Ross, an associate professor of drawing and foundations coordinator for his department, is one of nine artists selected to receive this prestigious award of $5,000. These artists are now in consideration for the Southern Prize, which includes an additional $25,000 cash award and a two-week residency at the Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts and Sciences.
All nine State Fellows are featured in an exhibit at the 701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, South Carolina, which continues through May 5.
The winner of the Southern Prize and a $10,000 finalist award will be announced at a ceremony celebrating the State Fellows on April 15.
“We are thrilled that Andrew Scott Ross, visual artist and drawing professor at East Tennessee State University, was selected from a highly competitive field of professional artists to be awarded the 2019 Tennessee State Fellowship award from South Arts,” said Steve Bailey, Tennessee Arts Commission Chair.
Ross is interested in how history is interpreted, recorded and visualized. In efforts to act out his research, he has spent nearly two decades creating a fictional encyclopedic museum.
“I am so happy to be recognized within the Southern arts community,” Ross said. “This award is a chance for me to continue making meaningful connections and develop conversations among the South’s creative voices. I am honored and I can’t wait to meet the other 2019 fellows in Columbia this April.”
Ross has exhibited at major museums and galleries throughout the United States and abroad, and his work has been reviewed in such publications as Artforum Magazine, Art in America, the New York Times, the New Yorker, Sculpture Magazine and Village Voice. He was previously selected for the 2017-18 Tennessee Artist Fellowship by the Austin Peay State University Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts.
His work will be included in the upcoming exhibition “Appalachia Now! An Interdisciplinary Survey of Contemporary Art” in the newly renovated Asheville (North Carolina) Museum of Art.
Ross received his B.F.A. from the Atlanta College of Art and his M.F.A. at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He subsequently studied at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.
“Tennessee is well-known for its creative talent,” said Anne Pope, Tennessee Arts Commission executive director and an ETSU alumna. “We are proud to be a partner with South Arts in this initiative to recognize artists living and working in the South, especially those in Tennessee.”
Visual artists living in South Arts’ nine-state region who create crafts, drawing, experimental, painting, photography, sculpture, mixed media and multidisciplinary work were eligible to apply. The awards will be presented to the artists as unrestricted funds.