Adelia's Studio

There is no other such room in or about Knoxville…in which one who is blessed with a love for the beautiful, in nature or in art, can get so much genuine enjoyment, so much unalloyed pleasure.” – Knoxville Tribune

Adelia’s Studio is the crown jewel of Historic Westwood. It is where one of Tennessee’s first professional  female painters worked, displayed her paintings, inspired her students, hosted the Nicholson Art League and welcomed her closest circle of friends and family.

While Adelia occasionally painted portraits (especially of her children) and landscapes, her favorite subject matter was flowers, especially hollyhocks, which she also grew in her garden at Westwood. Adelia studied at the Philadelphia Academy of Fine Art and the Corcoran Art Gallery in Washington, D.C. Her works were exhibited at expositions throughout the South and won various awards. Her paintings are currently included in the collections of the Knoxville Museum of Art and the Tennessee State Museum. The collection at Historic Westwood is the largest public gallery of her work with many pieces on permanent loan from the McClung Collection.

Lutz did much of her work at Historic Westwood in her studio, a grand room with a cathedral ceiling and skylights. The walls are painted in Lutz’s preferred color of red and the studio’s fireplace contains tiles painted with the portraits of Lutz’s favorite authors. Adelia was an inaugural member of the storied Nicholson Art League which included other notable local artists such as Lloyd Branson and Catherine Wiley.