Knox Heritage and the City of Knoxville worked together to ensure a bright future for the culturally significant Lloyd Branson House.
The house was originally built in 1922 for prominent Knoxville artist Lloyd Branson, but had been declared blighted by the City and recently included in the annual Knox Heritage Fragile Fifteen list of endangered historic places. Initial funding for the project will come from the Knox Heritage J. Allen Smith Endangered Properties Fund which was originally initiated with contributions from a private donor and the 1772 Foundation.
Lloyd Branson (1853-1925) was the subject of two major retrospective exhibitions, which chronicled his life, works of art, and legacy as one of the most influential figures in Knoxville’s early art circles. Many thanks to the East Tennessee Historical Society in Knoxville, TN, and The Tennessee State Museum for their hosting of his many works of art.
Celebrating a Life in Tennessee Art
Lloyd Branson, Artist (1853 - 1925)
Thanks for the Memories!
A Celebration of The Tennessee Artist
Lloyd Branson created works of art and history throughout a lifetime of service to those who admired and cherished his work. Even more, he was able to use his genius as an artist to stir the emotions of his family, friends, patrons and those who deeply admired his contributions to the arts. In our studies of Lloyd, we have found that those emotions exist even today. Descendants and relatives of Lloyd Branson are touched by his success and remain steadfast in not only sharing the artist's contributions, but celebrating every aspect of his life.
On June 12, 1925, Lloyd Branson sat in his home on what is now Branson Avenue, and passed away suddenly as he sat peacefully reflecting on his life's experiences. He took with him not only each memory that he depicted in his finished works, but the imaginings of the many characters, scenes and moments in his time that drove him to create. The family celebrates his birth, his life, his passing, and the fond remembrances of how his contributions are remembered today and preserved for generations to come. Thank you Lloyd Branson!