The Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts at Austin Peay State University is pleased to present the 2017–18 Tennessee Artist Fellow lecture by Andrew Scott Ross, of Johnson City, on Friday, March 2, at 6:00 p.m. in the Rechter Room of the Frist Center for the Visual Arts.
The CECA Tennessee Artist Fellowship celebrates contemporary art and supports the continued creative work of exceptional Tennessee artists. Unlike other fellowships, nominations and applications from artists are not solicited. A committee of APSU faculty compiles a list of outstanding artists from across the state from which the fellowship recipient is selected.
Ross received his BFA from the Atlanta College of Art and his MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He subsequently studied at the Skowhegan (Maine) School of Painting and Sculpture and is currently an associate professor in drawing at East Tennessee State University.
“We were highly impressed with Ross’s work,” a member of the selection committee said. “His gritty yet refined work is conceptually layered and rich with texture, and his drawings transcend the two-dimensional surface we associate with drawing media. His manipulation of the drawing surface into large-scale installations, along with his dedication in constructing a personal visual language, is what made him the top choice for this year’s fellowship. We’re excited that contemporary drawing is alive and well in Tennessee.”
Ross has exhibited throughout the United States and abroad, including at The Museum of Arts and Design in New York, The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia in Atlanta, The Guggenheim Museum in New York, The Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv, The Knoxville Museum of Art, and the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.
His art has been reviewed in publications such as Art in America, the New York Times, the New Yorker,Sculpture Magazine, and the Village Voice. His work appeared in the 2017 Atlanta Biennial (ATLBNL) at the Atlanta Contemporary, and in the curated section of the Art on Paper exhibition at the Weatherspoon Museum in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Past recipients of CECA Tennessee Artist Fellow include Alicia Henry, Nashville, and Maysey Craddock, Memphis. For information on the fellowship, contact Janice Crews, director of CECA, firstname.lastname@example.org. To stay informed of upcoming CECA events, visit www.apsu.edu/ceca or follow CECA on social media @apsuceca.