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Contemporary South 2019 

May 3 - June 29
VAE Main Gallery

VAE’s Contemporary South (CoSo) exhibit showcases what the regional south is currently thinking, discussing, and making work about. In one of our most popular annual calls VAE sought entries from artists currently working in the following 11 states: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. This year’s exhibit was juried and curated by Rachel Reese, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Telfair Museums in Savannah, Georgia.


Tamara Bagnell - SunDrip
Morgan Benshoff Let Me Get in My Thing
Annie BlazejackHabitat
Erin CanadyTen Years pt. II
Jessi Clodfelter - Self Portrait in Green
Nicholas Fagan - Rabbit looking into Void
Skylar Farrow - A New Life
Emily Furr - J&P Coats
Anne Herbert - Night Bloomer
Haylee Horn - Oh to hold
Kori Horvath - Gaze
Elliot Keeley - Divider
Alexandra KnoxConsume
Llucy Llong AKKUB
Connor McNerneyA Real Stick
Sean MickChaos
Julia Morrisroe Y/Our Eyes Open
Jeffrey MoserBerlin Transport Loop
Juan NegroniLandscape in foreground
Jeff NewellA Momentary Expediency into Line
Richard NickelNickel Family Jingle Company, The Family
Cache Owens Fantasma 5
Stephanie Paine Diver
Dusty Rhodes“Study” for LOVEwork, Capitol Square, Richmond
Zoe SassonThe Funny One
Barbara SchreiberGreen House
J.D. Scott - Sky Pieces
Kristen Solecki - Conservation of Energy
Hannah Surace - Vessel IV
Katherine Toler - waiting room
Carlos Vargas - 74/40001/45

Portrait of Rachel Reese

Rachel Reese is Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at Telfair Museums in Savannah, GA since 2015. At Telfair Museums, she stewards the permanent collection of modern and contemporary art as well as organizes temporary and special exhibitions in the Jepson Center--including 20 exhibitions, with associated acquisitions, that have garnered multiple awards and myriad press. Among them include solo exhibitions with Carrie Mae Weems, Paul Stephen Benjamin, Nick Cave, William Wegman, Triple Candie, and a group exhibition titled Generation with Iraqi-Canadian artists Sawsan AlSaraf, Sundus Abdul Hadi and Tamara Abdul Hadi. Reese also stewards a long-term modern and contemporary permanent collection exhibition titled Complex Uncertainties: Artists in Postwar America. Reese is currently organizing a retrospective with Savannah-based artist Suzanne Jackson (American, b. 1944) with planned monograph that will open in summer 2019 along with exhibitions by Michael Kolster, Katherine Sandoz, and a group exhibition of contemporary artists responding to Melville’s Moby Dick. Recent publications include Radical Plastic (Cue Foundation, 2016), Jiha Moon: Double Welcome (Halsey Institute, 2016), Pratfall Tramps (Atlanta Contemporary, 2015). Reese held prior positions at Atlanta Contemporary in Atlanta; Fleisher/Ollman Gallery in Philadelphia; and Deitch Projects, Petzel Gallery and Andrew Kreps Gallery in New York. As an arts writer, Reese was a former editor of BURNAWAY magazine in Atlanta, and her writing and artist interviews appear in BOMB Daily, Temporary Art Review, TWELV Magazine, and ART PAPERS, among others. She has taught Critical Issues art courses at PAFA in Philadelphia and Georgia State University in Atlanta. Reese is the 2018 consulting curator for the Public Art Exhibition on Hilton Head Island and frequently guest juries and curates for nonprofit arts organizations. Reese holds an MFA from City College New York and a BFA from the University of Georgia.

Events and Projects

May 3rd - First Friday

May 23rd - Member cocktail hour with Valerie Hillings

June 1st - Curator talk with Rachel Reese


VAE works to make all of our exhibitions, programs, and facilities accessible to all people who appreciate creativity! VAE is a single story facility and all galleries, offices, and facilities are physically accessible. VAE is happy to provide audio description tours, ASL interpretation for our exhibition and/or special events, and/or make documents available Braille or large print. A two-week advance request for these accommodations is appreciated! Please email Kyle to let us know how we can make your visit happen!