Joanna Higgs Ross (Nashville, TN, born 1934) oil on canvas expressionist landscape painting titled "Cades Cove No. 9" depicting a field and a line of trees, fore and middle ground, against a hazy blue mountain range, background. Signed and dated "Joanna Higgs Ross, 1985" with title and additional signature, en verso of stretcher. Label en verso for the Annual Tennessee All-State Artist Exhibition, Parthenon Galleries, Centennial Park, Nashville, TN and a blue Purchase Award ribbon from the same exhibition, en verso. Housed in a grey painted wooden frame. Sight – 36" H x 48" W. Framed – 36 3/4" H x 48 5/8" W. American, late 20th century. Biography: Joanna Higgs-Ross was born in Nashville and is associated with the "Knoxville Seven", a group of progressive artists connected to the University of Tennessee which included Richard Clarke, Robert Birdwell, C. Kermit Ewing, Walter H. Stevens and Carl Sublett. She majored in art at UT Knoxville, and received a B.F.A. in 1956 and received her M.F.A. from University of Illinois in Urbana in 1961. She taught art at Lambuth College in Jackson, TN, 1961-1982. Paintings in public collections include Tennessee State Museum, Knoxville Museum of Art, and Memphis Museum of Art. Recent exhibitions include the Tennessee Arts Commission and Knoxville Museum of Art. (Source: the Tennessee Arts Commission). Provenance: Art Collection of former Watkins College of Art; proceeds benefit scholarship endowment for students in the new Watkins College of Art at Belmont University. CONDITION: Overall very good condition with light craquelure, visible stretcher marks across top of canvas.
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