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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 a Major Grant Award in 2020 for this body of work from East Tennessee State University’s Research Development Committee.

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 recently 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 

Daylight Books published a monograph of Upstate: Photographs by Tema Stauffer with essays by novelist Xhenet Aliu and photo scholar Alison Nordström in fall 2018.

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Upstate was nominated for the Unveil’d Photobook Award 2018.