Michael Sloan was born in Davidson County on July 2, 1947, and grew up in Madison, Tennessee. He received four years of formal training at the Memphis Academy of Arts (now the Memphis College of Arts), and graduated in 1969 with a BFA degree in advertising design. Professionally, he freelanced as an illustrator while developing his personal style of painting.
In 1973 he published his first limited edition print, "Tennessee Winter", which was an immediate success. For the past seventeen years the artist has continued to publish "The Michael Sloan Collection" of limited edition prints; watercolor landscapes of Tennessee's hills and countryside.
In 1982 Mr. Sloan had the honor of being a featured artist at the World's Fair and created a commemorative poster for the Fine Arts Pavilion. The continuing popularity of his work has earned him the reputation as one of the south's finest artists. His works are collected by art enthusiasts throughout America and select foreign cities.
In June of 1988, Michael's watercolor "Twilight at Little River" was selected as one of the top 100 entries from a field of 3,000 paintings in the annual "Arts for the Park" national competition. Sponsored by the National Parks Services, the top entries toured select museums throughout the country during 1988-89.
On Friday June 1st, 1990, Governor Ned McWherter and Mr. Sloan unveiled "The Pride of Tennessee", an oil on canvas painting of Tennessee historic figures that is displayed in the State Capitol building. In conjunction with the unveiling of Sloan's historic painting, McWherter signed a resolution passed be the Tennessee General Assembly designating Michael Sloan as Tennessee's official "Artist-In-Residence" through the 2000. The resolution stated that the official artist-in-residence will express the spirit and assets of Tennessee throughout his works, establishing outstanding talent, contributions to the state and professional accomplishment and the creation of visual art.