An exhibition featuring the 2021 Southern Prize and State Fellowships opened at the Bo Bartlett Center at Columbus State University in Columbus, GA from August 20 - December 20, 2021. Following the installation at the Bo Bartlett Center, the exhibition is touring to the following locations:
The 2020 Southern Prize and State Fellowships exhibition extended online with a series of conversations between the nine artists and Burnaway, the leading arts magazine celebrating art from the South. These lunchtime conversations—held between February and April 2021—explored each artist's work and what it means to be an artist who lives and works in the South. Each conversation was led by Erin Jane Nelson, executive director for Burnaway, and the winning artists. Attendees participated in a Q&A with the artists about their work.
South Arts recorded each interview between Burnaway and the 2020 Southern Prize & State Fellowship recipients.
April 12, 2021: Burnaway's Erin Nelson interviewed Sherrill Roland, 2020 Southern Prize winner and North Carolina Fellow.
March 25, 2021: Burnaway's Erin Nelson interviewed Karen Ocker (LA Fellow), Fahamu Pecou (GA Fellow), Kristi Ryba (SC Fellow), and Bill Steber (TN Fellow).
February 25, 2021: Burnaway's Erin Nelson interviewed Ashleigh Coleman (2020 Mississippi Fellow), Carlton Nell (2020 Southern Prize finalist and Alabama Fellow), Letitia Quesenberry (2020 Kentucky Fellow), and Alba Triana (2020 Florida Fellow).
These conversations are produced in partnership between South Arts and Burnaway. Burnaway is an Atlanta-based, artist-run organization with three core programs: a magazine of contemporary art and criticism; career training for aspiring arts writers and cultural journalists; and advocacy for artists and writers working in the southern United States. Since 2008, the organization has brought vital critical dialogue to one of the most politically polarized, historically fraught, ecologically threatened, and economically disadvantaged parts of the country. From Appalachia to Miami, Nashville to New Orleans, Burnaway both documents and participates in the vibrant cultural landscape of the region and continues to wonder, What is the South?
From August 2020 through January 2021, an exhibition featuring work from the 2020 Southern Prize and State Fellows was on display at the Bo Bartlett Center at Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia. Although the exhibition is no longer on display, you may tour the virtual exhibition below and download the exhibition catalogue.
In 2019, South Arts mounted the first exhibition of Southern Prize and State Fellowship recipients. The 2019 Southern Prize and State Fellowships exhibition opened at the 701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, South Carolina and was on display from March - May 2019. The exhibition then toured to the Bo Bartlett Center at Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia, where it was on display from May - September 2019. Although the exhibition is no longer on display, you may view photos of the exhibition below and download the exhibition catalogue.