As part of its first round of funding for fiscal year 2016, the National Endowment for the Arts has awarded more than $27.6 million, including an Art Works grant of $40,000 to the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art in Charleston, S.C. The grant will help support a major exhibition featuring photography of and about the South, to be exhibited in 2017.
Southbound: Photographs of and about the New South, is a multi-media project comprised of some 50 photographers’ visions of the South over several decades at the turn of the 21st century. Accordingly, it will offer a composite image of the region. The photographs echo stories told about the South as a bastion of tradition, as a region remade through Americanization and globalization, and as a land full of surprising realities.
The photographs will be complemented by a commissioned video, an interactive digital mapping environment, an extensive stand-alone website, and a comprehensive exhibition catalog. This publication, as well as additional programming, will draw on expertise from disciplines in the arts, humanities and social sciences.
Southbound is co-curated by Mark Sloan, director and chief curator of the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, and Mark Long, professor of political science, both at the College of Charleston.
NEA’s Art Works category supports the creation of work and presentation of both new and existing work, lifelong learning in the arts, and public engagement with the arts through 13 arts disciplines or fields.
In its first 50 years, the NEA has awarded more than $5 billion in grants to recipients in every state and U.S. jurisdiction, the only arts funder in the nation to do so.
Image: John Hathaway, Little Stony Creek, Watauga Lake, 2012
Via: Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art