Southern Constellations (SOCO) is a fellowship program exploring experimental practices across a network of southern artists and makers. Elsewhere’s Southern Constellations residency provides fellowship support and expanded conversation. Southern Constellations fellows are supported through a month long residency at Elsewhere, provided room and board in the museum, travel support, and $1000 artist honorarium. Fellows participate in a residency cohort with five other SOCO artists.

Fellows are nominated by arts professionals in the field and through open applications. All applications are reviewed by a committee composed of curators, directors, and past SOCO fellows.  While working independently and site-specifically at Elsewhere, fellows are also featured in public events and exhibitions around the region.

Elsewhere is seeking artists with sophisticated, socially and critically engaged work, and commitment to their city or region. A residency at Elsewhere is an uncommon experience. We are specifically looking for artists who connect with our mission by demonstrating experimentation, aesthetic adventure and radical practices or for which our residency would be meaningful. Elsewhere seeks to curate a diverse cohort in terms of geography, race, identity, and media.

Please stay tuned for Southern Constellation Residency 2018 & 2019 dates. Fellows are expected to participate in the full month residency.

Southern Constellations is funded in-part by the National Endowment for the Arts.





 Fear No JoyJoshua Moton (Brooklyn, NY; Pollard, AL)
Southern Constellations Fellowship. July 2017. Cello performance, bleach on denim, ribbons, roses, bubbles, love.


11½ Spells for Our Future SelvesAsh Eliza Smith (San Diego, CA; Morganton, NC)
July 2017. Installation, performance, 3d prints, bacteria samples in petri dishes, found items.

Please Stay Tuned for 2018/2019 Call & Dates

Fellowships are primarily based on nominations from a field of arts professionals. Elsewhere solicits nominations from a group of over 30 artists, curators, collectors, and university educators in an effort to build an expanded regional network of experimental practitioners, and foster an exciting cohort of exceptional artists.

To be eligible for the Southern Constellation Fellowship artists must be raised or based in the Southern United States and able to attend a month long residency for 2018Artists who meet eligibility for this Fellowship, which covers room, board, travel and provides a $1000 honorarium, should indicate so on the residency application and answer the additional question.

Applicants seriously interested in an Elsewhere Residency are encouraged to indicate their interest in other residency sessions, as fellowships are very competitive (12 spaces with approx. 100 applicants). This will not hurt your ability to receive the fellowship. Artists new to our organization are encouraged to closely review the Residency Program page and peruse our website to acquire deep knowledge about Elsewhere and what we offer.


Future Holiday, Rachel Debuque (Washington, DC)
August 2015. Digital video featuring a set created from  found fabric, paint, and wooden clouds.




2017 – Year Five Fellows:

william cordova (Miami, FL)
Project: untitled: or obsneerg y las cronicas marcianas

Joshua Moton (Brooklyn, NY / Pollard, AL)
Project: Fear No Joy

Rontherin Ratliff (New Orleans, LA)
Project: Rosa No. 7 Yellow Independence

Saba Taj (Durham, NC)
Project: Interstellar Uber / Negotiations with God

Ash Eliza Smith (Morganton, NC / San Diego, CA)
Project: 11½ Spells for Our Future Selves


2016  Year Four Fellows:

Jane Cassidy (Tuscaloosa, AL)
Project: We Went Down To O’Shea’s Wood

Maria Molteni (Nashville, TN)
Project: Revolving Spectrum

Charisse Weston (Houston, TX)
Project: Politics Surrounded | From Giving (Medley)

Cosmo Whyte (Atlanta, GA)
Project: Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner (from the Manifest Destiny Musical Series)

Antoine Williams (Chapel Hill/Greensboro, NC)
Project: Because They Believe in Unicorns


2015 – Year Three Fellows:

Regina Agu (Houston, TX)
Project: A Living Index

Rachel Debuque (Washington, DC)
Project: Future Holiday

Jana Harper (Nashville, TN)
Project: New Walks in an Old Field 

George Jenne (Chapel Hill, NC)
Project: Two Bizarre and Unexplained Deaths

Iman Person (Atlanta, GA)
Project: All Acts of Pleasure

Hồng-Ân Trương (Chapel Hill, NC)
Project: To Preserve, Destroy


2014 – Year Two Fellows:

