Southern Constellations

 2013- 2015 \ for Elsewhere, Greensboro, NC

Southern Constellations focuses on growing the regional ecology for experimental art practice in the Southeast.  It centers around bringing  six Southern based artists annually to Elsewhere to produce new site specific works and to build their support networks through participation in the museum’s community. These artists are selected through a rigorous nomination process that fosters connectivity between the museum, artists, and institutions across the region.  The projects they create take a wide variety of forms from objects and installations to performative actions. Publics at the museum engage with these projects through participation and special events. Finally, the initiative expands out from the museum, through additional exhibitions of Southern Constellations artists and projects hosted by other institutions, and an annual convergence specific to North Carolina makers. The program is now in its third year, and as it unfolds over time its connective mechanisms become more robust and expansive.

Artists who have received a Southern Constellations fellowship include: John Q, Melissa Vandenberg, Andrew Raffo Dewar, Nikita Gale, Jillian Meyer, Izel Vargas, Hillerbrand + Magsamen, Martha Whittington, Nsenga Knight, Lee Deigaard, Stacy Lynn Waddell, Regina Agu, Iman Person, Jana Harper, Rachel Debuque, George Jenne, and Hong-An Truong.

Exhibitions for the Southern Constellations Program have been organized with: The Atlanta Contemporary, The Smith Gallery at Appalachian State University, Artspace Raleigh, and the Alcott Gallery at the University of Chapel Hill at North Carolina.

The Program has been featured through invited lectures at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, at Winthrop University, Vanderbilt University and at the Alliance for Artist Communities Conference 2014.

Funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

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