Tennessee Treasures, by Michael Sloan was adopeted as the official painting by the Tennessee General Assembly on May 30, 1997. Governor Don Sundquist signed Senate Joint Resolution No. 57 (SJR0057) on June 13, 1997.
Mr. Sloan, a former state artist in residence, included the more recognizable symbols of the state in his painting. Ten are included; the state wild animal; the state bird; the state cultivated flower; the state wildflower; the state tree; the state gem; a state insect; the state butterfly; the former state sport fish; and the official state rock.
The work also includes a representation of the state flag, a gold embossed state seal, an outline depiction of the State of Tennessee and the signature of Tennessee's first state governor, John Sevier.
Mr. Sloan's tenure as artist in residence expired in the year 2000.
In 2007, Mr. Sloan's Tennessee Treasures Too was also honored as an official state painting.
Filed for intro on 02/19/97
SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION 57
A RESOLUTION to designate the painting entitled "Tennessee Treasures," by Tennessee’s Artist in Residence Michael Sloan, as the official painting of Tennessee.
WHEREAS, from time to time, this General Assembly deems it appropriate to adopt certain works as official state symbols; and
WHEREAS, in 1990, the Tennessee General Assembly adopted a resolution designating Michael Sloan as Tennessee’s official "Artist in Residence" through the year 2000; and
WHEREAS, Ten of the most recognizable symbols of Tennessee are displayed in "Tennessee Treasures": State Animal--Raccoon, State Bird--Mockingbird, State Cultured Flower--Iris, State Wildflower--Passion Wildflower, State Tree--Tulip Poplar, State Gem--Tennessee River Pearl, State Insect--Lady Bug, State Butterfly--Zebra Swallowtail, State Game Fish--Largemouth Bass and State Mineral--Limestone; and
WHEREAS, The Cascade Waterfall, located near Cosby east of Gatlinburg, is pictured in the background, playing a major part in the picture, anchoring the scene in Tennessee; and
WHEREAS, Below the "Tennessee Treasures" lithograph are images of the state flag, the actual geographic outlay of the state, and a gold-embossed seal of the Great Seal of Tennessee; and
WHEREAS, The first governor’s signature, John Sevier, is located inside the outline of the state; and
WHEREAS, because of its inspiring representations of Tennessee’s symbols, history and geography, "Tennessee Treasures" is a great learning tool for the children in our schools; and
WHEREAS, no painting has ever been designated and adopted as the official State Painting for Tennessee; now, therefore,
BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE OF THE ONE-HUNDREDTH GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF TENNESSEE, THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES CONCURRING, That we hereby designate "Tennessee Treasures" by Michael Sloan as the Official Painting of Tennessee.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That an appropriate copy of this resolution be prepared for presentation with this final clause omitted from such copy.
Tennessee General Assembly. Senate Joint Resolution No. 57. Nashville:The State of Tennessee, 2011. Web. 4 Sep 2011.
Shearer, Benjamin F. and Barbara S. State Names, Seals, Flags and Symbols: A Historical Guide Third Edition, Revised and Expanded. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press, 3 Sub edition, 2001.
M. Sloan - "Official Artist in Residence": Gallery featuring Michael Sloan.