Now entering its second year, Southern Constellations is a site-specific residency program hosting six artist teams from across the South for fellowship residencies at Elsewhere. Funded in-part by the National Endowment for the Arts, the program supports six fellowships to create new site-specific projects in the museum and continue to advance Elsewhere’s exploration into the context and conditions for experimental art practice in the South. With Southern Constellations, Elsewhere is building an expanded network of experimental, interdisciplinary art practice that supports collaborations across the South. Artists based in the Southern United States are invited to apply by a nomination committee comprised of curators, artists, and arts administrators also working in the South. Elsewhere will host an open call for applications from artists of color based in North Carolina.
In 2013, Elsewhere received NEA funding for the first iteration of the Southern Constellations curatorial initiative. The 2013 season concluded with the Southern Constellations Convergence- a curated conversation on experimental art practice in the South. An online catalogue for the project will launch in early 2014.
Elsewhere will host meet & greets, artist talks, openings, member’s dinners, and special events as a part of each residency.
The 2014 fellows will be announced in March 2014.
The 2013 fellows include Nick Szuberla of Appalshop (Whitesville, KY), Melissa Vandenberg (Richmond, KY), Joey Orr + Wesley Chenault of John Q (Atlanta, GA), Andrew Dewar (Tuscaloosa, AL), Nikita Gale (Atlanta, GA), and Jillian Mayer (Miami, FL).
March 24, 2014 | Southern Constellations Catalogue Launch
Kicking off the Southern Constellations program in the fall of 2012, the Elsewhere team took a Southern Tour to 11 art production hubs throughout the south to meet with art workers embedded in a wide variety of art spaces and practices–commercial galleries and museums, nonprofit art spaces, and university departments. Destinations included cities throughout Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Florida, and Texas.
A group of more than 30 nominators composed of southern-based curators, artists, and educators recommended 96 individual and artist teams in the South to apply for the fellowship. Of this group, 26 were given interviews and six artists were selected by committee for the fellowships.
In November, the 2013 program culminated with a convergence held at Elsewhere with the launch of the online catalogue in the early part of 2014 . The convergence included a discussion and workshop lead by 2013 fellows Joey Orr (John Q), Melissa Vandeberg, and consulting curator to reflect on the current constellation of southern artists and support continued research on the conditions for experimental, interdisciplinary, creative practice in the South.
Contact: Jennie Carlisle, Elsewhere Production Curator, at firstname.lastname@example.org
2014 Southern Constellations Fellowship
In 2014, artists practicing in the South are eligible to apply by invitation only with an open call for applications from North Carolina based artists of color.
Application is now closed.
2013 Southern Constellations Fellows
Nick Szuberla | Whitesburg, Kentucky
Appalshop is a non-profit multi-disciplinary arts and education center in the heart of Appalachia producing original films, video, theater, music and spoken-word recordings, radio, photography, multimedia, and books. Their education and training programs support communities’ efforts to solve their own problems in a just and equitable way. Nick Szuberla is the current director and co-founder of “Thousand Kites” a national dialogue and organizing project addressing theU.S. criminal justice system and human rights.
Residency Dates: March 29 – April 6
Project: Appalshop Goes Elsewhere
Melissa Vandenberg | Richmond, Kentucky
Vanderberg is a multidisciplinary artist, educator and curator. Her studio practice explores national identity, folk art, ancestry, immigration and the perception of homeland through everyday materials like fabric, stickers, wood, temporary tattoos, paper and found objects. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Art and Foundations Director at Eastern Kentucky University.
Residency Dates: May 15 – June 5
Project: Sew to Speak
Using sewing machines from Elsewhere’s collection for her piece Sew to Speak, Vandenberg explored the dialogue between machines during a Conversations & Constellations cocktail event in May 2013 at Elsewhere.
John Q - Joey Orr + Wesley Chenault | Atlanta, Georgia
Orr and Chenault are members of an idea collective whose name references “John Q. Public.” The “public” is left understood, though the work is considered a kind of public scholarship, and the “Q” is left hanging to reference the group’s interest in queer history and politics.
Residency Dates: June 5 – June 19
Project: Untitled (Books)
Andrew Raffo Dewar | Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Dewar is a composer, improviser, woodwind instrumentalist and ethnomusicologist. He is Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Arts in New College and the School of Music at the University of Alabama.
Residency Dates: July 3 – July 17
Project: Material Music
Nikita Gale | Atlanta, Georgia
Gale is a self-taught conceptual artist who holds a BA in Anthropology (Archaeological Studies) from Yale University. She has exhibited in numerous shows in Atlanta, Georgia; Santa Fe, New Mexico and New York City, New York. She was an Artist-in-Residence at The Center for Photography at Woodstock in Woodstock, New York in 2011 and is currently in the Studio Artist Program at The Atlanta Contemporary Art Center. Gale has had work featured in ART PAPERS, Artforum, The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Headline News, and Oxford American.
