Join us for a talk by Knoxville artist Jonathan Adams, the 2023–24 recipient of Austin Peay State University’s Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts (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. Rather, 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 and additional funding for an artist lecture.

The selection committee states: ‶We are excited to award the 2023–24 CECA Tennessee Artist Fellowship to Jonathan Adams of Knoxville. We were impressed with Adams’s work and how he excavates, through large-scale drawings and performance, the psychological, symbolic, and social ghosts of contemporary Black life after death against the backdrop of the culturally complex Appalachian region of the American South—notably his imagery based on his early experiences in the church, family drug abuse, systemic class racism, and Southern mysticism. His creative practice embodies the richness of Southern—or Tennessean—storytelling.″

About Jonathan Adams

Jonathan Adams is an artist from Bristol, VA/TN. He earned his BFA with a concentration in drawing from East Tennessee State University and his MFA in interdisciplinary studio art from Rutgers University. His work has been exhibited internationally and nationally, including at such venues as the Studio Museum in Harlem‘s Studio magazine, the Brooklyn Army Terminal, Crosstown Arts, Chautauqua Visual Arts Galleries, Wiregrass Museum of Art, William King Museum of Art, Dots Gallery, and the Kansas African American Museum. He was also a part-time lecturer in drawing at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. Adams works as a full-time artist and lives with his family in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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