2015 NOMINATIONS

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 20, 2014 at 11:59pm est

 

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Overview

Now entering its third 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.

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.

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 

PAST FELLOWS

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

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

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

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

Jillian Mayer (Miami, FL), Project:  LifeBox

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.

 

SELECTION

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

NEWS

News

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.