Arts and Artists

Tennessee State Art Forms & Artists


Blue Ridge hand-painted porcelain vase

Blue Ridge hand-painted porcelain vase; photo © Eileen C / Crochet Attic on Flickr (all rights reserved (used by permission).

State Fine Art

Porcelain painting was designated the official state fine art of Tennessee in 1981.

State Artists

Burton Callicott was designated Tennessee's official state artist in 1991 recognizing his many contributions to the art community in Memphis and the state of Tennessee.

Tennessee Treasures painting: Tennessee Treasures by Tennessee artist Michael Sloan was adopted as the state painting of Tennessee in 1997.

H.R. Lovell was designated Tennessee's artist-in-residence in 2000 for expressing the spirit and assets of Tennessee through his works.

State Art Form

Songwriting was designated as one of Tennessee's official art forms in 2003, applauding individuals who are or have been skillful masters of this art form. See lyrics for Tennessee's state songs.

State Poet Laureate

Tennessee designates a Poet Laureate and an Ambassador of Letters as well as official state poems.

State Theater

The Tennessee Theatre in Knoxville is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and was designated the state theater of Tennessee in 1999.