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Sheila Pree Bright: 1960Now

Sep 26, 2015 - Nov 28, 2015
10am - 5pm

2014/2015 Working Artist Project

The 2014/2015 Working Artist Project was selected by Siri Engberg, Senior Curator of Visual Arts at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.

About the Exhibition:

Sheila Pree Bright: 1960Now

Over the past decade, Sheila Pree Bright has probed American culture through her incisive use of portrait photography in both gallery and public settings. Her latest photographic project—her most ambitious to date—celebrates a generation of leaders from Atlanta and elsewhere in the American south who became the catalyst for social change in the early 1960s.

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About the Artist:

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 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.

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