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Edward W. Dougherty was born July 6, 1907 in Blount County, Tennessee. He was a graduate of Everett High School in Maryville and received a B. S. degree from University of Tennessee in 1939. He continued his education at the Phoenix Art Institute and Columbia University in New York City. In 1942, while teaching at Central High School in Knoxville, he tried to volunteer for military service but was rejected because of his age. He was offered work in the secret government project in Oak Ridge and was hired as a sign painter and illustrator. The security billboards were his specialty.
After the war, Mr. Dougherty formed Park Sign Company, located in Oak Ridge. One of the company’s major contracts was with the American Museum of Atomic Energy. At one point, Mr. Dougherty maintained more than 100 outdoor billboards for the museum.
Mr. Dougherty retired in 1972 and spent many years experimenting with driftwood and other natural materials to create “assemblage art.” He taught art at the Oak Ridge YWCA, the Knoxville YWCA and the Community Art Center and was the Director of Fine Arts of the Tennessee Valley Agricultural and Industrial Fair.
These images were donated to the Library as digital files by James A. Dougherty.