Delaney Family, c. 1906
Standing: Samuel, Jr., Rev. Samuel Delaney, Mrs. Delia Delaney
Seated: Joseph, Ogust, Beauford, Naomi
To Joseph Delaney Gallery
|1904||Born in Knoxville, Tennessee, to Rev. & Mrs. Samuel Delaney, the ninth of ten children and the last of six boys.|
|1917||Joseph receives a prize for his drawing from his teacher at Austin School in Knoxville.|
|1919||Father dies. Joseph drops out of school to work as a caddy at Cherokee Country Club and as a bellhop at the Farragut Hotel in Knoxville.||1922||Takes a train from Knoxville to work odd jobs in Cincinnati and Detroit.||1925||Arrives in Chicago. Serves 3 years in Chicago National Guard, makes friends with Albert Ammons and other jazz musicians.||1929||Returns to Knoxville, sells insurance, and helps to found Knoxville's first black Boy Scout troop.||1930||Moves to New York to join his brother Beauford. Opens his own studio, enrolls in the Art Students League and in the next years studies with Alexander Brooke, Thomas Hart Benton, and George Bridgeman.||1932||Exhibits work in the first Washington Square Outdoor Art Show. For over 40 years, he works as a sketch artist at the show, drawing such notable visitors as Ertha Kitt, Arlene Francis, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Tallulah Bankhead.||1934||Works for WPA, Works' Progress Administration 1934-40, on various NYC projects including the Index of Design for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Pier 72 mural, and the Story of the Recorded Word mural at NYC Public Library. Teaches at Harlem and Brooklyn settlement houses and the Art Students League. Works with artists such as Norman Lewis, Edward Lanning, Jackson Pollack, Reginald Marsh, and Ernest Crichlow. Continues to exhibit work in his studio, art galleries and exhibitions.||1942||Receives Julius Rosenwald grant of $1200 to travel, sketch and later paint the Eastern seaboard.||1964||Works as a sketch artist for the New Orleans exhibit and later the Ghana exhibit at the NYC World's Fair.||1970||The University of Tennessee exhibits Joseph's work and purchases V-J Day, Times Square.||1978||Works for CETA, the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act 1978-80, as an artist in residence at the Henry Street Settlement.||1979||Brother Beauford dies at St. Anne's Hospital, an insane asylum, in Paris. Joseph pays over $6,000 to the French government for taxes, storage, and shipping, to have Beauford's art and personal effects shipped to the U.S.||1986||Ewing Gallery exhibits, "Joseph Delaney: A Retrospective," as part of the Homecoming '86 Festival. At the suggestion of old friend Alex Haley, Delaney is invited to become an artist-in-residence at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Delaney moves from New York to a house on 22nd Street, near the UT campus.||1991||Joseph Delaney dies on Wednesday, November 21st, 1991, at The University of Tennessee Medical Center, Knoxville. His funeral is held on Sunday, November 24th, at Lennon-Seney United Methodist Church, Knoxville.|
- New York Federal Art Project, 1936-39
- Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibition, New York, 1931-74
- American Negro Exposition, Chicago, 1940
- McMillen Gallery, New York, 1941
- Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1942
- Riverside Museum, New York, 1942
- Atlanta University, Atlanta, Ga., 1942, 1946
- Roko Gallery, New York, 1944
- Greenwich House, New York, 1944
- Art Students League, New York, 1944
- Audubon Artists Fifth Annual, New York, 1946
- National Academy of Design, New York, 1946, 1948
- Hotel Diplomat, New York, 1948
- Pyramid Club, Philadelphia, 1948
- William Anthony Madden's Theater, New York, 1951
- Hotel New Yorker, New York, 1958
- Waldorf Astoria Hotel, New York, 1960
- New York Public Library, Little Gallery, Hudson Park Branch, 1961
- Invisible Americans: Black Artists of the '30's, the Studio Museum in Harlem, 1968.
- Frank H. McClung Museum, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 1970
- Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, 1969, 1971
- The Art Museum, Princeton University, New Jersey, 1976
- Los Angeles County Museum, Los Angeles, Ca., 1976
- Fragments of American Life: An Exhibition of Paintings, organized in 1976 by The Art Museum, Princeton University
- Louis Abrons Arts for Living Center, Henry Street Settlement, New York, 1982
- Robeson Art Gallery, Rutgers University, New Jersey, 1984
- Hidden Heritage, Afro-American Art, 1800-1950, organized in 1985 by Bellevue Art Museum and the Art Museum Association for a tour at ten national museums.
- Visions of My People: African-American Art in Tennessee, organized in 1997 by the Tennessee State Museum
- Alain Locke Society, Princeton University, Princeton, N.J.
- Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta, Ga.
- British American Galleries, New York
- Ewing Gallery, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
- Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, Independence, Mo.
- Huntington Hartford Collection, New York
- Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville, TN
- Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
- National Academy of Design, New York
- Riverside Museum, New York
- Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
- University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tucson
- Harlem State Office Building Art Collection, New York