Episode 07 – Brandon Donahue and Ashton Ludden
For our second episode that features a conversation with two artists, I invited Ashton Ludden and Brandon Donahue to join me. Brandon and Ashton have many things in common: they both graduated from the University of Tennessee, both have served as 2-D coordinators for Arrowmont’s Pentaculum event, and both have completed murals on Arrowmont’s campus. We spend much of our conversation talking about the practice of mural painting, but also talk about how much Arrowmont brings people together. Below are some links to topics mentioned in the cast:
- The Brainerd Youth and Family Development Mural Project: https://publicartchattanooga.com/brainerd-yfd-mural/
- Lauren Hom, lettering artist: https://www.homsweethom.com/
- Ashton’s Website: http://ashtonludden.com/
- Brandon’s Website: https://brandonjaquezdonahue.com/home.html
Brandon Donahue is an artist working in painting, assemblage, and sculpture revolved around memorializing and commemorating. Donahue received his B.S. from Tennessee State University and M.F.A. from The University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Donahue has exhibited nationally and internationally including the 13th annual Havana Biennial in Matanzas, Cuba in 2019. He is represented by David Lusk Gallery in Nashville, Tn. Donahue now lives and works in Mt. Rainier, MD and is currently an artist in residence at the David C. Driskell Center at the University of Maryland College Park.
Ashton Ludden is a printmaker, sign artist, and educator. She received her MFA in printmaking at the University of Tennessee in 2013 and her BFA in Engraving Arts & Printmaking at Emporia State University in 2009. Her animal-focused work has been shown nationally and internationally. Ashton Ludden is co-owner and founder of community artists space Relay Ridge in Knoxville and the lead sign artist for her local Trader Joe’s.