The Whittle Commission
In 1990, Barry Spann was commissioned by Whittle Communications to produce the artwork for its new headquarters in Knoxville. The resulting million-dollar project, the largest of its kind in Tennessee history, culminated less than two years later in twenty-eight enormous mountain landscapes on thirty-nine canvases. The complex is today the Howard H. Baker Jr. United States Courthouse and the majority of the original paintings remain.
Barry Spann: Mountain Landscapes, an exhibition of these paintings, was held at the Knoxville Museum of Art 19–21 October 1991.