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.

To nominate an artist please fill out the google form below.  Nominated artists will be invited to apply for a Southern Constellations Fellowship through an online application.

Nomination deadline | December 14, 2014 at 11:59pm est




Now entering its second year, Southern Constellations is a curatorial initiative that supports the creation of experimental new works at the museum and connects contemporary art practices in the South.

Funded in-part by the National Endowment for the Arts, the program embeds six fellowship artists into Elsewhere’s artist residency for the production of site specific projects and participation in dialog on the conditions of experimental art production. It is grounded in Elsewhere’s commitment to promoting local wisdom and regional participation in global contemporary conversations. We aim to fore front, on the one hand, the process by which new art objects and practices emerge, and on the other, the way that art practices guided by local conditions develop new social frontiers.

The 2014 Southern Constellations Fellows are: Izel Vargas (Boynton Beach, FL),  Hillerbrand + Magsamen (Houston, TX), Martha Whittington (Atlanta, NC), Stacy Lynn Waddell (Chapel Hill, NC), Lee Deigaard (New Orleans, LA), and Nsenga Knight (Durham, NC).

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 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.

Throughout the season Southern Constellations Fellows participate in process talks, exhibitions, member events, public studios, and first friday events that connect audiences directly with artists. The curatorial initiative culminates with an annual convergence event that brings together critical perspectives on experimentation in the South from across the region for an afternoon of focused conversation and intensive collaboration.

More : Convergence 2014 : Neighbors and Networks 



2014 Southern Constellations Fellows

Painkiller 2013

Izel Vargas, Painkiller, 2013, mixed media on panel, 13″ x 13″

Izel Vargas (Boynton Beach, FL)

Izel Vargas was born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas. A native of Alamo, TX, his upbringing along the US – Mexico border plays an important role in his art making process. Vargas received his BFA in 2004 from the University of Texas – Pan American and his MFA from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill in 2007.

As an arts educator, he has worked with college students, at- risk youth, and taught courses at public art centers to both children and adults. Vargas has been invited to lecture at several notable institutions including Duke University, the Mint Museum in Charlotte, NC, and Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. The artist currently resides in South Florida and teaches courses at Florida Atlantic University.

Onsite : June 11-July 9

Artist Talk: June 12, 8:30pm

New Work Premiere: June 27, 5:30pm




Hillerband + Magsamen, Comfort. 50″ x 60″. polar fleece blankets, printed through Walmart

Hillerbrand + Magsamen (Houston, TX)

Hillerbrand+Magsamen are a collaborative husband and wife visual artist team made up of Stephan Hillerbrand and Mary Magsamen. Based in Houston, Texas their work draws upon the rich Fluxus practice of incorporating humor, performance, video art and everyday objects. Expanding their personal family life into a contemporary art conversation about family dynamics, suburban life and American consumer excess which they call “suburban fluxus”.

Hillerbrand+Magsamen have presented their videos in prestigious international film and media festivals including SCOPE Basel, WAND V Stuttgarter Filmwinter, Taiwan International Video Art Exhibition, New York Underground Film Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Boston Underground Film Festival, LA Freewaves New Media Art Festival.

Their cinematic based installations have been seen in Hong Gah Museum in Taiwan, the Hudson River Museum, Woodstock Center for Photography, Museum of Fine Art Houston, Light Factory Contemporary Museum of Photography and Film, and Houston Center for Photography. They have been awarded grants from Austin Film Society’s Texas Filmmakers’ Production Fund, Ohio Arts Council, Houston Arts Alliance and a Carol Crow Fellowship from the Houston Center for Photography.

They live and work in Houston, TX with their two children Madeleine and Emmett.

Onsite: July 30 – August 13

Artist Talk: July 31, 8:30 pm

New Work Premiere: August 8, 5:30pm



Martha Whittington, deus ex machina performance, 2012

Martha Whittington (Atlanta, GA)

Martha Whittington received her B.F.A. in Sculpture from the Kansas City Art Institute. She received her M.F.A. in Sculpture from Tyler School of Art, where she studied  with sculptor Winifred Lutz. Ms. Whittington has been the recipient of artist residencies at the Bemis Center in Omaha Nebraska and the Hambidge Center-Creative Arts in Rabun Gap Georgia. In support of her work, she has been awarded grants from the Museum of Contemporary Art Georgia, Office of Cultural Affairs Atlanta and Austin Green. She has exhibited her work both nationally and internationally with shows at Moot Gallery, Hong Kong, Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville Florida, Museum  of Contemporary Art Georgia,and the AMOA-Laguna Gloria Austin Texas. Her work is held in  the collections of Jim Leedy of Leedy Voulkos Art Center, Susan Bridges, Museum of Contemporary Art Georgia and Savannah College of Art and Design. Ms. Whittington is a Professor of Foundations Studies at the Savannah College of Art and Design.