Izel Vargas (Boynton Beach, FL)
Project : Looking for Ghosts

Hillerbrand + Magsamen (Houston, TX)
Projects : Mandalas, Elsewhere China and Elsewhere Rainbow + Collected and Recollected

Martha Whittington (Atlanta, GA)
Project : Flannery’s Bunker

Lee Deigaard (New Orleans, LA)
Project : Horses at the Museum

Nsenga Knight (Durham, NC)
Project : Make Safe, Make Space

Stacy Lynn Waddell (Chapel Hill, NC)
Project : Leukerbad

The 2014 program culminated with a convergence held at Elsewhere in November.
See more : Convergence 2014 : Neighbors and Networks


2013 – Year One Fellows:

Nick Szuberla of Appalshop (Whitesville, KY)
Project: Appalshop Goes Elsewhere

Melissa Vandenberg (Richmond, KY)
Project: Sew to Speak

Joey Orr + Wesley Chenault of John Q (Atlanta, GA)
Project: Untitled (Books)

Andrew Raffo Dewar (Tuscaloosa, AL)
Project: Material Music

Nikita Gale (Atlanta, GA)
Project: Untitled (Legend)

Jillian Mayer (Miami, FL)
Project: LifeBox

The 2013 program culminated with a convergence held at Elsewhere in November that raised questions about the nature and value of experimentation in the arts, as well as its formation within a Southern context. The convergence included a discussion and workshop lead by 2013 fellows Joey Orr (John Q), Melissa Vandenberg, and 2013 consulting curator Kinsey Katchka to reflect on the current constellation of southern artists.



First Friday Exhibition | Southern Constellations
Friday, August 4th | 6 – 10 pm

Meet the six #SouthernConstellations (SoCo) Artist Fellows and explore what these residents have been up to in this culminating, group, opening exhibition for August First Friday.

Join us at Elsewhere (on-site or online via Facebook Live!) for the block party🎉 — musical performances, new installation works, film screenings, craft cocktails by donation, and art for all ages to enjoy.

$1-5 admission fee.

Featured artists:

Willam Cordova | Miami, FL
Joshua Moton | Long Island, NY
Rontherin Ratliff | New Orleans, LA
Saba Taj | Durham, NC
Ash Eliza Smith | San Diego, CA
YATTA | Brooklyn, NY

Southern Constellations is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Questions or dietary/access needs? Please contact museum@goelsewhere.org.



Elsewhere elsewhere is pleased to present Southern Constellations, an exhibition of selected works from Elsewhere’s Museum. The exhibition, hosted by American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center in Washington, DC is in collaboration with Transformer, a partner in the Common Field. The exhibition runs April 1-May 29th, and will feature 15+ artworks from Elsewhere’s collection created by artists who participated in Elsewhere’s residency and southern curatorial initiative. A Constellation Convergence of DC art spaces, collectives, and artist organizers is being planned for May.

Now in its fourth year, Elsewhere’s Southern Constellations residency invites six artists raised or based in the southern United States for fellowships at the museum. Artists create site-specific works that explore the museum, its collection and communities as an intersecting ecology of social, political, and material concerns. Through Southern Constellations, Elsewhere connects with regional networks of experimental artists and arts spaces, considering the conditions and context for experimentation in the South. An annual convergence considers the resources that sustain and engage practitioners in the region. A selection of Elsewhere’s Southern Constellation works have shown at the Atlanta Contemporary, ArtSpace Raleigh, Allcott Gallery and Sloane Art Library on the campus of University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Smith Gallery at Appalachian State University, and the Stanford L Warren Library in Durham, North Carolina. The residency is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Southern Constellations will be the 3rd exhibition in Transformer’s four-part Do You Know Where Your Art Comes From? series being presented over two years at the American University Museum and Katzen Arts Center. Do You Know Where Your Art Comes From? investigates current and future models of art organizing by highlighting various contemporary platforms that artists and arts organizations have initiated to develop, create, and present art. The exhibition is curated by Victoria Reis, Executive is curated by Victoria Reis, Executive & Artistic Director of Transformer, in collaboration with Tim Doud, Associate Professor of Art and coordinator of the Visiting Artist Program at American University.