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The family of Cookeville artist Emma Lee Dowell Wade has donated her painting, Rebecca at the Well, to Tennessee Tech University for display in the Angelo & Jennette Volpe Library.

Wade studied painting under Fannie Kykendall in Cookeville during the early 1900s. Wade’s love of painting led to widespread recognition of her work, and Rebecca at the Well has been exhibited in the art gallery of the Nashville Parthenon.

Wade’s daughter, Beckyanne Marable, is proud to have the painting on permanent display in the Volpe Library as a way to honor her mother’s artistic talent and her longstanding support of the university’s students. Her mother passed away January 26, 1965.

During the 1930s, Wade boarded TTU students after the death of her husband, Downey Jones Wade. Marable remembers the boys calling Wade their “mother away from home.”

Marable earned a bachelor’s degree in human ecology at TTU in 1944. She and her daughters now live in the Knoxville area.

Rebecca at the Well is on display on the first floor of the Volpe Library, to the right of the front entrance. It is the first of several art pieces planned for an exhibit in the newly renovated library.