The Delaney Project

The Delaney Project

We are pleased to join partners across the community to celebrate the life and work of Knoxville native and world renowned artist, Beauford Delaney.

Beauford Delaney was a modernist painter who was born and raised in Knoxville. Through lectures, movie screenings, performance and Socratic seminars, Knox County Public Library will join The Delaney Project to shed light on the 38-year friendship between Delaney and James Baldwin. The Delaney Project is a collaborative initiative of Knoxville arts and cultural institutions celebrating the life and work of African American artist Beauford Delaney.



Who Is Beauford Delaney? Facilitated by Jack Neely Sunday, January 26, 2:00 pm, Lawson McGhee Library

Movie Screening: 

James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket 1989 / TV-14 / 1 hr 27 min Sunday, February 2, 2:00 pm,Lawson McGhee Library

Socratic Seminars: 

The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin (1963)

  • Tuesday, February 4, 6:30 pm, Lawson McGhee Library
  • Tuesday, February 11, 6:30 pm, Lawson McGhee Library

Sonny’s Blues by James Baldwin

  • Tuesday, February 18, 3:00 pm, Murphy Branch Library
  • Thursday, February 27, 6:00 pm, Bearden Branch Library

Movie screening / Poetry performance:

I Am Not Your Negro / Black Atticus

Sunday, February 9, 5:00 PM at La Bamba Seafood (2619 Chapman Hwy #1913, Knoxville, TN 37920)

Children's Program:

Learn about artist Beuaford Delaney with the KMA (grades 2-6)

  • Monday, February 24, 2:00 pm, Halls Branch Library