Biography

Sheila Pree Bright (b. 1967 in Waycross, GA) is an award-winning fine-art photographer nationally known for her photographic series, Young Americans, Plastic Bodies, and Suburbia. National attention peaked shortly after Bright earned an MFA in Photography from Georgia State University. In 2006, she received the Center Prize from the Santa Fe Center of Photography for Suburbia. In the art world, she is described as a “cultural anthropologist” portraying large-scale works that combine a wide-range of contemporary culture. Bright went viral on Huffington Post for her Plastic Bodies series, which also appeared in an important documentary, “Through the Lens Darkly,” which explores the important role of Black photographers in capturing identity and celebrating images that explore and pay tribute to the humanity of African Americans. The indie art documentary premiered at Sundance film festival in January 2014.

Bright’s most current work, 1960Now, evolved from Bright’s public art series, 1960Who. 1960Who involved a street art gallery showcasing epic-sized portraits of unknown youth leaders of the 60’s who became members of the Civil Rights Movement, but are not widely known. The series launched four years ago in Atlanta and received national attention after being featured by Huffington Post in 2013. In placing larger than life portraits of young people of the 1960’s on walls in downtown Atlanta, the portraits humanized the faces of HBCU members of the Atlanta Student Movement as well as Freedom Riders from Atlanta to Connecticut.

Bright has exhibited at the High Museum of Art, Atlanta; Smithsonian Anacostia Museum in Washington, D.C.; the Art Gallery of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland; Time Inc, NY; FotoFest in Houston; and the Leica Gallery in New York. She has been featured in numerous publications, is the recipient of numerous awards and has work in private and public collections including the Library of Congress, Washington DC; High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA; de Saisset Museum, Santa Clara, CA; Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT; Oppenheimer Collection: Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland, KS; and Sprint PCS Art Collection, Overland, KS.