Sheila Pree Bright
A Summit LeaderStory

Wednesday, Nov. 19, 7 p.m., Frances Graves Auditorium, Campbell Hall

Sheila Pree BrightSheila Pree Bright 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 a M.F.A. 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. As of late last year, she 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 pay tribute to the humanity of African Americans. The indie art documentary premiered at Sundance film festival January 2014.

Bright’s most current work, 1960 Who public art series also received nationally attention as it was covered by Huffington Post after launching with Elevate Atlanta, November 2013. Bright placed larger than life portraits of youth leaders of the 1960’s on walls in downtown Atlanta. The work aims to inspire communities and connect generations toward positive solutions for social change. The street art series is the foundation for campaign initiative, Project 1960, which is a  digital anthropological study observing communities and their response to images as symbols. In  March 2014, Bright kick-off the second phase of the project as Artist-in-Residency at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum. She will be apart of the museum’s exhibition “For Whom It Stands: The Flag and the American People.”

Bright exhibitions include: Smithsonian Anacostia Museum in Washington, DC, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, The Art Gallery of Hamilton in Ontario, Canada, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Cleveland, Times Inc in NY, and the Leica Gallery in NY and FotoFest in Houston. She has been featured in numerous publications, the recipient of numerous awards and in private and public collections, which include; Library of Congress, Washington DC, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA, de Saisset Museum, Santa Clara, CA, The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT, Oppenheimer Collection, Overland, KS, The David C. Driskell Center, College  Park, MD, Sprint PCS and The Paul R. Jones Collection of American Art, Birmingham, AL.


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