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Tennessee Treasures Too Adopted: May 23, 2007
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Tennessee State Painting: Tennessee Treasures Too

Tennessee Treasures Too, by Michael Sloan was named an official painting by the Tennessee General Assembly ten years after Tennessee Treasures was honored. Governor Phil Bredesen signed Senate Joint Resolution No. 82 (SJR0082) on May 23, 2007.

Like his previos work, Mr. Sloan, a former state artist in residence, included items recognizable as symbols of the State of Tennessee. Also like his fist work, Tennessee Treasures Too includes depictions of the state tree, the state wildflower, and the state cultivated flower.

In addition, Tennessee Treasures Too depicts the state bicentennial tree, the state agricultural insect, a state insect, the official state game bird, the state mineral, the state reptile, and the state commercial fish.

This 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.

The painting was named an official painting after Mr. Sloan's tenure as artist in residence expired in the year 2000.

By Beavers

A RESOLUTION designating "Tennessee Treasures Too" by artist Michael Sloan as an Official Painting of Tennessee.

WHEREAS, from time to time, this General Assembly deems it appropriate to adopt certain works of art as official state symbols; and

WHEREAS, "Tennessee Treasures Too," by former State Artist in Residence Michael Sloan, is one such work, and is fully deserving of the honor of designation as an Official Painting of Tennessee; and

WHEREAS, "Tennessee Treasures Too," a follow-up work to Mr. Sloan’s work "Tennessee Treasures," which was adopted as the official State painting by Senate Joint Resolution 57 in 1997, is similar in style and breadth to the previous work and depicts nine of Tennessee’s most recognizable state symbols; 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, as in the previous work, "Tennessee Treasures Too" contains imagery of the State Tree, the Tulip Poplar; the State Wildflower, the Passion Wild Flower; and the State Cultured Flower, the Iris. In addition, the painting also contains depiction of the Official Bicentennial Tree, the Yellowwood Tree; the State Agricultural Insect, the Honey Bee; the State Insect, the Firefly; the State Game Bird, the Bob White Quail; the State Rock, the Agate; the State Reptile, the Box Turtle; and the State Commercial Fish, the Channel Catfish; 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 and geography, "Tennessee Treasures Too" is an outstanding work of art and is fully deserving of formal recognition, joining its sister work, "Tennessee Treasures," as an official State painting; now, therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE OF THE ONE HUNDRED FIFTH GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF TENNESSEE, THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES CONCURRING, that we hereby designate "Tennessee Treasures Too" by Michael Sloan as an 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. 82. Nashville:The State of Tennessee, 2011. Web. 6 Sep 2011.

Additional Information

M. Sloan - "Official Artist in Residence": Gallery featuring Michael Sloan.

Tennessee state painting
Tennessee Treasures
By Michael Sloan