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CECA Tennessee Artist Fellowship

The CECA Tennessee Artist Fellowship was created to celebrate contemporary art, and to support the continued creative work of exceptional Tennessee artists. Unlike other fellowships, nominations and applications from artists are not solicited. A committee of APSU Art + Design faculty compiles a list of outstanding artists from across the state and selects the fellowship recipient. Through the generous support of the Center of Excellence in the Creative Arts (CECA), the selected artist receives $5,000 to aid in the creation of new artwork.

“Since APSU is the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts for the entire state of Tennessee, we wanted to find a way to support artists state-wide,” said Barry Jones, who was chair of the APSU Department of Art and Design at the time the fellowship was established. “There is an incredible amount of amazing artists here, but unfortunately there isn’t much financial support for them. We hope that this fellowship helps a Tennessee artist maintain their practice and to know that we support what they are doing.”


2021-2022 Recipient, Ashton Ludden

Ashton Ludden headshot

The Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts (CECA) is pleased to announce that artist Ashton Ludden of Knoxville, Tennessee, has been selected as the recipient of the 2021-2022 Tennessee Artist Fellowship.

“We were highly impressed with the versatility of Ludden’s practice and how she uses her work to engage with her community as an artist, educator and ambassador,” a statement from the selection committee reads. “Ludden combines humor and cynicism with quality illustrations and hand-lettering in her work.”

Ludden will give a public lecture about her work in the Fall of 2022. Details TBD. 

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SingingTheBluesSinging the Blues by Ashton Ludden


Past Recipients