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Smith Gallery presents Southern Constellations

BOONE—Smith Gallery at Appalachian State University presents Southern Constellations, an exhibition of select works from artists participating in the Southern Constellations program at the Elsewhere Museum in Greensboro.

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Southern Constellations is curated by Jennie Carlisle and Cyrus Smith. It will be on view through Nov. 18 in the gallery located in the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts.

Southern Constellations features works in a variety of materials and processes from artists Lee Deigaard, Andrew Raffo Dewar, Nikita Gale, Hillerbrand+Magsaman, Nsenga Knight, John Q, Melissa Vandenberg, Izel Vargas, Stacy Lynn Waddell and Martha Whittington.

The gallery will host three public events Nov. 13 in conjunction with the exhibition.

Elsewhere’s executive director George Scheer will explore ways to support and develop creative missions while navigating grants, private giving and earned incomes during a seminar at noon in room 212 in Wey Hall.

Production curator Jennie Carlisle will discuss processes at the museum that blur and overlap traditional roles of art and production and presentation, as well as the development of this trend in contemporary exhibition practices. Her seminar begins at 1 p.m. in room 212 in Wey Hall.

Hayes School of Music faculty member Todd Wright and music students Nic Pressley, Grant Smith and Tyler Piette will play musical scores created by Andrew Raffo Dewar from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in Smith Gallery.

About the Artists

Lee Deigaard’s work explores animal protagonists and the emotional spaces and physical landscapes where humans and animals cohabitate. She graduated from Yale University with a major in fine arts and earned graduate degrees from the University of Michigan School of Art and Design and from the University of Texas at Austin. She has lived and worked in New Orleans since 2002.

Andrew Raffo Dewar is a composer, soprano saxophonist, ethnomusicologist, educator and arts organizer. He is an assistant professor in the experimental, interdisciplinary New College at the University of Alabama, co-director of the university’s Creative Campus arts and culture initiative and founding artistic director of UA’s Sonic Frontiers concert series for innovative and experimental music.

Nikita Gale is a self-taught conceptual artist based in Atlanta. She holds a B.A. in anthropology and archaeological studies from Yale University.

Hillerbrand+Magsamen are a collaborative husband and wife visual artist team comprised of Stephan Hillerbrand and Mary Magsamen. Based in Houston, their interdisciplinary projects explore family identity, everyday interactions and consumer culture.

Nsenga Knight is an interdisciplinary artist and filmmaker based in Brooklyn, New York. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in film at Howard University and a Masters of Fine Arts degree at the University of Pennsylvania.

John Q is an idea collective whose name references “John Q. Public.” The “public” is considered a kind of public scholarship, and the “Q” references the group’s interest in queer history and politics. Members are Joey Orr, who holds an M.A. in visual and critical studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is an ABD Arts and Sciences Fellow at Emory University’s Graduate Institute of the Liberal Arts, and Wesley Chenault, a certified archivist and head of special collections and archives at Virginia Commonwealth University’s James Branch Cabell Library, who holds a Ph.D. in American studies from the University of New Mexico and an M.A. in women’s studies from Georgia State University.

Born and raised in Detroit, Melissa Vandenberg is an artist, educator and curator living in eastern Kentucky. Her recent creative inquires investigate fear, impermanence and power with everyday materials like fabric, stickers, temporary tattoos and found objects.

Izel Vargas is a South Florida-based mixed media artist and educator from the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas. He earned his B.F.A. from the University of Texas Pan American and his M.F.A. from UNC Chapel Hill.

Stacy Lynn Waddell creates works that appropriate the power invested in linguistics, historical record and cultural leitmotifs. She earned her M.F.A. from UNC Chapel Hill in 2007, and currently resides in Chapel Hill.

Martha Whittington’s constructed environments speak to the tenderness and innocence of the human spirit as it faces the harshness and treachery of life and labor. She received her B.F.A. in sculpture from the Kansas City Art Institute and her M.F.A. in sculpture from Tyler School of Art. She is a professor at Savannah College of Art & Design in Georgia.

About Elsewhere

Elsewhere Museum is an artist-run non-profit contemporary art organization, set in a former thrift store in downtown Greensboro. Utilizing the massive 58-year inventory, Elsewhere’s environment of art and everyday objects invokes new modes for creative response, living, doing and exchanging in its downtown neighborhood and across the world. Through an annual process of peer nomination, six Southern Constellations fellows from across the region participate in Elsewhere Museum’s residency program. This exhibition includes select projects that investigate the museum and its dense collection of material from popular culture.

About Smith Gallery

The Smith Gallery is located in the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts at 733 Rivers St. on the campus of Appalachian State University. Admission is free for all events and programs. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and during special events. For more information, call 828-262-7338 or visit