Onsite : July 16 – Aug 20

Artist Talk : July 17, 8:30pm

New Work Premiere: August 16, 8:30pm


PULSE, multi-channel video installation, side view, Acadiana Center for the Arts, 2013.

Lee Deigaard (New Orleans, LA)

Lee’s work explores animal protagonists and the emotional spaces and physical landscapes where humans and animals co-habitate. Circulatory systems, ecological processes and ideas of flow, immersion, and convergence inform much of her work.

Lee Deigaard graduated from Yale University with a major in fine arts and earned graduate degrees from the University of Michigan School of Art and Design and from the University of Texas at Austin where she held a Michener Fellowship in Creative Writing. In 2012 she won the Clarence John Laughlin Award for her series of nocturnal photographs of animals “Unbidden”. In 2013, she had solo shows of site-specific installations at the Alexandria Museum of Art, the Acadiana Center for the Arts, the University of New Orleans, and the Contemporary Art Center in New Orleans. Her solo show of photography “Trespass” and her video installation “PULSE” were on view at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in 2014. Her work has been featured on National Geographic’s blog PROOF. She is a member of the New Orleans-based artist collective The Front. Some of her curations there include the group shows “PhotoBOMB”, “You Beautiful Bitch”, and “Latin for Crab”.

Onsite : August 6 – 20

Artist Talk : August 7, 8:30pm

New Work Premiere: August 8, 5:30pm



Nsenga Knight (Durham, NC)

Nsenga Knight is a interdisciplinary artist and filmmaker. Much of her work utilizes archive, memoir, and documentary materials, and expands upon the common aesthetic and theoretical concerns of the conceptual arts movement of the late 1960s and 70s, minimalism, Islamic geometrical art and other systems-based works. Through a restless hybridization of artistic practices she mobilizes a play with language and form and act as disruptive intervener and ardent preservationist. Knight has held residencies at Artspace in Raleigh, North Carolina, the Galveston Artist Residency (Galveston, TX), Brandywine Workshop (Philadelphia, PA), and Film/ Video Arts (New York, NY), and has been awarded with fellowships and grants from the Philadelphia Independent Film and Video Association, the Leeway Foundation, Brooklyn Arts Council, Brooklyn Historical Society, and the Puffin Foundation LTD. She has participated in recent solo and group exhibitions at Project Rowhouses in Houston, TX, Artspace in Raleigh, NC, Galveston Arts Center in Texas, MoCADA, New Museum and MoMA PS1 in New York. Knight earned a Bachelor of Arts in Film at Howard University and a Masters of Fine Arts degree at the University of Pennsylvania.

Onsite : August 6 – 20

Artist Talk : August 7, 8:30pm

New Work Premiere: August 8, 5:30pm

Installation view, 0 to 60: The Experience of Time in Contemporary Art, NC Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC, 8′ 10″ x 41 1/2 feet, mixed media wall installation. Photo Courtesy of Christopher Ciccone Photography.

Stacy Lynn Waddell (Chapel Hill, NC)

Stacy Lynn Waddell creates works that appropriate the power invested in linguistics, historical record and cultural leitmotifs. After earning her MFA from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2007, Waddell’s works and multimedia installations have been on view at the Franklin Humanities Institute at Duke University (NC), the Weatherspoon Art Museum (NC), The North Carolina Museum of Art (NC), The Gibbes Museum of Art (SC), The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PA), Project Row Houses (TX), The Studio Museum in Harlem (NY) and Koplin Del Rio (CA) among other venues.

