Tennessee Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowship Award Recipient

William Faulkner’s Kitchen Curtains, Rowan Oak, Oxford, Mississippi, 2018

I am honored and grateful to be the recipient of a Tennessee Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowship award to support the completion, exhibition, and publication of my current series, Southern Fiction. This series of large-format color photographs explores the history of the American South using its literary tradition as a road map, focusing on environments which have shaped the imaginations of 20th-century Southern writers during their formative years or throughout the course of their lives and careers. The images portray domestic settings, vernacular architecture, and rural landscapes that visually resonate with the history, culture, and atmosphere of the Deep South.

Published in April 2021 Issue of Harper’s Magazine

Bedroom, Dream Catcher’s Sleep Lab, Dripping Springs, TX from AMERICAN STILLS was published along with a piece of fiction by Elizabeth Ellen in the April Issue of Harper’s Magazine available online as of today. The story, Lucky Woman, portrays a couple’s trip to a mattress store during the last days leading up to their divorce.

Podcast Interview on The Wise Fool

I was recently interviewed by Matthew Dols, an American professor based in Prague, for The Wise Fool, an interview series with artists and arts professionals around the world.  We discuss topics such as teaching photography online during the pandemic, writing about art, conceiving and creating a body of work, applying for grants and opportunities for artists, navigating the pressures of the art world and academia, capturing images on film, connecting with book publishers, and more. The podcast series is supported in part by EEA Grants from Iceland, Liechenstein and Norway, and there are many other voices to discover on The Wise Fool’s website. Our hour-long conversation is here: Photographer, Professor, + Curator, Tema Stauffer (Tennessee, USA) 

Vantage Points Virtual Photography Course at the Asheville Art Museum

I will be teaching two virtual photography classes on Thursday, February 11 and Thursday, February 18 from 6-8pm in conjunction with the Asheville Art Museum’s current photography exhibition, Vantage Points: Contemporary Photography from the Whitney Museum of American Art.  The first class will consist of an artist talk about my own work, and the second class will focus on critique of student work reflecting explorations of people, places, and narratives.  Students can register for the six-part course led by Paige Taylor, which also includes sessions with artists Bryon Tenesaca and Liz Williams, on the museum’s website before the deadline on February 4.