Southern Constellations is an NEA-funded initiative that advances Elsewhere’s commitment to local wisdom and regional participation in global contemporary conversations. The initiative builds an expanded network of experimental, interdisciplinary art practices to support collaboration across the region. Elsewhere will again be offering six paid fellowships for residencies to exceptional emerging and established artists whose practices are based in the Southeastern United States.
Elsewhere is currently seeking artists, designers and creatives interested in creating new, experimental works at the museum and participating in dialogues on the conditions of experimental art production in the south. Artists based in the Southern United States are invited to apply by nomination. Nominated artists will be asked to submit their portfolios by January 2015. Artists of color are encouraged to apply. Top candidates will be interviewed in January 2015, and the final selection of artists will be announced in February 2015.
Artists selected for Southern Constellations Fellowships will participate in Elsewhere’s residency program with full creative support, travel stipends, room and board in the living museum, and a $1000 honorarium.
Jina Valentine, an artist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Art at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill is the program’s consulting curator again this year. She is working alongside Production Curator, Jennie Carlisle, to design this years program. Valentine has a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University and a MFA at Stanford University. She has had fellowships and residencies at the Santa Fe Art Institute, Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture and the Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, FL. Her work has been exhibited at the Fleisher/Ollman Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, Steve Turner Gallery, Los Angeles and the Drawing Center in New York City, among others.
Application Deadline | January 25, 2015
2014 – Year Two
In 2014 the consulting curator was Jina Valentine, an artist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Art at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She worked alongside Production Curator, Jennie Carlisle, to design this years program. Valentine has a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University and a MFA at Stanford University. She has had fellowships and residencies at the Santa Fe Art Institute, Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture and the Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, FL. Her work has been exhibited at the Fleisher/Ollman Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, Steve Turner Gallery, Los Angeles and the Drawing Center in New York City, among others.
2014 Southern Constellations Fellows included:
Izel Vargas (Boynton Beach, FL)
Project : Looking for Ghosts
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
The Consulting Curator for year one was Kinsey Katchka, an independent curator based in Raleigh, North Carolina who specializes in global contemporary arts and visual culture. Katchka was recently a Guest Curator at Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African Art for the production of the exhibition Lalla Essaydi: Revisions (2012). Other notable exhibitions include Far from Home (2008) and Julie Mehretu: City Sitings (2007-9), both for the North Carolina Museum of Art.
2013 Southern Constellations Fellows included:
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
Jillian Mayer (Miami, FL)
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.
Nomination + Selection
With Southern Constellations we are building an expanded network of experimental, interdisciplinary art practices. Constellations Fellows are selected through a robust nomination committee composed of over 30 curators, gallerists, collectors, university educators, and artists from across the South based on the sophistication of their practice and their potential contribution to the discourse on experimentality in the arts. Other criteria for selection includes: the types of projects that applicants are involved with, their means of working with materials and conceptual concerns, and their positionality vis-a-vis the South. Southern Constellations Fellows are exceptional artists aligned with Elsewhere’s core conceptual concerns: process orientation, collaboration, critical play, material density, temporality, participation, and the integration of art with everyday life.
In selecting Southern Constellations Fellows we aim for diversity in terms of geographic location, racial identity, and modes of art making.
Nominators this year include:
Devin Balara (Knoxville, TN), Artist
Mark Callahan (Athens, GA), Ideas for Creative Exploration (ICE), UGA, Director
Jennie Carlisle (Greensboro, NC), Elsewhere, Curator, Southern Constellations Admin.
Carol Cole (Greensboro, NC) Artist and Collector
Dean Daderko (Houston, TX), CAM Houston, Curator
Lee Deigaard (New Orleans, LA), Artist
Susannah Darrow (Atlanta, GA), Burnaway Magazine, Director
Xandra Eden (Greensboro, NC) Weatherspoon Art Museum, Curator
Cora Fisher (Winston-Salem, NC), SECCA, Curator
Jana Harper (Nashville, TN), Artist
Wassan Al-Khudhairi (Birmingham, AL), Birmingham Museum of Art, Curator
Nsenga Knight (Durham, NC), Durham, NC
Eric Kocher (Spartanburg, SC), Hub Bub, Director
Pedro Lasch (Durham, NC), Artist
Cary Levine (Chapel Hill, NC) UNC-CH, Art Historian
Beth Malone (Atlanta, GA), Dashboard Co-op, Director
Mary Magsamen (Houston, TX), Aurora Picture Show, Curator + Artist
Guido Maus (Birmingham, AL), Beta Pictoris Gallery, Gallerist and Curator
Greely Myatt (Memphis, TN), Artist
Joey Orr (Atlanta, GA), Artist
Marshall Price (Durham, NC), Nasher Museum of Art, Curator
Rachel Reese (Atlanta, GA), Atlanta Contemporary, Communications Manager
Michael Rooks (Atlanta, GA), The High Museum, Curator
Mark Scala (Nashville, TN), The Frist Center, Curator
Greg Shelnutt (Greenville, SC), Clemson University, Artist
Teka Selman (Durham, NC), Independent Curator
Bob Snead (New Orleans, LA), Press Street, Director
Todd Stewart (Rock Hill, SC), Artist
Ashley Teamer (New Orleans, LA), Artist
Shannon Turner (Atlanta, GA), Alternate Roots, Residency Director
Melissa Vandenberg (Richmond, KY) Eastern Kentucky University, Artist
Jina Valentine (Chapel Hill, NC), UNC-CH, Artist, Southern Constellations Consulting Curator
Izel Vargas (Boynton Beach, FL), Artist
Stephen Vitiello (Richmond, VA), Virginia Commonwealth University, Artist
Martha Whittington (Atlanta, GA), Artist
Stephanie Williams (Harrisonburg, VA), Artist
Regional exhibitions, conferences, network gatherings, and publications serve as opportunities to share the work of Southern Constellations Fellows’ work and further program participation both regionally and nationally.
This year, the Southern Constellations program will be featured at the 9/50 Summit, held at the Atlanta Contemporary in Georgia (June 20-22), and the Alliance for Artist Communities Conference (October 20-23), in Charleston, SC.