FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MAY 9, 2014
Elsewhere To Host Six Southern Artists For Experimental Residency Fellowships In Its Living Museum
[GREENSBORO, NC]â€”Elsewhere is excited to announce the start of the 2014 Southern Constellations curatorial initiative. Now in its second season, this initiative brings in a class of six southern-based artist fellows to create new, experimental works at the museum and to participate in dialogues on the conditions of experimental art production in the south. The 2014 Southern Constellations Fellows are:
- Izel Vargas (Boynton Beach, Florida)
- Travis Somerville (San Francisco, CA)
- Santiago Echeverry (Tampa, FL)
- Hillerbrand + Magsamen (Houston, TX)
- Martha Whittington (Atlanta, GA)
- Stacy Lynn Waddell (Chapel Hill, NC)
Southern Constellations is a National Endowment for the Arts funded initiative that advances Elsewhereâ€™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. Artists based in the Southern United States are invited to apply by a nomination committee comprised of curators, artists, and arts administrators also working in the South. Elsewhere hosted an open call for applications from artists of color based in North Carolina.
During the residencies, Elsewhere will host public events with each visiting fellow to introduce local artists, curators, and museum visitors to their creative process. The program will culminate with a convergence that invites regional curators, artists, and returning fellows for a curated conversation about connecting art and experimentation in the South.
Jina Valentine, an artist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Art at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill is the programâ€™s consulting curator this year. She is working alongside Elsewhereâ€™s Production Curator, Jennie Carlisle, to design this years program. Valentine has a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University and a MFA at Stanford University. 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.
â€œArtists need support systems that challenge them as well as help them to grow artistically and professionally,â€ says Carlisle, â€œ through the Southern Constellations program Elsewhere is able to offer this to outstanding southern artists and create connections across the regional arts community that expand those networks of support.â€
Elsewhere is an artist-run, non-profit contemporary art organization, set in a former thrift store in downtown Greensboro, NC. Utilizing the massive 58-year inventory, Elsewhereâ€™s environment of art and everyday objects invokes new modes for creative response, living, doing, and exchanging in our downtown neighborhood and across the world.
Elsewhere Production Curator
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