Mayoral Portraits Unveiled

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Eric Vreeland
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Mayoral Portraits Unveiled

Posted: 06/21/2012
Portraits of former Mayors were unveiled today during a special ceremony. Governor Bill Haslam and former Mayor Daniel Brown unveiled their portraits with the artists who created them, Mayor Madeline Rogero, city officials, and other guests. 

John Woodrow Kelley is the artist behind Gov. Haslam's portrait. Kelley, with studios in Knoxville and New York City, uses classicism in his work inspired by Greek mythology. Kelley has received numerous commissions as an artist from institutions such as the Morgan Library, the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, and Yale University. An art history graduate of the University of Tennessee and a graduate of Pratt Institute with a degree in architecture, Kelley has been published in The New York Times, the American Arts Quarterly and other periodicals. 

Carl F. Hess II created the portrait rendering of Mayor Brown. Hess, who received his degree in Media Arts at the University of Tennessee, has painted portraits for several political and religious leaders including President Barack Obama and Pastor Joel Osteen. He developed a love for art when he was in the 6th grade in his native Memphis and began to pursue his craft at art schools on full scholarship. Hess has been painting portraits since 2001.