Elsewhere, an artist-run “living museum” in Greensboro, North Carolina, has selected its fellows for the 2014 Southern Constellations program, now in its second year. They are Martha Whittington of Atlanta; Alabama-born San Francisco based Travis Somerville, who currently has a show on view at beta pictoris in Birmingham; Izel Vargas of Boynton Beach, Florida; Santiago Echeverry of Tampa; Hillerbrand + Magsamen of Houston; and Stacy Lynn Waddell of Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
The fellowship consists of a residency during which the artists create site-specific, experimental projects using materials from the museum’s former thrift-shop building, and participate in events, open studios, and talks about the making of experimental art. Winners, who also receive $1,000, are selected from artists nominated by over 30 Southern curators, gallerists, collectors, scholars, and other artists.
Southern Constellations is partly funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. According to its website, the program “is grounded in Elsewhere’s commitment to promoting local wisdom and regional participation in global contemporary conversations.”
Works by the inaugural group of Constellation artists will be on view June 20-22 at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center as part of its 9/50 Summit, featuring projects curated by Southern art presenters. Those artists are Nikita Gale, Joey Orr + Wesley Chenault of John Q, Nick Szuberla, Melissa Vandenberg, Andrew Raffo Dewar, and Jillian Mayer.