OVERVIEW

Southern Constellations (SoCo) is a curated Fellowship program that explores experimental practices across a network of Southern artists. SoCo Fellows receive full funding to attend the month-long residency, including room and board in the historic museum, with additional travel support, and a $1000 honorarium. Fellows are specially featured in the press, public events, and exhibitions.

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.

 

The SOCO Residency will take place October 11th – November 6th, 2018.
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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CONTEXT

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Elsewhere’s environment is highly stimulating, conceptual, and social— the museum hosts an incredible density of materials and continuous public activity. Composed by layers of artworks and objects, there are no white walls, blank spaces, or separate studios. Everything is interpreted contextually and in situ. Artists-in-residence respond to a collection of artworks and materials to make visible their conceptual, material, and social visions. Projects engage Elsewhere’s Museum as a platform for creative, performative, research-based, and curatorial experimentation. The century-old inventory of objects form a natural resource, archive, and set of incredible things, available for thoughtful and site-specific transformation.

The museum is a public space and home. Residents live on the 2nd floor, which includes the artist-built boarding house and other installation works. The kitchen is centrally featured in the museum’s 1st floor, and exhibits Elsewhere’s cooperative living practices. Studios include a wood shop, fabric workshop, tech lab, storefront theater, vintage wardrobe, garden, and communal kitchen inside the 100+year-old building; an off-site maker-space provides artists equipment for welding, carpentry, textiles, ceramics, 3d printing, and laser etching.

Elsewhere is situated in Downtown Greensboro, NC, a revitalizing mid-size, southern city. Greensboro is notable for its historical and social legacy of textile industry and civil rights, and is a place where creative, critical work is being produced. The city boasts 5 universities and a rich arts community that includes contemporary theater, visual arts, dance, and music. A new Experiential School offers community-centered elementary education and utilizes downtown (and Elsewhere) as its campus. A large system of parks, trailways, greenways, and lakes support active engagement with nature and connect communities to downtown. Greensboro is located within an hour of other thriving art, education, and social-engaged communities, including Winston-Salem, Durham, Chapel-Hill, and Raleigh.

We share our block with a maker-space, contemporary art project space, piano restorer, sneaker shop, cat café, numerous restaurants, bars, historic neighborhoods, activist churches, small businesses, and an expanding community of entrepreneurs. Nearby is a new performing arts center, the International Civil Rights Museum, a dynamic city park, and a citywide campus for nursing education. We are also in proximity to food deserts, fragile and gentrifying neighborhoods, and empty buildings. We partner with social and justice organizations, neighborhood associations, public schools, non-profits, universities, and city departments. Elsewhere shares space with the local chapter of Black Lives Matter (#BLMGateCity) and is a site for community building, social organizing, and direct action. As a post-industrial, southern city with progressive roots, Greensboro citizens are actively invested in fostering social, economic, and racial equity. These concerns have always been part of the city’s fabric. Elsewhere is simply expanding the way we share these stories.

For more on Elsewhere’s history, please visit our Story page.

ROOM & BOARD

While in residence at Elsewhere, all Fellows are provided with:

A cozy private bednook in a shared boarding room. Elsewhere has Heat & AC, fire alarms, exits, sprinklers, monitoring, safety egress & evacuation systems in place. See residential spaces here.

Access to the fully equipped Kitchen Commons and locally sourced food co-operative that offers organized, community lunches 5 days/week and do-it-yourself provisions 24 hours/7 days a week. All participants in the Food Co-Op, including residents, are asked to cook 1 day per week and clean collectively after shared meals. See kitchen info here.

***All participants cook 1 day/wk, clean collectively after shared meals, join a weekly 30-min house meeting followed by a collective hr-long clean of common areas.

***We cannot accommodate significant others and/or collaborators, etc. who were not included in the original agreement. Non-Service pets are not accepted.

***Elsewhere, while rustic, had recent renovations, inclusive of HVAC, safety egress and evacuation systems (fire monitoring, alarms, sprinklers, exits), as well as ADA accessibility on the 1st floor. All bathrooms are single stall and gender neutral. Families and caregivers are welcome when possible. Please email for in-depth accommodations.

Resident RoomCreature ComfortsAngela Zammerilli, Mary Rothlisberger, Jay Gamble (Various Locations)
2012. Installation view. Museum collection textiles, assorted wood, found beds.

2011May24NH-Elsewhere0009Kitchen Commons, J. Morgan Puett (Beach Lake, PA)
2011. Installation view. Museum collection kitchen supplies, equipment, dishware.

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