OVERVIEW

Southern Constellations (SOCO) is an annual, curated, fellowship program that explores experimental practices across a network of Southern artists.

The 6 selected SOCO Fellows are supported through a month-long residency, provided room and board in the historic museum, travel support, and $1000 artist honorariums to create new site-specific projects within Elsewhere. While working independently at Elsewhere, Fellows are featured in public events, expanded conversations, and exhibitions around the region.

Elsewhere seeks artists with compelling, critical, socially engaged work and a commitment to their city or region who demonstrate conceptual and aesthetic experimentation with practice. This fellowship residency and ongoing participation in a regional arts network would be a transformative experience for all ideal candidates. Elsewhere seeks a diverse cohort in terms of geography, race, identity, medium, and capacity.

 

Eligible 2019 fellow candidates are nominated by arts professionals and through open applications.

The application period for the 2019 SOCO Fellowship is April – July 10th, 2018.

The SOCO Residency will take place June 2019.

Fellows are expected to sign a contract and participate in the full-month residency.

 

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

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ELIGIBILITY

Fear No Joy, Zeelie Brown (Brooklyn, NY; Pollard, AL)
Southern Constellations Fellow. July 2017. Performance documentation. Cello, bleach on denim, ribbons, roses.

To be eligible for a Southern Constellation Fellowship, artists must be based or raised in the Southern United States* and able to attend the full month-long residency in June 2019 (exact dates TBA).

Artists eligible for these Fellowships (room, board, travel, $1000 honorarium) should keep in mind that this curated residency only has 6 spaces and is very competitive. The selection committee seeks residents who demonstrate commitment of applied skills, design intention, site-specific interest, and community participation.

Applications are reviewed through a robust, multistage process that involves past SOCO fellows, state and local arts professionals, community members, and Elsewhere directors. Each one is reviewed individually to ensure applicants get adequate attention and accurate representation; a final review of top candidates curates the 6 fellows for the residency session.

Fellowships are primarily based on nominations from a group of over +30 artists, curators, collectors, and university educators to expand a 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 these artistic networks, self-nominated applications are also considered through our residency application process.

***Don’t know much about Elsewhere? Please review all tabs on this page, the Residencies page, and peruse our website to learn about Elsewhere and what we offer.***


LOGISTICS:

APPLICATION DUE: July 10th, 2018 at 11:59pm EST.

NOTIFICATION: September 5th, 2018. If you have not heard from us by this date, contact museum@goelsewhere.org.

CONTRACT DUE: If accepted, you will be asked to sign a contract by October 12th, 2018 as reservation and confirmation of your acceptance.

 

To apply, review all tabs on this webpage & complete online application here.

 

*Limited to being born, raised, or based out of: Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia, and Washington DC.

PAST FELLOWS

11½ Spells for Our Future Selves, Ash Eliza Smith (Morganton, NC / San Diego, CA)
Southern Constellations Fellow. July 2017. Sculpture documentation. Installation, performance, 3d prints, bacteria samples in petri dishes, found items.

2017 | YEAR 5

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

Zeelie Brown (Pollard, AL / Brooklyn, NY)
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 4

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 3

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 2

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

2013 | YEAR 1

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