Residency Dates: July 10 – August 7
Project: Untitled (Legend)
Jillian Mayer | Miami, Florida
Mayer steeps her artistic practice in the verisimilitude of a generation that came of age in the 1980s. She calls upon drawing, photography, video, online platforms, installation, and performance to enact scenarios of apathy, dysfunction, and disillusionment. Indoctrinated into expectations of upward mobility, instant gratification, and the succinct finesse of a television sitcom and web experience, Mayer critiques the dissonance between her childhood optimism and the state of contemporary culture with an erudite playfulness.
Residency Dates: September 25 – October 23
Prototype for Mayer’s LifeBox, designed from a metal filing system from Elsewhere’s collection.
Southern Constellations Convergence
November 2, 2013
What is artistic experimentation? How does contemporary culture measure the value and success of experimentation in the arts and impact its failure? In which ways are experiments in art different from innovation and invention, trial and error?
The Southern Constellation Convergence aims to explore experimentally in southern art practice as a way of being and making that affects our creative and geographic ecologies. How do experimental art practices change in relation to their object, the conditions–sites and institutions–that foster art making, and the social beliefs and financial resources that design the very possibility of a creative hypothesis?
Join Elsewhere for a curated conversation about experimentally in southern art practice that brings together critical perspectives from across the South for an afternoon of focused conversation and intensive collaboration. Drawing from Elsewhere’s 2013 Southern Constellation curatorial initiative and facilitated conversations among invited attendees, we aim to extend the constellation of support and risk taking for experimental art practice in the south. The convergence is designed as an open, participatory workshop-event driven by the interest, curiosity and expertise of convergence attendees.
Space is limited. Registration is free.
Open registration will close on October 28 and will re-open the day of the conference on November 2 at 1pm on a first come first serve basis, as seating is available.
For more information on this event or the Southern Constellations curatorial initiative, please contact Production Curator Jennie Carlisle at email@example.com.
The main convergence event will be followed by a dinner to celebrate the close of our season and the inaugural run of the Southern Constellations program at Elsewhere. Convergence attendees are welcome and encouraged to join us.
Adrianne Lawless | Seed Space, Director (Nashville, TN)
Andrew Dewar | University of Alabama, New College, Director of Interdisciplinary Arts (Tuscaloosa, AL)
Anne Dennington | Flux Projects, Executive Director (Atlanta, GA)
Anthony Spinello | Spinello Projects, Founder & Curator (Miami, FL)
Brendan Greaves | Writer, Curator, Folklorist (Chapel Hill, NC)
Carol Cole | Artist (Greensboro, NC)
Chance McCoy | Musician, One Beat Resident (Nashville, TN)
Christopher Cook | Cannonball, Executive Director (Miami, FL)
Christopher Saucedo | Artist (New Orleans, LA)
Dan Brawley | Cucalorus Film Festival, Director (Wilmington, NC)
Darius Hill | Teacher, Artist (Birmingham, AL)
Don Russell | Provisions Library, Director (Washington, DC)
Greely Myatt | Artist, University of Memphis, Professor (Memphis, TN)
Greg Shelnut | Clemson Art Department, Chair (Clemson, NC)
Guido Maus | Beta Pictoris Gallery, Owner, Gallery Director (Birmingham, AL)
Ian Gamble | Elsewhere Artist (Richmond, VA)
Jim Gallucci | Jim Gallucci Sculptor, LTD. (Greensboro, NC)
Jina Valentine | Artist, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Professor (Chapel Hill, NC)
Jody Servon | Artist, Catherine Smith Gallery, Director (Boone, NC)
John T. Edge | Center for the Study of Southern Culture, University of Mississippi, Southern Foodways Alliance, Director (University, MS)
Juliet Hinley | Elsewhere Artist
Katy Malone | South Arts, Program Director (Atlanta, GA)
Lain York | Zeitgeist, Artist, Gallery Director (Nashville, TN)
Laura Way | Greenhill Center for NC Art, Executive Director (Greensboro, NC)
Mark Scala | Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Chief Curator (Nashville, TN)
Nancy Doll | Weatherspoon Museum, Director (Greensboro, NC)
Rob Peterson | Elsewhere Artist (Shreveport, LA)
Shana Berger | Coleman Art Center, Executive Director (York, AL)
Sheryl Oring | Artist, University of North Carolina- Greensboro,Assistant Professor (Greensboro, NC)
Steven Matijcio | SECCA, Curator of Contemporary Art (Winston Salem, NC)
Stuart Horodener | Contemporary Art Center Atlanta, Executive Director (Atlanta, GA)
Teka Selman | Duke University, Master of Fine Arts in Experimental and Documentary Arts, Assistant Director (Durham, NC)
Trenton Doyle Hancock | Artist (Houston, TX)
Xochi Q Solis | Artist, University of Texas Austin, Director of Events and Public Programming, Visual Arts Center (Austin, TX )