APSU Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts Announces Ashton Ludden Selected for Tennessee Artist Fellowship 2021-22

Clarksville, TN – The Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts (CECA) at Austin Peay State University (APSU) is pleased to announce that artist Ashton Ludden of Knoxville, Tennessee has been selected as the recipient of the Artist Fellowship of Tennessee 2021-2022.




The CECA Tennessee Artist Fellowship was created to celebrate contemporary art and support the ongoing creative work of outstanding Tennessee artists. Unlike other scholarships, artist nominations and applications are not solicited. A faculty committee at Austin Peay State University compiles a list of outstanding artists from across the state and selects the scholarship recipient.

“We have been very 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,” read a statement from the committee. . “Ludden combines humor and cynicism with quality illustrations and handwritten lettering in his work.”

Ludden’s footage first caught the committee’s attention.

“His images alert us to the wild world around us and prompt us to consider our daily actions that directly or indirectly affect it,” the committee said. “His work aims to evoke a renewal of care, conversation and respect for other living things in nature – it’s a concept we hadn’t discussed with our previous fellows and one that has encouraged us to look closer to all of Ludden’s work.”

Singing the Blues by Ashton Ludden
Singing the Blues by Ashton Ludden

Ludden’s reach stretches across the state as an educator. She teaches at the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts, is the 2D Artist Coordinator for the Pentaculum Artist Residency at the Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts, and is a 2022 Mentor for the Tennessee Craft Master Artist Apprentice Program. As an ambassador, Ludden is building community studios with a community print shop in Knoxville, Tennessee.

“These three factors make her more than deserving of this year’s scholarship and support from the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts,” the committee said.


In addition to an artist talk, which will be presented this fall, APSU’s Department of Art + Design is commissioning new work from Ludden for the Art + Design building on the Austin Peay State University campus. The commissioned work will be installed this summer.

About the scholarship

Home improvement by Ashton Ludden
Home improvement by Ashton Ludden

Thanks to the generous support of CECA, the selected artist receives $5,000 to help create new artwork and additional funding for an artist talk.

“Because APSU is the statewide center of excellence for creative arts in Tennessee, we wanted to find a way to support artists statewide,” said Barry Jones, Dean of the College of Arts and Letters from APSU. “There are an incredible number of incredible artists here, but unfortunately there is not a lot of financial support for them. We hope this scholarship will help an artist from Tennessee maintain their practice and know that we support what they do.


Past recipients of the CECA Tennessee Artist Fellowship include Maysey Craddock of Memphis, Alicia Henry of Nashville, Andrew Scott Ross of Johnson City, Bryce McCloud of Nashville, Carl E. Moore of Memphis, Benjy Russell of Dowelltown and Karen Seapker of Nashville .

For more information on the scholarship, please contact Janice Crews, Director of CECA, at .

To stay informed of upcoming CECA events, including the upcoming Ludden Artist Conference in the fall, please visit www.apsu.edu/ceca or follow CECA on social networks.

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