Southern Constellations(SOCO) is a fellowship program exploring experimental practices across a the 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. We are specifically looking for artists that demonstrate experimentation, aesthetic adventure and radical practices for whom an Elsewhere residency and ongoing participation in a regional network of artists would be meaningful. Elsewhere seeks to curate a diverse cohort in terms of geography, race, identity, and media.
The Southern Constellation Residency is scheduled to take place July 13 – August 10, 2016.
Fellows are expected to participate in the full month residency.
Southern Constellations is funded in-part by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Southern Constellations Residency Session: July 13 – August 10, 2016
To be eligible for the Southern Constellation Fellowship, artists must be born or based in the Southern United States.
Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 11:59pm est.
ROUND 1: All applications will be reviewed by a committee of Elsewhere artists, cabinet members, and curators.
ROUND 2: 30-minute interview over Skype with a committee member.
SELECTION: Mid-March 2016
The application committee will look favorably on residents that demonstrate a commitment of applied skills, design intention, site-specific interest, and community participation.
*Nominations: Southern Constellation 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. In an effort to reach those we don’t know and create space for those operating outside the artistic networks we have cultivated, unsolicited applications are now considered through our residency application process.
Elsewhere is now accepting applications for 2016 Southern Constellations Fellowships from artists with practice based in the Southern United States. We welcome individuals and collaborative teams working across media, fields, disciplines, and administrations to apply.
Elsewhere is seeking artists with sophisticated practice, socially and critically engaged work, and commitment to their city or region. We are specifically seeking artists that demonstrate experimentation, aesthetic adventure and radical practices for whom an Elsewhere residency and ongoing participation in a regional network of artists would be meaningful. Elsewhere seeks to curate a diverse cohort in terms of geography, race, identity, and media.
The residency session for selected Southern Constellation fellows will take place July 13 – August 10, 2016.
Applications are due February 13, 2016 by 11:59pm est.
To apply please fill out the online application and select the SOCO option to be considered for the fellowship. Online application will require a link to website or upload a PDF with your CV/resume and up to 10 images.
For questions about the program or eligibility please contact email@example.com.
2015 – Year Three
2015 Southern Constellations Fellows included:
George Jenne (Chapel Hill, NC)
Project: Two Bizarre and Unexplained Deaths
Hong-An Trung (Chapel Hill, NC)
2014 – Year Two
2014 Southern Constellations Fellows included:
Izel Vargas (Boynton Beach, FL)
Project : Looking for Ghosts
Lee Deigaard (New Orleans, LA)
Project : Horses at the Museum
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
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.
SOUTHERN CONSTELLATIONS AT AMERICAN UNIVERSITY
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.