Tema Stauffer is the recipient of a Tennessee Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowship award for her recent 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.

Analogues: North & South, comprising Tema Stauffer’s Upstate and Southern Fiction series on two floors of the gallery, will be on view at Upstairs Artspace in Tryon, NC from June 9 – August 2 with a reception on Sunday, June 9 from 2:30 – 4:30pm.

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 FictionTema 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