Waddell’s works are represented in public and private collections across the country. She has been awarded a Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant, an Art Matters Grant and has been in residence at Project Row Houses. Currently, she is participating in When The Stars Begin To Fall: Imagination and the American South that originated at The Studio Museum in Harlem and will travel to the NSU Museum of Art, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. (Fall ’14) and the Institute of Contemporary Art-Boston, MA (Spr ‘15). She resides in Chapel Hill, NC.

Onsite : Oct 1 – 29

Artist Talk : October 2, 8:30pm

New Work Premiere: October 17, 5:30pm




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.

Invited nominators this year include:

Sam Anderson (Savannah, GA) The Ride Gallery, Director

Sarah Bancroft (Austin, TX) Fluent Collaborative, Assistant Director-Curatorial Affairs

Ragine Basha (Austin, TX), Test Site, Curator

Shana Berger (York, AL), Coleman Art Center, Director

Dan Brawley (Wilmington, NC), Cucalorus Film Festival, Director

Jennie Carlisle (Greensboro, NC), Elsewhere, Curator

Edie Carpenter (Greensboro, NC), GreenHill, Curator

Carol Cole (Greensboro, NC) Artist and Collector

Susannah Darrow (Atlanta, GA), Burnaway Magazine, Director

Anne Dennington (Atlanta, GA), Flux Projects, Director

Andrew Raffo Dewar (Tuscaloosa, AL), University of Alabama, Professor and Musician

Nancy Doll (Greensboro, NC) Weatherspoon Art Museum, Director

Trenton Doyle Hancock (Houston, TX), Artist

Xandra Eden (Greensboro, NC) Weatherspoon Art Museum, Curator

Cora Fisher (Winston-Salem, NC), SECCA, Curator

Nikita Gale (Atlanta, GA), Artist

Brendan Greaves (Chapel Hill, NC), Paradise of Bachelors Record Label, Curator

Stuart Horodner (Atlanta, GA), Atlanta Contemporary, Artistic Director

Kinsey Katchka (Raleigh, NC), Curator

Stacey Kirby (Durham, NC), Artist

Rainey Knudson (Houston, TX), Glass Tire, Director

Cary Levine (Chapel Hill, NC) UNC-CH, Art Historian

Jillian Mayer (Miami, FL), Artist

Ruben Millares (Miami, FL), Artist

Guido Maus (Birmingham, AL), Beta Pictoris Gallery, Gallerist and Curator

Sheryl Oring (Greensboro, NC), UNCG, Artist and Professor

Joey Orr (Atlanta, GA), Artist

Adrienne Outlaw (Nashville, TN), Seed Space, Artist and Program Director

Mark Scala (Nashville, TN), The Frist Center, Curator

Trevor Schoonmaker (Durham, NC), Nasher Museum of Art, Curator

Greg Shelnutt  (Greenville, SC), Clemson University, Artist

Teka Selman (Durham, NC),  Power Plant Gallery, Duke University, Gallery Director

Jody Servon (Boone, NC), Appalachian State University, Gallery Director

Cameron Shaw (New Orleans, LA), Pelican Bomb, Director

Gab Smith (Raleigh, NC), Raleigh Contemporary Art Museum, Museum Director

Anthony Spinello (Miami, FL), Spinello Projects, Director

Nick Szuberla (Whitesburg, KY), 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

Stephen Vitiello (Richmond, VA), Virginia Commonwealth University, Artist

Stacy Lynn Waddell (Chapel Hill, NC), Artist

Lee Walton (Greensboro, NC), Artist

Nia Wilson (Durham, NC), Spirit House, Artist

Agustina Woodgate (Miami, FL), Artist

Antonia Wright (Miami, FL), 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.


2013 – Year One

The Southern Constellations curatorial initiative began in the fall of 2012 when the Elsewhere team took a southern tour to eleven art production sites 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 that support the creation of new, risk taking art. Destinations included cities throughout Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Florida, and Texas.

Through this travel, a group of more than 30 nominators composed of southern-based curators, artists, and educators was formed to recommend individuals and artist teams to apply for fellowships at Elsewhere that would continue building support for experimental art practice throughout the region.

The first class of Southern Constellations Fellows came to Elsewhere in 2013. It 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

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

Jillian Mayer (Miami, FL), Project:  LifeBox

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.

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.

A catalog presenting the projects created in year one alongside critical reflections by project participants will launch in summer 2014.