Commemorate Jackson’s Bicentennial Celebration with Legacy Prints from Local Artist Lendon Noe

Commemorate Jackson’s Bicentennial Celebration with Legacy Prints from Local Artist Lendon Noe

Prints from Lendon Noe’s “In This Moment: An Interpretation of 200 Years of Jackson Madison County History” Bicentennial art gallery will be available for purchase for a limited time on Thursday, June 13 at City Hall from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. More than a dozen pieces from the gallery have been hand-selected by artist Lendon Noe for reproduction. Unframed prints will range from $25 – $30. A preview of the high-quality prints that will be available for purchase can be found on the Jackson Madison County Bicentennial Facebook page.

“We are thrilled to offer our community an opportunity to own a piece of Lendon’s extraordinary artwork that beautifully captures the rich history and spirit of Jackson and Madison County, said Bicentennial Chair Elaine Christian.

The “In This Moment” art gallery was unveiled on the second floor of City Hall on Monday, October 2, 2023. It embodies the remarkable spirit of the people of Jackson and Madison County throughout two-hundred years of history, culture, and community. Noe drew inspiration from the Bicentennial Milestones book to craft 37 canvases and mixed media exhibits that pay homage to the multifaceted history of Jackson and Madison County. Pieces within the gallery reflect dozens of themes that have shaped Jackson’s identity over the past two centuries, including healthcare, education, arts, entertainment, religion, medicine, and more.

“Creating this body of work has been a privilege and a great pleasure,” said Noe. “My personal focus was to highlight what it was like for an ordinary individual to make their home here.”

Lendon’s gallery is one of many legacy projects coordinated by the Bicentennial Commission to commemorate our past and inspire future generations. Additional Bicentennial legacy projects include the Milestones history book, a commissioned art gallery at Madison County Courthouse by Caleb O’Connor, a time capsule, Bicentennial Park, and an archive book. These projects are made possible by our Legacy sponsors – City of Jackson, Madison County, Jackson Energy Authority, and West Tennessee Healthcare.



Lendon Hamilton Noe is a native of Jackson, Tennessee, where she was a professor of art at Lambuth University for 28 years. She maintains a studio and gallery at her home in Jackson. She completed her MFA in Painting and Mixed Media at Vermont College. Her work includes oil painting, original prints, mixed media, and installation. For the last 25 years, her work has focused on natural history; more recently, she’s become interested in ancestry. She enjoys creating site-specific thematic shows that are often inspired by and paired with poetry. Lendon enjoys teaching workshops in person, and you can find her online classes with Carla Sonheim at Examples of her work can be seen on Instagram @lendonnoeartwork. She has also been working part-time for the Art Museum of the University of Memphis, producing community arts projects for the Lambuth campus in Jackson.


Madison County was established by the Tennessee Legislature on November 7, 1821. The city of Alexandria was renamed Jackson, in honor of Tennessee native and seventh President of the United States Andrew Jackson, on August 17, 1822.

The City of Jackson and Madison County commemorated bicentennial anniversaries during a year-long celebration with more than 130 events from August 2021 to August 2022. The once-in-a-lifetime event brought together hundreds of volunteers and thousands of community members to celebrate 200 years of history and culture while building new memories for future generations.

The effort would not have been possible without Bicentennial Chair Elaine Christian. Bicentennial Commission members included City of Jackson Mayor Scott Conger, Madison County Mayor Jimmy Harris, Judy Renshaw, Anita Kay Archer, Ted Austin, Leigh Anne Bentley, Gayle Gilbert, Loni Harris, Dennis Henderson, and Marda Wallace.

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