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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 will release a monograph of Southern Fiction in September 2022. The book of 37 large-format color photographs includes essays by writers Casey Cep, Lauren Rhoades, and Honorée Fanonne Jeffers.

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Southern Fiction was presented in a solo exhibition at Tracey Morgan Gallery in Asheville, North Carolina from November 5 – December 23, 2021. The exhibition was featured in Asheville Made: Tema Stauffer: Southern Fiction 

An short interview by Matt Peiken for Blue Ridge Public Radio about the exhibition can be heard here: Tema Stauffer provides the photos and leaves the narrative to her viewers 

The New Yorker’s Photo Booth published an essay about the Southern Fiction series by staff writer Casey Cep: THE REAL PLACES THAT GAVE RISE TO SOUTHERN FICTIONS 

Solo exhibitions of Southern Fiction are upcoming in 2022-23 at the Elizabeth Dunlap Patrick Gallery of the Winthrop Universities Galleries in South Carolina, the Reece Museum at East Tennessee State University, and the Baldwin Photographic Gallery at Middle Tennessee State University. Selections from the series are currently on view in Imaginary Landscapes: Stories of the American South in the Bunzl Gallery at The Bascom:  A Center for the Visual Arts in Highlands, North Carolina.