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Anna Catherine Wiley

by Madelyn & Sydney from Hixson, Tennessee

Anna Catherine Wiley, Tennessee Hero
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Anna was born January 18, 1879 in Coal Creek, Tennessee. Her parents were Edwin Floyd Wiley and Mary McAdoo Wiley. She came from a prominent family but her father worked for the coal mining company. She moved to Knoxville, Tennesse as a young child. In the mid 1890's she attended the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. She worked on the school yearbook and did some illustrations. It was these illustrations that got her noticed.

After graduating, she moved to New York in 1903 to study art with the Art Students League. She was influenced by famous impressionist artist Frank Dumond. In 1905 she attended Chase New York School of Art and then returned to Knoxville, TN to teach art at The University of Tennessee. She took art lessons from Lloyd Branson. "In 1910 Anna Catherine Wiley captured the award for "Most Meritorious Collection" at Knoxville's Appalachian Exposition."

She was a famous artist. Some of her works are known under the name of Catherine Wiley. Some of her paintings are in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Anna Catherine Wiley died on May 16, 1958 in Knoxville, Tennessee. She was buried in Knoxville Old Gray cemetery.

Anna Catherine Wiley was a very talented woman who demonstrated character traits of dedication, commitment, and friendship. She was a loyal patron of the arts and influenced many students while at University of Tennessee. She worked hard to create great works of art for others to enjoy.

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