Joseph Delaney

Joseph Delaney

Currently on display in the McClung Collection is a striking self-portrait by Knoxville artist, Joseph Delaney. Joseph was the younger brother of noted artist, Beauford Delaney. In 1930 Joseph moved to New York City and studied art at the Art Students League alongside Thomas Hart Benton and Alexander Brooke, among others. Mr. Delaney participated in the Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit and did assignments with the Works Progress Administration Artist Project as a part of his artistic career. Joseph returned to Knoxville in 1986 to become the first artist-in-residence at the University of Tennessee until his death in 1991. In addition to the portrait, McClung has several publications relating to Joseph including The Art, Life, and Times of Joseph Delaney, 1904 - 1991 by retired University of Tennessee art historian, Frederick C. Moffatt.