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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.”

2020-2021 Recipients: 

Benjy Russell (Dowelltown, TN) and Karen Seapker (Donelson, TN)


Join us for a free virtual lecture with each of the 2020-2021 CECA Tennessee Artist Fellowship recipients: 

Karen Seapker
Mar 18, 2021
6:00 PM
Zoom Webinar ID: 821 1806 9324
Register here

Benjy Russell
Mar 30, 2021
6:00 PM
Zoom Webinar ID: 869 5722 0806
Register here

The Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts (CECA) is pleased to announce Benjy Russell, from Dowelltown, and Karen Seapker, from Donelson, as the 2020-21 recipients of the Tennessee Artist Fellowship.

“This year was a real treat as we were able to award an additional fellowship. We are honored to award this fellowship to not one, but two deserving Tennessee artists,” said a member of the selection committee. “We chose these artists as their works tackle very personal narratives that are exquisitely crafted. Beyond that, these are two generous artists who have used their artistic practice to build and give back to their respective artistic communities. We’re also excited to host their respective artist lectures via Zoom to offer greater accessibility to the rest of the state. The artist lectures will happen during the Spring 2021 semester with dates to be announced.”

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CECA 2020-2021 Artist Fellows

2019-2020 Recipient: 
Carl Moore (Memphis, TN)

2018-2019 Recipient:
Bryce McCloud (Nashville, TN)

2017-2018 Recipient:
Andrew Scott Ross (Johnson City, TN)

2016-2017 Recipient:
Alicia Henry (Nashville, TN)

2015-2016 Recipient:
Maysey Craddock (Nashville, TN)