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
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.
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), 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.
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.