Museum of Art, Longview, TX acquires JT's collage "Longview Patrin."
JT's work shown in Paris and Sergines, France in an exhibition sponsored by Musée Artcolle.
Fifth edition of Collage: A New Approach by JT is published (First printing: March 2001).
JT accepts invitation to participate in National Security Seminar at U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, PA. (June, 2001).
JT curates Paste and Pixels exhibition at Core Gallery in New Paltz, NY.
Jonathan Talbot: The Artist as an Explorer, Solo Exhibition at the Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay, Oregon. 
JT's work "Neosuprematist Patrin No 2" is included in an International Collage Exhibition at Kansas State University's Kemper Gallery in Manhattan, KS.
The Beach Museum of Art in Manhattan, KS acquires "Neosuprematist Patrin No 2."
Solo Exhibition, Davis and Cline Gallery, Ashland, Oregon
Salon International du Collage Contemporain, Paris, France (International Collage Exhibit)
Assemblage 100, Stratford, New Zealand (International Assemblage Exhibition)
Large Patrin, Solo Exhibition at the University of South Carolina, Sumter, SC
Jonathan Talbot: The Artist as an Explorer, Solo Exhibition at Quincy University. Quincy, IL 
Le Voyage Imaginaire (The Imaginary Voyage) Centre d'Art L'Imagier, Gantineau, Quebec, Canada / Poughkeepsie Art Museum, Poughkeepsie, NY USA / Expressions Art Center, Upper Hutt, New Zealand: (International Traveling Collage Exhibition)
JT (with much help) translates Collage: A New Approach into Spanish. 

JT and colleague, collagist Fred Otnes, with one of Fred's works. Connecticut, 2005. (Click here to enlarge photo)

JT leads his first workshop in Europe at El Jardinico in Caravaca de la Cruz, Murcia, Spain
Le Voyage Imaginaire exhibition travels to Germany and Bulgaria.
JT supplies artwork for The Portrait, a short film by Spanish Director José Carrasco
The Artist's Marketing & Action Plan Workbook by JT and Geoffrey Howard is published.
JT keynote speaker at the Arts Education of Indiana Annual Convention.
JT's work sells at Sotheby's


JT keynote speaker at Texas Arts Education Association Annual Convention.

JT and family at Oakwood Friends School
May, 2007.

Le Voyage Imaginaire exhibition travels to France.

JT juries National Collage Society Annual Exhibition.
JT's work shown at Broadfoot and Broadfoot Gallery in New York, NY. 
JT receives Distinguished Alumni Award from Oakwood Friends School.
JT travels to Brussels, Belgium for opening of "Art Collage" exhbition.
JT in Brussels with Georges Verzin, Echevin de la Culture et de l’Instruction Publique of Schaerbeek, in front of one of Talbot’s works.
"The Bachelors Series" exhibited for the first time.
The Durst Organization hosts a NYC exhibition of "The Patrin Series."
Eleven Talbot works included in "Collage Logic" exhibition.
JT's painting "Soundings: Bermuda" included in "We Are Sailing" exhibition at the Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art
Works by JT included in "Collage" exhibition at Galerie Leonardo in Paris, France
Ten works from "The Bachelors Series" are included in "With or Without Permission: Appropriation, Assemblage, and Collage" at The Philoctetes Center for the Multidisciplinary Study of Imagination. New York, NY.
Thirty-Nine Small Patrin by JT are included in "InSPIRATion" at The American University Museum in Washington, DC.
JT's works included in "L'art du collage dans tous ses états" at the Loft Gallery in Paris
Ten of JT's works are included in the book "Masters: Collage" by Randall Plowman published in June, 2010
JT visits Mesa State College in Grand Junction, Colorado as part of visiting artist program.
JT & Robin Colodzin launch The Arts Map project, an interactive worldwide map of arts studios at The project grows to include more than nine thousand artists in one hudred seven countries.
"Acrylic Image Transfer: A Handbook for Artists," written by JT and Jessica Lawrence, is published.
JT and Jessica Lawrence curate "Homage to Kurt Seligmann" exhibition.
Publication of "The Collages of Jonathan Talbot" by professor Deborah K. Snider with an Essay by professor Andrew Marvick.
"Jonathan Talbot" (solo exhibition) at The 155 Project, New York, NY.
JT & Robin Colodzin terminate The Arts Map project.
JT, Deborah K. Snider, and Sue Cotter curate an exhibition titled "ABC: Assemblage, Book Arts & Collage" at the Braithwaite Gallery, Southern Utah University, Cedar City, UT.
"Collage Paintings by Jonathan Talbot" (solo exhibition) at The Seligmann Center at the Orange County Citizens Foundation, Chester, NY.
JT curates "Identity and Anonymity," an invitational exhibition at The Seligmann Center at the Orange County Citizens Foundation in Chester, NY.
JT, Leslie Fandrich and Professor Steven Specht, edit "Identity & Anonymity- An Artful Anthology" published by Mizzentop Publishing.
JT curates "The Artist Who Never Was - The Life and Work of Vernon Hart" at The Seligmann Center at the Orange County Citizens Foundation in Chester, NY.
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