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CECA Tennessee Artist Fellowship Lecture: Benjy Russell
Benjy Russell, one of two CECA Tennessee Artist Fellowship recipients in 2020-2021, will give a virtual lecture that is free and open to the public.

Russell is a Choctaw artist who grew up in Oklahoma and lives and works in Tennessee. His work finds its place at the intersection of philosophy, science, and art to see the world “prismatically” and to unlearn harmful antiquated social structures. Living as a gay man in rural Tennessee, he has found a thriving, diverse community of queer and trans people who serve as inspiration and collaborators. As an artist who has always looked to science fiction as a model for how we can shape the future we want, Russell creates a fictionalized version of the future he desires.

According to Russell, “Most of my work utilizes in-camera effects, using sculpture, studio lights, and mirrors to allude to magical realism. By creating a physical moment of impossibility, I can hold it up to the rest of the world to show what else is possible. My work points to some of the joy inherent in this life, showing it to be as much of the present moment as it is of the future.”

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.

Mar 30, 2021 06:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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