Associate Professor of Photography
Department of Art & Design,
East Tennessee State University
Tema Stauffer is a photographer whose work examines the social, economic, and cultural landscape of American spaces. Her work has been exhibited at Sasha Wolf, Daniel Cooney Fine Art, and Jen Bekman galleries in New York, as well as galleries and institutions nationally and internationally. Her work is currently represented by Tracey Morgan Gallery in Asheville, North Carolina. She is an Associate Professor of Photography at East Tennessee State University and has previously taught at Concordia University in Montreal, Ramapo College of New Jersey, College of Staten Island, School at ICP, William Paterson University, and Toxico Cultura in Mexico City. She was awarded an AOL 25 for 25 Grant for innovation in the arts in 2010 for her combined work as an artist, curator, and writer. She has contributed articles to PDNedu, American Photo Magazine, Ciel variable, Culturehall, and other publications.
In 2018, Daylight Books published a monograph of her Upstate series portraying the lingering legacy of American industrial and agricultural history in and around Hudson, New York. The book was nominated for the Unveil’d Photobook Award 2018 and the prints were exhibited at ETSU’s Reece Museum, Tracey Morgan Gallery, ilon Art Gallery, and Hudson Hall. Her current series, Southern Fiction, was exhibited at Tracey Morgan Gallery in Fall 2021. The production of this body of work received support from ETSU’s Research Development Committee through Small Grant Awards in 2019 and 2021 and Major Grant Awards in 2020 and 2022. She was also the recipient of a Tennessee Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowship in 2021. Daylight Books will release her second monograph, Southern Fiction, in September 2022.