Exhibitions & Previous State Fellows

Beginning in 2019, South Arts has developed and installed exhibitions across the region featuring the Southern Prize and State Fellowship recipients. Keep reading for information about upcoming events, conversations with the artists, and archival information about previous exhibitions.

Do you want to bring the Southern Prize and State Fellowships touring exhibition to your community? Learn more about the exhibition and touring requirements!

2022 Southern Prize and State Fellowships Exhibition

Touring EXHIBITION

An exhibition featuring the 2022 Southern Prize and State Fellowships opened at the Bo Bartlett Center at Columbus State University in Columbus, GA, from September 1 - December 10, 2022. Following the installation at the Bo Bartlett Center, the exhibition is touring to the following locations:

Download the 2022 Southern Prize and State Fellowships exhibition catalogue

2021 Southern Prize and State Fellowships Exhibition

Touring Exhibition

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:

Meet the 2021 Southern Prize and State Fellows Download the 2021 Southern Prize and State Fellowships exhibition catalogue

2020 Southern Prize and State Fellowships Exhibition

Online Conversations with Burnaway

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?

EXHIBITION AT THE BO BARTLETT CENTER

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.

Download the 2020 Southern Prize and State Fellowships exhibition catalogue

2019 Southern Prize and State Fellowships Exhibition

EXHIBITION AT 701 Center for Contemporary Art and the Bo Bartlett Center

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.

Download the 2019 Southern Prize and State Fellowships exhibition catalogue

Bring the Southern Prize and State Fellowships Exhibition to Your Community

South Arts is seeking venues to host the Southern Prize and State Fellowships touring exhibition between late 2023 and 2028.

Touring Exhibition Details

If you are interested in partnering with South Arts to bring the Southern Prize and State Fellowships exhibition to your community between late 2023 and 2028, please read below and contact Emmitt Stevenson for additional details.

Exhibition Specifications

  • Number of Works: 33 works of art, including paintings, prints, sculpture, mixed media, installations and video
  • Organized By: South Arts’ Southern Prize & State Fellowships Program 
  • Curators:
    • 2022: Michaela Pilar Brown 
    • 2023-2028: TBD 
  • Approximate Size: 340 Linear Feet; 4,000 Square Feet (this is current for the 2022 touring exhibition; will vary according to artist and artwork selected)
  • Security: Moderate Security requirement 
  • Publication Sample: Southern Intersections: 2022 South Arts’ Southern Prize & State Fellows Artists (publication is printed and shipped to the exhibiting partner at no additional cost)
  • Fees: Exhibitors pay outgoing shipping fees within the contiguous US 
  • Tour Period: Annual tours: September – December (16 months)
  • Availability: Minimum of 2 months and a maximum of 4 month per site
  • Contact: Emmitt Stevenson (estevenson@southarts.org) for more information

Want to Learn More?

To learn more about the Southern Prize and State Fellowships or to inquire about bringing the exhibition to your community, please contact Emmitt Stevenson.

Contact Emmitt