Tema Stauffer is the recipient of a Tennessee Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowship award for her current series, Southern Fiction. She also received Small Grant Awards in 2019 and 2021 and Major Grant Awards in 2020 and 2022 for this body of work from East Tennessee State University’s Research Development Committee. Daylight Books released a monograph of Southern Fiction in October 2022. The book of 37 large-format color photographs includes essays by writers Casey Cep, Lauren Rhoades, and Honorée Fanonne Jeffers.
A solo exhibition of Southern Fiction is on view at the Rutledge Gallery at the Winthrop University Galleries from August 21 – October 6, 2023 with a reception on Thursday, September 7 from 5:30 – 7:30pm and a conversation on Thursday, September 21.
Tema Stauffer participated in a panel discussion on Picturing the South with Ben Depp and Neilson Hubbard moderated by Ryan Steele at the Mississippi Book Festival in Jackson, MS on August 19, 2023
Melanie Chapman reviewed Southern Fiction for the PhotoBook Journal: Tema Stauffer – Southern Fiction
Southern Fiction was listed as one of 7 display-worthy books ideal for holiday giving by Suzanne Van Atten for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution
The Luupe included Southern Fiction in a roundup of Fifty-Seven Photography Books That Made Us See Differently in 2022
Bill Shapiro featured Southern Fiction for Esquire’s Our Favorite Photo Books of Fall 2022
An interview for the KnoxvilleVoyager in “The Change-Makers: stories that inspire” series: Life & Work with Tema Stauffer
A conversation between Matt Sawyer and Tema Stauffer is an episode of the Story Made Podcast series
Lauren Rhoades spoke with Tema Stauffer on the radio for Mississippi Arts Hour: The Mississippi Arts Hour | Tema Stauffer
A short interview by Matt Peiken for Blue Ridge Public Radio about Southern Fiction: Tema Stauffer provides the photos and leaves the narrative to her viewers
The New Yorker Photo Booth published the foreword to Southern Fiction by staff writer Casey Cep: The Real Places That Gave Rise to Southern Fictions
Salvation South published an essay from Southern Fiction by contributing writer Lauren Rhoades: Tema Stauffer’s Sense of Place
Harper’s Magazine published an essay from Southern Fiction by contributing writer Honorée Fanonne Jeffers: Almost Home